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Re: Cyclothymia mood stabilizers Sarena

Posted by GeoffW on April 15, 2002, at 8:54:18

In reply to Re: Cyclothymia mood stabilizers, posted by Sarena on March 23, 2002, at 11:37:12

> Hi, I'm new to this message board and am mildly unsure as to what it is all about. I stumbled ...it can be treated without therepy or medication. I'm also looking for other individuals who could share their experiences with this with me. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Hi My name is Geoff, I'm early 40s and live in the UK. I have what I think is cyclothymia, and have had it since my teens. The only treatment I am given at the moment is 20mg of fluoxetine (generic name for our old friend Prozac). This helps alot with mood stabilising and energy levels but I don't consider it makes me "normal". I've had about 1 and a half years' counselling which helps to deal with the ups and downs and the apparent external causes of mood shifts, but am not fully convinced that this is a purely cognitive as opposed to an organic condition. I manage to hold down a job most of the time, and have a family too, but I'm pretty difficult to live with when not on medication(!)
The hardest part is coping not just with the mood swings, but with my continually changing attitudes to everything - what or whoever seemed brilliant one day is boring or unattractive the next
A good book on the mood disorders is "A Mood Apart" by Peter Whybrow, an academic and one of the few professionals that actually seems to recognise this condition. The consensus seems to be that a combination of therapy & medication is the best approach. I haven't tried any of the "alternative" approaches, but have read alot of the self-help literature on depression. Little of this appears to be relevant to rapid mood cycling though. Hope this helps. Would be happy to hear more about your own experiences.

 

cyclothemia (I messed up above posts) Geoff

Posted by polarbear206 on April 15, 2002, at 10:01:38

In reply to Re: Cyclothymia mood stabilizers Sarena, posted by GeoffW on April 15, 2002, at 8:54:18

> > Hi, I'm new to this message board and am mildly unsure as to what it is all about. I stumbled ...it can be treated without therepy or medication. I'm also looking for other individuals who could share their experiences with this with me. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
>
> Hi My name is Geoff, I'm early 40s and live in the UK. I have what I think is cyclothymia, and have had it since my teens. The only treatment I am given at the moment is 20mg of fluoxetine (generic name for our old friend Prozac). This helps alot with mood stabilising and energy levels but I don't consider it makes me "normal". I've had about 1 and a half years' counselling which helps to deal with the ups and downs and the apparent external causes of mood shifts, but am not fully convinced that this is a purely cognitive as opposed to an organic condition. I manage to hold down a job most of the time, and have a family too, but I'm pretty difficult to live with when not on medication(!)
> The hardest part is coping not just with the mood swings, but with my continually changing attitudes to everything - what or whoever seemed brilliant one day is boring or unattractive the next
> A good book on the mood disorders is "A Mood Apart" by Peter Whybrow, an academic and one of the few professionals that actually seems to recognise this condition. The consensus seems to be that a combination of therapy & medication is the best approach. I haven't tried any of the "alternative" approaches, but have read alot of the self-help literature on depression. Little of this appears to be relevant to rapid mood cycling though. Hope this helps. Would be happy to hear more about your own experiences.


Geoff,
Hi! I also suffer from a mild form of bipolar disorder. You need to explore mood stablizers to find some balance in your life. Antidepressants used alone or in high doses can EXACERBATE your mood cycle. A good book to read is "Why your depression isn't getting better" By Michael R. Bartos MD. It's about the epidemic of undiagnosed bipolar spectrum disorders. I have been like this since my son was born 13 years ago. I also had some mild depression as a teen. I tried Lithium and Depakote in the past and didn't work out. I'm on Lamictal now and it's working very well!! There are very well educated people on this board who can give you good advice. I'm positive that you will find the right cocktail of meds to find peace and balance with your life!! I'm also 41 and a psychiatric nurse of all things. I feel very passionate about proper diagnosis and treatment. Educate yourself about your illness as much as possible. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Laura.

