Can lamictal cause issues with my period?
I recently was put on Lamictal for depression. Since I started my period has been irregular, well not even a normal period. I have just been spotting very lightly and having mild cramps every so often. My periods are usually pretty rough, so I am wondering if the medication is the root of my problem.
Asked by Tamesha Plett 6 months ago.
I take 200mg of Lamictal and I tolerate the side effects very well. When I first started I had muscle aches and felt itchy but the symptoms gradually went away. I actually took only 25MG for about a month before I increased the dose to 50mg and I think this helped my body get acclimated to the meds b4 going to a higher dose. BTW 25mg is a really low dose for this med and if you are having severe problems with this low dose it may not be right for you. Answered by Erick Knapchuck 6 months ago.
Lamictal side effects???
I went to see my doctor today about my depression/anxiety medication (Cymbalta) because it wasn't working so well for my anxiety...Well he decided to put me on Lamictal with it to help me sleep and calm me down. I took it tonight, and all I got was a headache from hell, I'm stiff and can't move very...
Asked by Terrell Reopell 6 months ago.
I went to see my doctor today about my depression/anxiety medication (Cymbalta) because it wasn't working so well for my anxiety...Well he decided to put me on Lamictal with it to help me sleep and calm me down. I took it tonight, and all I got was a headache from hell, I'm stiff and can't move very well...and insomnia!!!!! Does this go away after I take it for a while, or is it a lost cause? Answered by Mamie Ector 6 months ago.
Lamictal Insomnia Answered by Darwin Schwuchow 6 months ago.
Uhh, that first person was wrong, it has been approved for Anxiety a long time ago. If you can put up with the side effects your having see if you can try it for another week, if you still have them stop taking it and see your doctor. Like most side effects the do go away once you system is used to it. No treating doctor will ever give you something there not supposed to, and they will ALWAYS weigh up the pros and cons and if the pros outweigh the cons they will try you on the meds! Anxiety and depression can sometimes take a cocktail of drugs before you will find the right one.. ive had to try heaps and ive finally found the right one and been properly diagnosed. Good luck and feel bettr soon! Answered by Karmen Kudro 6 months ago.
Get off this medication right away! I have no idea why your doctor put you on this medication, it is a seizure medication for people with epilepsy. I have taken it for that reason and that is the only reason it's supposed to be used for and has not been approved for depression or anxiety. I think you should go and see a different doctor if your doctor made this mistake. You should also contact a lawyer about this mistake your doctor made for you could have lasting side affects due to taking a medication you shouldn't have been taking. Another thing, you are supposed to be eased onto Lamictal and if he just started you off on a high dose this can also do damage to your body. STOP TAKING IT IMMIDIATELY! I have no idea what your doctor was thinking. I hope this helps. Good luck. If you need help with your depression and anxiety try a support group who can help answer questions like these and more. I left you a link to one here on Yahoo. Uh, not wrong by the way left you a link to a website that says what Lamictal is to be used for this time. The only other use for this medication is Bi-Polar disorder. Check out the second link for proof. Answered by Micheal Milota 6 months ago.
3 Steps to Cure Insomnia Forever! Answered by Melodi Iller 6 months ago.
Any experience with Lamictal?
My doctor has prescribed me Lamictal to help stabilize my moods (bipolar disorder). I am incredibly nervous about taking it because of the entire rash ordeal. It sounded like a good idea at first, but then, of course, I kept reading into the rash and whatnot and I suppose I have succeeded at freaking myself out...
Asked by Robbin Bhullar 6 months ago.
My doctor has prescribed me Lamictal to help stabilize my moods (bipolar disorder). I am incredibly nervous about taking it because of the entire rash ordeal. It sounded like a good idea at first, but then, of course, I kept reading into the rash and whatnot and I suppose I have succeeded at freaking myself out about it. Anyways...anyone on here have any experience with it? Good? Bad? Do you know anyone who has taken it? What was their experience? I'm considering going back to him and telling him I just don't feel comfortable with it, and trying a medication I took before that helped-I stopped taking meds/going to the psych two years ago, and now need them again-going to a new doctor though because my old one is no longer in private practice =[ Thanks in advance for any help. Answered by Corinne Hanline 6 months ago.
