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Re: Lamictal causing suicidal attempt blueberry

Posted by SLS on May 27, 2006, at 9:17:21

In reply to Lamictal causing suicidal attempt, posted by blueberry on May 27, 2006, at 6:30:30

Hi Blueberry.

Psyhosage might be on to something. Do you feel agitated?

Lamictal can trigger mania. Perhaps it is a mixed-state. It is difficult to say. With psychotropic drugs, one is often reduced to testing them empirically by induction rather than forecasting or explaining their effects by deduction. Paradoxical reactions are very common with these drugs. You know all of this. If this thing continues, it might make sense to discontinue the drug and then, possibly, reintroduce it to test for an association.

In the meantime, I think it makes sense to increase your dosage of Zyprexa. I am dubious that 2.5mg would be that effective at reducing suicidality.

Depression is a clever liar. Try not to listen to what it is saying to you. It is difficult to "not think negatively". Perhaps you can begin to recognize when it is the depression that is talking rather than your intellect. It is so hard. Depression really does warp one's thinking. Perhaps a CBT approach would be helpful.

If it were me, I would try to call the doctor and describe the emergency to him. Maybe he has seen this before. I wouldn't let it go too many days. You don't deserve to suffer unnecessarily.

I know depression can be painful. It is genuine psychic pain. I would consider raising the dosage of Zyprexa at this point in time.

- Scott




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