 

Re: cyclothemia (I messed up above posts) Geoff

Posted by Katrina on April 15, 2002, at 11:27:39

In reply to cyclothemia (I messed up above posts) Geoff, posted by polarbear206 on April 15, 2002, at 10:01:38

Geoff,
I can totally relate. I just posted (Katrina) about my lamictal and trileptal trial. AD's seem to make this situation worse. Your post is one I absolutely understand. They tell me mood stabilizers. Lithium didn't help and depakote made me fall asleep at the wheel. Your trial may vary.

 

Polarbear-How much Lamictal are your on?

Posted by Katrina on April 15, 2002, at 11:31:16

In reply to Re: cyclothemia (I messed up above posts) Geoff, posted by Katrina on April 15, 2002, at 11:27:39

How much lamictal?

 

Re: cyclothemia (I messed up above posts) Geoff

Posted by Carter on April 15, 2002, at 11:47:39

In reply to Re: cyclothemia (I messed up above posts) Geoff, posted by Katrina on April 15, 2002, at 11:27:39

Hi Geoff,

I also have cyclothymia. I have been medicated on Wellbutrin (AD) since June 2000 and Depakote (mood stabilizer) since May 2001. Both of these have been working for me. I did, however, just talk my doc into bringing down my wellbutrin dosage. I was maxed out per day, but we cut it in half and I'm ok. You asked about this not being only cognitive, but organic. Yes! It is a chemical imbalance...something you can't help. The catch is everyday events aggrivate the condition so much. If you're only on prozac, I'd talk to your doc about changing your medication. Personally I get really irritable, and I mean everything irritates me. But the depakote has been working for me, and I am on a relatively low dosage. That's something that has been very important to me...trying to deal as well as possible without meds. Though I know I'll be on a mood stabilizer for the rest of my life...I'd like to keep down the dosage.

I have read so many of the books out there on depression and how to deal with it. What I found was that reading those books were contributing to my depression. When I can find info. on cyclothymia I read it. But as for all of the self-help books...I just got burned out on them. So now I surround myself with things I like, and things I find relaxing. Like soothing music, water in the background is great...and I have found that I function better without overhead lighting...I use lamps. I know it sounds weird. Although I can't manage to dedicate myself to a regular exercise routine, excercise helps tremendously! I have also found this on-line community to be a big help and Laura is right, there are a lot of very educated people who are very knowledgable about this subject. This is a great site! And incdentally, thanks to all of you out there that contribute...I know I appreciate it!

~Carter

 

Re: cyclothemia (I messed up above posts) Geoff

Posted by JMO on April 15, 2002, at 12:17:22

In reply to Re: cyclothemia (I messed up above posts) Geoff, posted by Carter on April 15, 2002, at 11:47:39

> Hi Geoff,
>
> I also have cyclothymia. I have been medicated on Wellbutrin (AD) since June 2000 and Depakote (mood stabilizer) since May 2001. Both of these have been working for me. I did, however, just talk my doc into bringing down my wellbutrin dosage. I was maxed out per day, but we cut it in half and I'm ok. You asked about this not being only cognitive, but organic. Yes! It is a chemical imbalance...something you can't help. The catch is everyday events aggrivate the condition so much. If you're only on prozac, I'd talk to your doc about changing your medication. Personally I get really irritable, and I mean everything irritates me. But the depakote has been working for me, and I am on a relatively low dosage. That's something that has been very important to me...trying to deal as well as possible without meds. Though I know I'll be on a mood stabilizer for the rest of my life...I'd like to keep down the dosage.
>
> I have read so many of the books out there on depression and how to deal with it. What I found was that reading those books were contributing to my depression. When I can find info. on cyclothymia I read it. But as for all of the self-help books...I just got burned out on them. So now I surround myself with things I like, and things I find relaxing. Like soothing music, water in the background is great...and I have found that I function better without overhead lighting...I use lamps. I know it sounds weird. Although I can't manage to dedicate myself to a regular exercise routine, excercise helps tremendously! I have also found this on-line community to be a big help and Laura is right, there are a lot of very educated people who are very knowledgable about this subject. This is a great site! And incdentally, thanks to all of you out there that contribute...I know I appreciate it!
>
> ~Carter

It is so great to hear of others who are experiencing similar "odd" things as me. I, too, am highly irritated by overhead lighting and prefer to use lamps. My coworkers think I'm a bat because of the low lighting in my office. BTW, they are not aware of my prognosis, it simply isn't their business and does not interfere with my work enough for them to notice. I'm currently on Serzone (300 mg) and would like to explore mood stabilizers with my doc. The serzone helped so much in the beginning but seems to have leveled off and the depression is no longer at bay. Would a mood stabilizer help? Thanks again for all the feedback.