Like most other medications, lamictal can be very good for some and not so good for others. The simple fact is that some people who take this medication will develop a rash. No matter what anyone else tells you on this forum, this is just a fact. If you take it, you may get a rash. There are several things you can do to minimize the chance of getting a rash: First of all, take lamictal exactly as prescribed. Lamictal is titrated slowly from a small dose (usually 25mg/day) to a therapeutic dose (about 200mg/day) (unless you're also on depakote (valproic acid) or tegretol or something like that then that changes things). The slow titration to a therapeutic dosage lessens the chance of developing a rash. It is also very important to take lamictal everyday. If you miss Lamictal for a few days, you have to start the titration all over again or else the risk of developing a rash increases. So be sure to take your meds as prescribed. Finally, it's important to know that the vast majority of rashes that occur with lamictal are completely benign. The problem is, it is sometimes difficult to tell which rashes are benign and which ones are not. Sometimes, people on lamictal develop a rash associated with a very serious medical condition called Stevens-Johnsons Syndrome (SJS). This can be life threatening. For this reason, it is very important that if you develop a rash while taking Lamictal that you tell your doctor immediately so he or she can make appropriate interventions in your treatment. I have seen people do very well on lamictal and I have also seen people develop rashes. I have never seen anyone develop SJS on lamictal but it can happen. My suggestion would be to take the meds but do the things I've stated above. This will give you a chance to reap the benefits of a medication that is very helpful to many people while minimizing the risks. But of course this is a decision only you can make for yourself. Best of luck! Hang in there! Answered by Chance Manon 6 months ago.
I have taken it to help control my epilepsy for the last several years. When I first started it, I felt a little more drowsy, but that stopped after my body adjusted to the Lamicatal. I have not had any rashes or major side affects since I started taking it, and it definitely helps control my seizures. So, all things considered, I would say taking Lamictal has been a positive experience. The only real complaint I have is it somewhat expensive with my current health insurance. However, I saved cost by trying the generic version of Lamictal and I did not notice any change in performance and I did not have any side effects. Answered by Elke Stefan 6 months ago.
I take Lamictal without any problems. Starting at a very low dose and slowly working up to around 200mg seems to be the best way to minimize side effects and to steer clear of the rash. The deal with the rash is you need to look at your body daily in the mirror to just check all looks normal. If you do this, you'll know a) you don't have it and b) that you'll catch it early enough to be completely cured of it. Lamictal at 300 mg had some minor balance effects and a little bit of slowed cognition. At 200mg I don't have any of those problems. Good luck. Answered by Elda Robey 6 months ago.
I know the rash can be a scary thing but I worked at a boarding school for troubled teenagers for 4 years and I never once had a kid to breakout in the rash and we had alot of kids on Lamictal there. The truth is you can read the side effects to every medication and it will freak you out but if you are still worried then talk to your doctor about Abilify. Answered by Genesis Harland 6 months ago.
I've been on it for a few months and never got the rash. You'll start out with a small dose and then work up to a dose that works for you, so you'll be at a minimum risk for the rash. There's only a small percentage of people who get it. Good luck! :) Answered by Larita Mcmichael 6 months ago.
Information on lamictal abuse?
I'm doing a paper on prescribed medication and I chose Lamictal from a list my teacher has assigned. I can't seem to find anything on the abuse of this drug, if any abuse has been done. Any information would be helpful, thanks.
Asked by Claris Walsingham 6 months ago.
Lamictal has little to no potential for recreational abuse the way Xanax or Adderall does because it is not a fast-acting drug. Drugs that have to build up in your system over time like antidepressants and many mood stabilizers have little value on the street because you can't "get high" off of them. Also, Lamictal has the risk for a deadly skin rash known as Stevens Johnson Syndrome if taken in large doses without titrating over time, which makes it not a prime choice for abuse. Of course there are always issues with people who are prescribed this drug for bipolar disorder and abuse it by taking it other than how the doctor prescribed it. They might take too much thinking that if 150 mg works a little, then 500 mg will probably work a LOT and make them feel much better... which can be dangerous and even deadly reasoning. They may also abuse the drug by trying to overdose on it, taking a whole bottle at a time with the intent of killing themselves. I looked on Google Scholar but could find no sources regarding Lamictal (lamotrigine) and its risk for abuse. The only articles I saw were in support of its use in patients with bipolar and borderline personality disorder, who are at a greater risk for substance abuse as a whole, because the mood stabilizing properties of the Lamictal curbed their substance abuse tendencies. Answered by Anisa Robishaw 6 months ago.
