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Re: Lamictal Side Effects -- Irritability/Hyperactive whiplash

Posted by obsidian on June 2, 2010, at 22:14:07

In reply to Lamictal Side Effects -- Irritability/Hyperactive, posted by whiplash on June 2, 2010, at 20:25:56

> Hi there. First time poster, long time lurker. Thanks for all the valuable information.
> So, I started taking lamictal to replace Lyrica, for neuropathic pain. Lyrica caused awful side effects -- massive wt gain, irrespective of diet and exercise, and the stupids.
> I have titrated up to 200 mgs of lamictal (5th day). I've noticed that every time I increase the dose I become manicy, irritable and hyperactive. Additionally, I've become sort of dyslexic -- for instance, I will reverse words and write a words that sounds like the word that I intended, but means something different, or spell the word like it sounds -- e.g. brewzed instead of bruised, bye instead of by, hallow instead of hello. I am usually very precise with my language, and a capable speller, so this is mildly distressing. But still, it's nothing like the cognitive blunting caused by Lyrica.

the irritability, hyperactive thing faded for me over time after each increase
the word stuff...I often say words close to what I mean, maybe in the same category, but really's very strange
my spelling remains pretty darn good

> I am wondering if these side effects will remit once I am stable on the 200 mgs, which I assume will take a few more weeks. Anyone have any insight, based on personal experience, including observation of another?
> Additionally, I am suffering from mild edema -- not nearly as badly as caused by Lyrica. I also started Cortef (oral hydrocortisone) at the same time, replacing Florinef, for postural orthostatic tachycardia.
> Thanks in advance.
> Whip




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