 

Re: cyclothemia (I messed up above posts) Geoff Katrina

Posted by GeoffW on April 15, 2002, at 12:40:18

In reply to Re: cyclothemia (I messed up above posts) Geoff, posted by Katrina on April 15, 2002, at 11:27:39

Hi Katrina, thanks for that. There seem to be a good few well-informed people on this board; I have not tried any of these mood stabilizers although I have suggested the idea to doctors etc.

 

Re: cyclothemia (I messed up above posts) Geoff polarbear206

Posted by GeoffW on April 15, 2002, at 12:41:26

In reply to cyclothemia (I messed up above posts) Geoff, posted by polarbear206 on April 15, 2002, at 10:01:38

> > Hi My name is Geoff, I'm early 40s and live in the UK. I have what I think is cyclothymia, and have had it since my teens. The only treatment I am given at the moment is 20mg of fluoxetine (generic name for our old friend Prozac). ... Hope this helps. Would be happy to hear more about your own experiences.
>
>
> Geoff,
> Hi! I also suffer from a mild form of bipolar disorder. You need to explore mood stablizers to find some balance in your life. Antidepressants used alone or in high doses can EXACERBATE your mood cycle. A good book to read is "Why your depression isn't getting better" By Michael R. Bartos MD. It's about the epidemic of undiagnosed bipolar spectrum disorders. I have been like this since my son was born 13 years ago. I also had some mild depression as a teen. I tried Lithium and Depakote in the past and didn't work out. I'm on Lamictal now and it's working very well!! There are very well educated people on this board who can give you good advice. I'm positive that you will find the right cocktail of meds to find peace and balance with your life!! I'm also 41 and a psychiatric nurse of all things. I feel very passionate about proper diagnosis and treatment. Educate yourself about your illness as much as possible. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Laura.

Thanks for all those helpful comments. I do try and educate myself although it's hard to keep it going without some support, and when you assume the doctors know better than you do...
I've never heard of Lamictal until now, that is presumably a brand name and it may be sold under a different one here in the UK so I'll have to find out. I'll also get hold of that book. Thanks again, GeoffW

 

Mild Bipolar - mood stabilisers polarbear206

Posted by BarbaraCat on April 15, 2002, at 14:48:40

In reply to cyclothemia (I messed up above posts) Geoff, posted by polarbear206 on April 15, 2002, at 10:01:38

Laura,
I read you post with interest and agree that mood stabilisers seem to be the missing key in a large proportion of us non-responders. After 20 years of various antidepressants pooping out, with subsequent increases spinning me off into severe panic reactions, I recently had lithium added to my Remeron and other med mix. It's helped tremendously. I've followed the bread crumbs back to the trail and it looks like I definitely qualify for Bipolar II. Every red flag is there and I only wish I knew it then and had those 15-20 years of my life back again. My pdoc agrees, although why it had to be me to make that call remains one of the more frustrating mysteries of this process.

My questions to you are: how have you found lamactil to be different from lithium? Are you still taking an AD along with lamactil? Have you had experienced weight gain? Also, thanks for the book tip. I've put in an order from Amazon. - Barbara

 

Re: Polarbear-How much Lamictal are your on?

Posted by polarbear206 on April 15, 2002, at 15:41:56

In reply to Polarbear-How much Lamictal are your on?, posted by Katrina on April 15, 2002, at 11:31:16

> How much lamictal?

I take 100mg of imipramine and 25mg of Lamictal at night and 25mg in the morning.