Lamotrigine Abuse Answered by Deandra Ijames 6 months ago.
RE: Information on lamictal abuse? I'm doing a paper on prescribed medication and I chose Lamictal from a list my teacher has assigned. I can't seem to find anything on the abuse of this drug, if any abuse has been done. Any information would be helpful, thanks. Answered by Glascock 6 months ago.
Its a good idea to talk to your doctor about not wanting to take Lexapro if you haven't already. Some drugs you have to be weaned from. Also, there is an anti-anxiety med called Buspar. It is supposed to be mild. You could talk to your doctor about alternative therapies you want to try since he/she knows your history. But if they aren't into the alternative herbal treatments then perhaps you could find a doctor who is. I think Valerian Root is less of an anxiety drug and is more of a sedative to help sleep. Whatever you decide to do.. I wish you the best. Valerian is stinky. I made my dad valerian tea once. He made me store the rest in a sealed container. :) Answered by Kandi Lifer 6 months ago.
i think this site will help.. Answered by Susanne Palischak 6 months ago.
Which is the more effective mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder, lamictal or abilify?
I'm looking for experienced feedback please. I'm capable of reading the mfgr and pdr recommendations for both medications and, due to my academic background, am fully aware of how the two medications are different from a very detailed neurological basis.
Asked by Hee Mostert 6 months ago.
I've been switched to abilify because depakote was elevating my ALT serum levels and causing weight gain. However, abilify appears to have some nasty side effects such as ongoing nagging head ache and shortness of breath (I never feel like I can get a full breath). I've been on Lamical in the past but can't remember how effective ti was. I understand that this question is contextual to the person taking the medication but I'm looking for feedback from other people experienced with both. Answered by Todd Destro 6 months ago.
Well Abilify and Lamictal are completely different. The Abilify is an atypical antipsychotic Lamictal is an anticonvulsant. Lamictal has really become the standard of care for Bipolar II. Lamictal often helps people who have fewer and less severe manic episodes but are more depressed. Abilify does have antidepressants properties but it is sedating, often causes weight gain, and increases risk of diabetes. Abilify acts on a huge number of neurotransmitters (drugs acting on many neurotransmitters are called "dirty drugs"). Often people with Bipolar II (not sure what you have) can be fine taking an anticonvulsant class mood stabilizer. Some will take an antidepressant but always with a mood stabilizer- never alone. And drugs like Abilify are often used at lower doses or a drug like Klonopin/Rivotril (clonazepam) is used for any anxiety, agitation, and insomnia. Bipolar I has Depakote and Lithium and the first line drugs. Depakote is better for people with less depression and more mania. The same applies to Lithium but often Lithium can help depression and is prescribed with antidepressants for people who have a major depressive disorder- not Bipolar. Lamictal is also occasionally used for people who only have depression. I would try using anticonvulsants first. Lamictal is very good- minor sedation can happen and there is a rare side effect called Stevens-Johnson Syndrome which is a potentially life threatening rash but it is rare and as you have taken Lamictal before the risk is lower. I have taken both drugs for depression- and as I said they are both used for depression. Abilify did not help, I slept all of the time, gained a large amount of weight and felt terrible. Lamictal was a godsend. I did not respond to any type of antidepressant but a doctor just took a shot in the dark and gave me lamictal and much of my depression was gone. I think (especially if you are 24 or younger) Abilify has much more risk because it is not as studied and used as much as lamictal has. And due to its major effects in the brain I would avoid it if you can. I think it can be a good drug but there are a lot more "unknowns" about it. And there are always other anticonvulsant mood stabilizers like Tegretol (Carbamazepine), Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine), and Topamax (Topiramate). Tegretol in particular has a lot of science showing how well it works. Update: I am sorry it if sounded condescending. I explain what drugs are and do all of the time. And most people know little to nothing about medications- and I did not have any idea you have academic experience. I have met about 12 people who thought Ibuprofen and codeine were the same thing. So typically drug talk needs to be explained for the average person. For Bipolar I personally think that it may be good to use drugs to counteract side effects. Topamax is commonly used to counter act weight gain. Although I am not bipolar I have taken almost every medication in that spectrum- Depakote, Lithium, you name it. But as I have said if you are bipolar II that changes treatment and if the depression in worse or mania is worse or if you rapid cycle it all makes a difference. Lamictal has little risk so why not try it. It oddly helped me with no problems and that is a common reaction. I am sure you know the trial and error period can take time. And Lamictal works well for more types of bipolar and works for more symptoms. Mood stabilizers that are in the anticonvulsant range are almost always a better option. I had major side effects with Abilify but had very few with Topamax, Lamictal, or Trileptal. I too gained weight on depakote and I did not respond to the drug- all I did was sleep. From my personal and professional experience anticonvulsants (and Lithium) are the best drugs. But I would do the Abilify first if mania is the bigger problem- especially break through mania. And people take both drugs all of the time. And if I were you I would really consider Tegretol if you have not taken it. It has fewer side effects (but there are some rare major problems) than Depakote and it has been shown in small studies to work as well as either Lithium or Depakote. Honestly just play in safe. Try the Lamictal as a first step. That is typically how things are done. If it helps a little then perhaps some Abilify would be really great. Sorry again for all of the technical stuff. Half of the people on Yahoo answers are 15 or younger. Good luck Answered by Hilton Marlow 6 months ago.