 

Re: cyclothemia (I messed up above posts) JMO

Posted by polarbear206 on April 15, 2002, at 16:00:35

In reply to Re: cyclothemia (I messed up above posts) Geoff, posted by JMO on April 15, 2002, at 12:17:22

> > Hi Geoff,
> >
> > I also have cyclothymia. I have been medicated on Wellbutrin (AD) since June 2000 and Depakote (mood stabilizer) since May 2001. Both of these have been working for me. I did, however, just talk my doc into bringing down my wellbutrin dosage. I was maxed out per day, but we cut it in half and I'm ok. You asked about this not being only cognitive, but organic. Yes! It is a chemical imbalance...something you can't help. The catch is everyday events aggrivate the condition so much. If you're only on prozac, I'd talk to your doc about changing your medication. Personally I get really irritable, and I mean everything irritates me. But the depakote has been working for me, and I am on a relatively low dosage. That's something that has been very important to me...trying to deal as well as possible without meds. Though I know I'll be on a mood stabilizer for the rest of my life...I'd like to keep down the dosage.
> >
> > I have read so many of the books out there on depression and how to deal with it. What I found was that reading those books were contributing to my depression. When I can find info. on cyclothymia I read it. But as for all of the self-help books...I just got burned out on them. So now I surround myself with things I like, and things I find relaxing. Like soothing music, water in the background is great...and I have found that I function better without overhead lighting...I use lamps. I know it sounds weird. Although I can't manage to dedicate myself to a regular exercise routine, excercise helps tremendously! I have also found this on-line community to be a big help and Laura is right, there are a lot of very educated people who are very knowledgable about this subject. This is a great site! And incdentally, thanks to all of you out there that contribute...I know I appreciate it!
> >
> > ~Carter
>
> It is so great to hear of others who are experiencing similar "odd" things as me. I, too, am highly irritated by overhead lighting and prefer to use lamps. My coworkers think I'm a bat because of the low lighting in my office. BTW, they are not aware of my prognosis, it simply isn't their business and does not interfere with my work enough for them to notice. I'm currently on Serzone (300 mg) and would like to explore mood stabilizers with my doc. The serzone helped so much in the beginning but seems to have leveled off and the depression is no longer at bay. Would a mood stabilizer help? Thanks again for all the feedback.

JMO,
A red flag is going up in your line about the Serzone helping in the beginning then leveled off. This is one of the hallmark signs of a possible underlying mood disorder. The same thing happened with me. This is also discussed in the book I suggested in the above post.

Laura

 

Re: Cyclothymia mood stabilizers

Posted by Sarena on April 15, 2002, at 16:33:06

In reply to Re: Cyclothymia mood stabilizers Sarena, posted by GeoffW on April 15, 2002, at 8:54:18

> > Hi, I'm new to this message board and am mildly unsure as to what it is all about. I stumbled ...it can be treated without therepy or medication. I'm also looking for other individuals who could share their experiences with this with me. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
>
> Hi My name is Geoff, I'm early 40s and live in the UK. I have what I think is cyclothymia, and have had it since my teens. The only treatment I am given at the moment is 20mg of fluoxetine (generic name for our old friend Prozac). This helps alot with mood stabilising and energy levels but I don't consider it makes me "normal". I've had about 1 and a half years' counselling which helps to deal with the ups and downs and the apparent external causes of mood shifts, but am not fully convinced that this is a purely cognitive as opposed to an organic condition. I manage to hold down a job most of the time, and have a family too, but I'm pretty difficult to live with when not on medication(!)
> The hardest part is coping not just with the mood swings, but with my continually changing attitudes to everything - what or whoever seemed brilliant one day is boring or unattractive the next
> A good book on the mood disorders is "A Mood Apart" by Peter Whybrow, an academic and one of the few professionals that actually seems to recognise this condition. The consensus seems to be that a combination of therapy & medication is the best approach. I haven't tried any of the "alternative" approaches, but have read alot of the self-help literature on depression. Little of this appears to be relevant to rapid mood cycling though. Hope this helps. Would be happy to hear more about your own experiences.

Well, I'm only 16 and have experiencing alternating depression/high energy levels for about three years. Some time periods are a lot better than others. Only in the last couple of months, when the mood swings became more frequent and intense, have I began to investigate. The only thing I've come up with is cyclothymia-which is only an educated guess, I haven't been professionally diagnoised. So I guess I started using this page for information and some support-I feel rather alone on this subject and am uncomfortable talking about it to others. Recommended books and ways of dealing with this would be greatly appreciated if anyone had some. Thanks

~Sarena

 

Re: Cyclothymia mood stabilizers

Posted by Mondeo on April 16, 2002, at 8:55:25

In reply to Re: Cyclothymia mood stabilizers, posted by Raizelle on March 3, 2002, at 3:19:42

Hey,practically there are some more modern approaches to the issue bothering you and I am referring to Lamictal which seems to be a better med.than Depakote,dueto its specific AD quality,missing from the other known Mood Stabilizers ; I suggest you to discuss it with your doc.,moreover that he has indeed a correct opinion about extra AD's administration(trying to avoid hypomania,rapid cycling etc.)
good luck
Mondeo

> Hey, I have recently been diagnosed as having bipolar II, though I kinda disagree and think I just have cyclothymia. My psychiatrist put me on 750 mg of depakote and said that it was real small dosage, I just started taking it and was curious about other people's experience with it.My psychiatrist wont put me on an anti-depressant for now cuz shes scared of me going manic. Personally, I think that when I'm manic I'm not that manic and I do great things, even if i don't manage to do them for real long periods of time...but that's because I start going down again. Is there anyway to keep highs without having lows? I think this forum is a great idea and don't know if anyone still reads this. I know this post is a little long winded...so I hope you all forgive me. Thanx.;)

 

Re: Mild Bipolar - mood stabilisers BarbaraCat

Posted by polarbear206 on April 16, 2002, at 9:19:44

In reply to Mild Bipolar - mood stabilisers polarbear206, posted by BarbaraCat on April 15, 2002, at 14:48:40

> Laura,
> I read you post with interest and agree that mood stabilisers seem to be the missing key in a large proportion of us non-responders. After 20 years of various antidepressants pooping out, with subsequent increases spinning me off into severe panic reactions, I recently had lithium added to my Remeron and other med mix. It's helped tremendously. I've followed the bread crumbs back to the trail and it looks like I definitely qualify for Bipolar II. Every red flag is there and I only wish I knew it then and had those 15-20 years of my life back again. My pdoc agrees, although why it had to be me to make that call remains one of the more frustrating mysteries of this process.
>
> My questions to you are: how have you found lamactil to be different from lithium? Are you still taking an AD along with lamactil? Have you had experienced weight gain? Also, thanks for the book tip. I've put in an order from Amazon. - Barbara


Barbara,
I'm glad the Lithium is working for you!! I know what you mean by wishing you had all those years back! My bipolar is very mild and I've been
able to get by all these years with just antidepressants. Every year prior to the time change, I spiral down into a depression. It's starts out with hypersomnia, confusion and concentration problems, then escaltes to extreme anxiety. This year I added some Paxil too my Imipramine for the anxiety until I got to see my pdoc. I tried to up the Imipramine, but the higher dose just exacerbated my anxiety. I can't take high doses of any antidepressant due to it will induce hypoamnia, agitation and restlessness. I did try Lithium about 5 years ago. I must say that I probably didn't give it a fair trial because I was on Paxil at the time. My depression responds much better to the tricyclics. I also tried Depakote while on the Paxil and I was very sleepy. I have no side effects from the Lamictal. I got a diffuse rash on my arms and legs in the beginning, but that has resolved. Since starting the Lamictal, I've been able to wein off the Paxil and cut back the imipramine to 75mg. I'm staying at this for a while. I want to see how I get through the PMS this month. I think that alot of my PMS was exacerbated from the bipolar and not being on a mood stabilzer. The Lamictal also acts as a antidepressant/mood stabilizer, so you get the benifit of both from 1 pill. I only gained about 5 pounds on the Lithium. The Depakote causes more weight gain. So do the SSRI's verses the Imipramine. No weight gain from the Lamictal. I'm very active, exercise and eating healthy are a big part of my lifestyle. Of all the antidepressants I've been on , I've been able to loose and maintain my weight on the Imipramine. It's alot of hard work because I have to work twice as hard due to being on medication. It will get eaisier since I'm able to lower my dose. I'm sure you know that after you hit 35 or so the weight is much harder to get off!! My pdoc suspected I was bipolar many years ago, but I was scared to death of the Lithium. Back then there were only few choices of antimanic drugs available. All I know is that I'm feeling better than I've felt for a long time!
The peace and tranquility just feels "right". Having this illness and working in mental health has been a blessing in many ways. It feels good to reach out and help others.
LAURA