Hi there, I'm currently taking both medications. The lamictal is a great mood stabilizer-for me with no side effects-the abilify is to control some break through mania that occasionally pops up. I do have some side effects from the abilify-headache and weight gain. Compared with the anger and anxiety I get from a manic attack I guess it's worth it. Answered by Beula Bozych 6 months ago.
I got the shortness of breath with abilify, and a couple or a few days later, started to get a rash, so my doctor and I decided I was allergic, so I stopped it. The lamictal did nothing for me. I took it about a year and a half. But then, no drugs do anything for me, so there you go. But I didn't get a ton of side effects, I think just a headache. I don't think the abilify gave me a headache - I think it's the lamictal, but maybe I don't remember, either. Answered by Luis Tewolde 6 months ago.
I think that Mathieu has the best answer, but I just wanted to throw in my personal experience. I have taken both, I did not like what the research was starting to show as far as long"er" term effects on the brain and kidneys with Abilify. Lamictal seemed to mess with my sleep schedule and eating habits (I went from 105 to 122 lbs in 2 1/2 weeks!) so the negative outweighed the positive for me. I am currently on lithium and have been for about 2 years now. I like that there is research that spans the lifetime of the patients so I know as long as I drink enough water this wont be killing me in 20 years. I also like that the half life is longer than the other two, so that if I miss a dose Im not thrown on an emotional rollercoaster. The research Ive done (though not nearly as detailed as yours) seems to show me that it is the safer & more effective drug to take. IDK if that helps any, but thought I would throw my two cents in...Thanks :) Answered by Lucila Verkamp 6 months ago.
Lamictal Bipolar Answered by Dan Chass 6 months ago.
i've never taken abilify (have taken risperidone, haldol and zyprexa short term) and have been on lamictal long term. given the nasty side effects of abilify and the other atypical antipsychotics that you're aware of, i would suggest seeing if lamictal is more helpful to you. in the end, lamictal just didn't control my mood swings very well (especially the lows) but everyone reacts differently to medication. i had no side effects from lamictal and just had to watch out for the rash (since you've taken it before, you probably remember the slow titration periods). Answered by Deloise Chase 6 months ago.
Abilify, Lamictal, Klonopin worked best for me. I've been using that combo for the past 7 years. Never had a bad manic episode and my depression is good. Never had to be hospitalized for mental health issues. Since I've been taking my meds life couldn't be better for me. Before life was such a struggle and then I had a major manic episode that lasted about 6 months until I got help and began receiving medication. Good luck to you all! Answered by Yuri Nation 6 months ago.
I have been suffering from post partum depression for the past one year when I gave birth to a baby boy. I couldn't stop thinking about how my husband loves him more than me and how things might be better if he wasn't born at all. Thus, I stayed away from him because I knew that I might do something I will regret for the rest of my life. Almost instantly I went to a therapist and convince them that I need help. Among other things, I've tried herbal supplements and other book to treat depression but nothing works like the Depression Free Method. So now I'm proud to say I'm one of the happiest mother in the world. My husband loves us both very much and I thank the Lord for the blessing he gave us. Depression Free Method? Answered by Carmelia Liegler 6 months ago.