 

Re: Cyclothymia mood stabilizers Mondeo

Posted by polarbear206 on April 16, 2002, at 10:40:35

In reply to Re: Cyclothymia mood stabilizers, posted by Mondeo on April 16, 2002, at 8:55:25

> Hey,practically there are some more modern approaches to the issue bothering you and I am referring to Lamictal which seems to be a better med.than Depakote,dueto its specific AD quality,missing from the other known Mood Stabilizers ; I suggest you to discuss it with your doc.,moreover that he has indeed a correct opinion about extra AD's administration(trying to avoid hypomania,rapid cycling etc.)
> good luck
> Mondeo
>
> > Hey, I have recently been diagnosed as having bipolar II, though I kinda disagree and think I just have cyclothymia. My psychiatrist put me on 750 mg of depakote and said that it was real small dosage, I just started taking it and was curious about other people's experience with it.My psychiatrist wont put me on an anti-depressant for now cuz shes scared of me going manic. Personally, I think that when I'm manic I'm not that manic and I do great things, even if i don't manage to do them for real long periods of time...but that's because I start going down again. Is there anyway to keep highs without having lows? I think this forum is a great idea and don't know if anyone still reads this. I know this post is a little long winded...so I hope you all forgive me. Thanx.;)

Mondeo,
The upswing of this illness can just be periods of energy and getting alot accomplished. You don't have to present a textbook case of hypomania to be diagnosed as bipolar 2. In my case, my bipolar is depression dominated and my highs are just increased energy and a hyperthymic personality comes out. Many people don't realize that there is a very broad spectrum to bipolar dosorders. The various levels of bipolar illness other than true manic depression were thought to be rare and even, according to the current edition of DSM. However, research over the past two decades and in recent years, indicates it is considerably higher and perhaps may account for half of all clinical depressions. I find this very interesting!
Laura.

 

Re: Mild Bipolar - mood stabilisers polarbear206

Posted by BarbaraCat on April 17, 2002, at 0:02:26

In reply to Re: Mild Bipolar - mood stabilisers BarbaraCat, posted by polarbear206 on April 16, 2002, at 9:19:44

Laura,
Sounds like we have alot in common with our symptoms. Thanks for your answer. I think I'm going to ask my pdoc about trying lamactil next time. He added Topamax to the lithium to help with the weight gain but it's created some of the inner tension and restlessness that I'm wanting to be rid of. If lamactil doesn't cause weight gain, then I've heard enough good things about it, aside from the pesky rash thing, that it sounds worth giving a try. Best of luck to you. - Barbara

 

Re: Mild Bipolar - mood stabilisers BarbaraCat

Posted by Psydoc on April 18, 2002, at 5:02:39

In reply to Re: Mild Bipolar - mood stabilisers polarbear206, posted by BarbaraCat on April 17, 2002, at 0:02:26

Lamictal is turning out to be an excellent treatrment for people with Cyclothymia or Bipolar-II. While the rash is potentially a serious problem, I have treated over 300 patients with Lamictal, and while a few have developed a rash, over half of those who did, were able to continue on Lamictal after an adjustment in the dose and the speed with which the dose was being increased.

Best regards . . .

Ivan Goldberg
psydoc@psycom.net
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> Laura,
> Sounds like we have alot in common with our symptoms. Thanks for your answer. I think I'm going to ask my pdoc about trying lamactil next time. He added Topamax to the lithium to help with the weight gain but it's created some of the inner tension and restlessness that I'm wanting to be rid of. If lamactil doesn't cause weight gain, then I've heard enough good things about it, aside from the pesky rash thing, that it sounds worth giving a try. Best of luck to you. - Barbara

 

Re: Mild Bipolar - mood stabilisers Dr. Goldberg

Posted by polarbear206 on April 18, 2002, at 15:10:02

In reply to Re: Mild Bipolar - mood stabilisers BarbaraCat, posted by Psydoc on April 18, 2002, at 5:02:39

> Lamictal is turning out to be an excellent treatrment for people with Cyclothymia or Bipolar-II. While the rash is potentially a serious problem, I have treated over 300 patients with Lamictal, and while a few have developed a rash, over half of those who did, were able to continue on Lamictal after an adjustment in the dose and the speed with which the dose was being increased.
>
> Best regards . . .
>
> Ivan Goldberg
> psydoc@psycom.net
> %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
>
> > Laura,
> > Sounds like we have alot in common with our symptoms. Thanks for your answer. I think I'm going to ask my pdoc about trying lamactil next time. He added Topamax to the lithium to help with the weight gain but it's created some of the inner tension and restlessness that I'm wanting to be rid of. If lamactil doesn't cause weight gain, then I've heard enough good things about it, aside from the pesky rash thing, that it sounds worth giving a try. Best of luck to you. - Barbara


Dr. Goldberg,
I want to thank you for your wisdom, knowledge and compassion. Your dedication to your profession is outstanding. We are all greatful for your time and advice. " Depression Central" is an excellent informative site. For people like you, I have been able to endure my illness with courage and dignity!!

Laura

 

Question for Dr. Goldberg

Posted by Cecilia on April 21, 2002, at 0:23:45

In reply to Re: Mild Bipolar - mood stabilisers Dr. Goldberg, posted by polarbear206 on April 18, 2002, at 15:10:02

Of the patients you have treated with Lamictal, how many have had unipolar depression and what percent of these improved? I started Lamictal on Jan. 1, have been increasing the dose very slowly-upto 150 mg now (plus trazodone, celexa and clonazepam) no benefit yet-just wondering how many unipolars really do get any benefit from it. Thanks. Cecilia

 

Re: Question for Dr. Goldberg Cecilia

Posted by Psydoc on April 21, 2002, at 7:54:16

In reply to Question for Dr. Goldberg, posted by Cecilia on April 21, 2002, at 0:23:45

I have treated about a dozen people with "treatment-resistant" unipolar major depression with Lamictal. Despite their being individuals who had not done well with multiple previous treatments, about half showed meaningful improvement with Lamictal. Doses of about 400 mg/day continued for 6 to 8 weeks were typical.

There is little in print about the use of Lamictal to treat patients with unipolar depression. A letter by T.M. Maltese on the topic can be found in the November 1999 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Best regards . . .

Ivan Goldberg
psydoc@psycom.net
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

> Of the patients you have treated with Lamictal, how many have had unipolar depression and what percent of these improved? I started Lamictal on Jan. 1, have been increasing the dose very slowly-upto 150 mg now (plus trazodone, celexa and clonazepam) no benefit yet-just wondering how many unipolars really do get any benefit from it. Thanks. Cecilia

 

Re: Dr. Goldberg-1 week at Babble?????Dr. Bob? (nm)

Posted by Phil on April 21, 2002, at 8:47:37

In reply to Re: Question for Dr. Goldberg Cecilia, posted by Psydoc on April 21, 2002, at 7:54:16

 

Cyclothymia and Lamictal

Posted by allisonf on April 21, 2002, at 22:50:12

In reply to Re: Dr. Goldberg-1 week at Babble?????Dr. Bob? (nm), posted by Phil on April 21, 2002, at 8:47:37

Hi! I'm new to this thread (and relatively new to PB). I saw that you were all talking about Lamictal and I had to put in my 2c!