Obviously you are a very intelligent person and have done your research. It may help you to know that there are anti-depressants that don't cause weight gain. Those that do cause an increase in appetite work well, but in the past we didn't have a choice But there are now anti-depressants that don't increase your appetite. As you know no one can recommend the right one for you but, I take Wellbutrin XL after gaining 60 pounds on another anti-depressant. You may want to discuss with your psychiatrist the different anti-depressants that don't increase your appetite. I wish you well. As you know we have to be persistent and sometimes research medications that we may want to try. The problem with antidepressants is that one will work for others, but may not work for you. It would be wrong to give you advise as to which one works better as each individual responds differently to the medications. If after 4 weeks you don't notice a difference it is time to try another. Lithium is one of the first mood stabilizers and has risks as there is a fine line between your safe dosage and an overdose. It also causes long term affects even after stopping the Lithium. You are better off with one of the anti-convulsant mood stabilizers which stop the manic phase such as Seroquel and Depakote. Many who suffer with Bi-Polar also have a co-existing biological anxiety disorder. With this you would want a ant-anxiety medication. Anti-anxiety medications begin working immediately which is a great help. There are a few anti-depressants which also contain an anti-anxiety agent but if the anxiety is severe they really don't help. Good Luck to you! Answered by Sandra Pierannunzio 6 months ago.
Has anyone ever been addicted to Lamictal?
i was taking it higher than proscribed. i was taking about 800mg when i nshould have been taking 150.
Asked by Providencia Stano 6 months ago.
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) is an anticonvulsant medication used in the treatment of epilepsy. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder in which excessive surges of electrical energy are emitted in the brain, causing seizures. Lamotrigine is usually reserved for difficult-to-control seizures that have not responded to other anticonvulsant medications. In psychiatry, lamotrigine is also indicated in the treatment of bipolar disorder (manic-depression). Lamotrigine (Lamictal) is taken orally, in either tablet or chewable form. Chewable tablets may be dispersed into a liquid solution, according to the prescribing physician's instructions. Lamotrigine is prescribed by physicians in varying daily dosages, usually ranging 200–900 mg per day divided into two doses. A double dose of lamotrigine should not be taken. If a dose is missed, it should be taken as soon as possible. However, if it is within four hours of the next dose, then the missed dose should be skipped. When ending a course of treatment that includes lamotrigine, physicians typically direct patients to gradually taper down their daily dosages over a period of several weeks. Stopping the medicine suddenly may severely alter mood or cause seizures to occur, even in patients taking lamotrigine for the treatment of bipolar disorders. To the best of knowledge Lamotrigine (Lamictal) is not addictive,you should not take more than the prescribed dose suggested by your doctor. Take care as always!! Answered by Mia Adens 6 months ago.
Is Lamictal Addictive Answered by Gilbert Bottomly 6 months ago.
Lamictal, like many other anticonvulsants, may be overdosed, but I never head of abuse cases. You may check more on my site about Lamictal. Answered by Magali Pitpitan 6 months ago.
I'm currently on Lamictal, though I can't say that I'm addicted. If you feel that you cannot control these addictive urges, then talk to your psychiatrist about it. Maybe you should switch meds. Answered by Vanita Fraker 6 months ago.
People suffering from the troubling experience of Lamictal withdrawal symptoms may face one of the most challenging processes of any antipsychotic ... Answered by Andrew Laport 6 months ago.
I took it for at least two years at the highest recommended dose, I never was addicted. Did you take it more than was instructed? Or perhaps your dose was too high. Answered by Lavona Rappaport 6 months ago.
i had been taking 100mg for a month then stopped for a day and smoked some weed and had a panic attack. never did i stop again Answered by Iluminada Rabago 6 months ago.
So HOW AFFECTIVE REALLY is Lamictal?
I just went up to 50mg today, and I am just curious if anyone who is at a higher dose, is impressed with their results?
Asked by Martha Philo 6 months ago.
Lamictal's an anti-epilepsy drug also used as a mood-stabilizer for people with bipolar disorder. I don't know how effective it is for seizures, but I took 400 mg. for bipolar disorder and wasn't helped at all. BUT, you have to remember psychoactive drugs like mood stabilizers, antidepressants etc. may work great for one person and not at all for another. I would definitely recommend trying it if you're doctor wants you too. Other than the rash side-effect (I'm sure your doctor will warn you about this - some people get a rash that could, if you kept taking the Lamictal, be fatal. But, don't let this stop you from trying it. First, it's rare. Second, as long as you tell your doctor right away if you develop the rash, you'll be fine (I know people who had the rash and it was no big deal because their doctors just tapered them off the drug)). I've had friends who have been helped greatly by Lamictal. So, if you're doctor is recommending it I think you should give it a try (or get a second opinion from another doctor if that would make you more comfortable.) Answered by Ronni Partmann 6 months ago.