I was diagnosed with cyclothymia last fall and have been taking 200mgs of Lamictal since the end of January. It has helped tremendously so far, esp with the depressed side, and no side effects to speak of. I just started 25mg Seroquel to catch the hypomania before it starts this spring, but I think to treat bipolar depression (and maybe even unipolar?), Lamictal is a great choice.

Thanks for your input, Dr. Goldberg.

Also, Geoff, the generic name for Lamictal is lamotrigine. Maybe you can find it under that? Good luck!
Allison

 

Re: Cyclothymia and Lamictal

Posted by Psydoc on April 22, 2002, at 4:37:03

In reply to Cyclothymia and Lamictal, posted by allisonf on April 21, 2002, at 22:50:12

For those looking for information on Lamictal (lamotrigine) there is an FAQ at http://www.psycom.net/depression.central.lamotrigine.html. Included in the FAQ are links to abstracts of mamy publications on the psychiatric uses of Lamictal.

Best regards . . .

Ivan Goldberg
psydoc@psycom.net
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> Hi! I'm new to this thread (and relatively new to PB). I saw that you were all talking about Lamictal and I had to put in my 2c!
>
> I was diagnosed with cyclothymia last fall and have been taking 200mgs of Lamictal since the end of January. It has helped tremendously so far, esp with the depressed side, and no side effects to speak of. I just started 25mg Seroquel to catch the hypomania before it starts this spring, but I think to treat bipolar depression (and maybe even unipolar?), Lamictal is a great choice.
>
> Thanks for your input, Dr. Goldberg.
>
> Also, Geoff, the generic name for Lamictal is lamotrigine. Maybe you can find it under that? Good luck!
> Allison

 

Re: Question for Dr. Goldberg

Posted by Cecilia on April 23, 2002, at 1:35:07

In reply to Re: Question for Dr. Goldberg Cecilia, posted by Psydoc on April 21, 2002, at 7:54:16

> I have treated about a dozen people with "treatment-resistant" unipolar major depression with Lamictal. Despite their being individuals who had not done well with multiple previous treatments, about half showed meaningful improvement with Lamictal. Doses of about 400 mg/day continued for 6 to 8 weeks were typical.
>
> There is little in print about the use of Lamictal to treat patients with unipolar depression. A letter by T.M. Maltese on the topic can be found in the November 1999 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.
>
> Best regards . . .
>
> Ivan Goldberg
> psydoc@psycom.net
> %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
>
> > Of the patients you have treated with Lamictal, how many have had unipolar depression and what percent of these improved? I started Lamictal on Jan. 1, have been increasing the dose very slowly-upto 150 mg now (plus trazodone, celexa and clonazepam) no benefit yet-just wondering how many unipolars really do get any benefit from it. Thanks. Cecilia

400 mg a day?! I`m not sure I`ll make it that far. At 150 mg. I`m starting to have scary little memory blips where I forget what I was going to say for a second or two. Cecilia

 

Re: Question for Dr. Goldberg Cecilia

Posted by Psydoc on April 23, 2002, at 4:42:03

In reply to Re: Question for Dr. Goldberg, posted by Cecilia on April 23, 2002, at 1:35:07

Hi . . .

No matter what dose is the maximum, if the medication is being tolerated, it is important to remain on it for 6-8 weeks as the antidepressant effects of Lamictal often take that long to develop.

Best regards . . .

Ivan Goldberg
psydoc@psycom.net
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> > I have treated about a dozen people with "treatment-resistant" unipolar major depression with Lamictal. Despite their being individuals who had not done well with multiple previous treatments, about half showed meaningful improvement with Lamictal. Doses of about 400 mg/day continued for 6 to 8 weeks were typical.
> >
> > There is little in print about the use of Lamictal to treat patients with unipolar depression. A letter by T.M. Maltese on the topic can be found in the November 1999 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.
> >
> > Best regards . . .
> >
> > Ivan Goldberg
> > psydoc@psycom.net
> > %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
> 400 mg a day?! I`m not sure I`ll make it that far. At 150 mg. I`m starting to have scary little memory blips where I forget what I was going to say for a second or two. Cecilia


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