I've used it on the past and my dose was 200mg. And yes it was effective with me, but everyone is different. It helped with my bipolar disorder for a long time. My boughts of depression did not last as long as they normally do with out any medication. Answered by Ricky Bartlome 6 months ago.
my brother uses it for epilepsy at I think 150mg about the size of a dime. seizure free for two years&&he never seems to be in a bad mood so maybe thats the antidepression side? Answered by Zonia Rameres 6 months ago.
about 60% effective rate Answered by Reatha Biscocho 6 months ago.
My daughter has been put on lamictal for anger management she is 14 has anyone had any experiences with children and this medication? From everything i have read it shouldn't be prescribed to children does anyone know if this is correct?
Asked by Merissa Wohlwend 6 months ago.
Lamictal is used as a "mood stabilizer". It has been very successfully used for children and adults with bipolar disorder for several years now. If your daughter only has "anger management" issues, it is somewhat unusual for this medication alone to be prescribed for that purpose, in my experience. Was it prescribed by a psych MD, a pediatrician or family practice MD? In my experience, most psych MDs prefer to treat "anger" (poor impulse control, tantrums, aggressive acting-out) with more conventional medications such as Tenex or Catapres(antihypertensives that are also used for impulse control/out-of-control rage types of behaviors). The child's dose of Lamictal must be carefully monitored, and slowly increased over a period of time. It can cause a life-threatening rash so you have to watch very carefully for any skin problems (the package insert with the medication has all the appropriate warnings for the rash). My 10-yr-old son has successfully taken Lamictal for over 2 years now for his bipolar disorder, along with a couple of other medications. It has helped him a great deal, and he is much better able to control the angry outbursts that he has and to recover from them much more quickly. Answered by Jamie Nishikawa 6 months ago.
Was this a general doctor--or psychiatrist? A psychiatrist is a medical doctor--but specializes in brain chemistry , function and mental illness. The other 2 antidepressants you had been on affect the serotonin level in your system. I don't know how long you took each one---but any antidepressant t akes 6 weeks or more to reach a therapeutic level and make a difference in how you feel. Some people find it makes them feel worse--which would imply that you do not need a medication to boost serotonin levels. You may need something for Generalized Anxiety Disorder instead. Are you having depression which interferes with your ability to function? here's a little info about lamictal; Lamictal is for seizures and/or Bipolar disorder. It has some possible side effects: hives; fever; swollen glands; painful sores in or around your eyes or mouth; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. This medication may cause severe or life-threatening skin rash, especially in children and in people who are allergic to other seizure medications. What is lamictal? Lamotrigine (lamictal) is an anti-epileptic medication, also called an anticonvulsant. It is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat seizures in adults and children who are at least 2 years old. Lamotrigine is also used to delay mood episodes in adults with bipolar disorder. Good luck. Answered by Camille Peltz 6 months ago.
Anger Issues are often a sign of BPD, which can't be diagnosed until later in early adulthood; Lamictal is often used to treat it, as well as Bipolar. It's more likely that it would be something like that, since it stabilizes mood... though I can't diagnose your daughter... keep your ears open. It has a less likely chance to make depression into her, than something like SSRI's... like Prozac or Paxil etc. In my opinion, it's a lot safer and way less side affects (if any, it's been said) than other meds. It's a slow running drug though, so she won't feel full effects till she is up to 100mg-200mg. It does seem to work though, for a lot of people. I wouldn't worry too much about her becoming suicidal from the drug itself. Watch out for the rash though! Answered by Willene Dohrmann 6 months ago.
She should be in behavioral therapy for anger management. Her brain in still changing. She's going through puberty. She shouldn't be on drugs to alter the chemical balance in her brain while her brain hasn't even finished doing what it needs to do yet. I can't fathom how children can be put on such hardcore medications. Some situations are necessary, I'm sure, but anger issues alone is usually a behavioral problem. Answered by Yong Murfin 6 months ago.
Because there have been some suicides in teens while taking anti-depressants, they are forced by law to say it is possible for anti-depressants to make teenagers depressed, even suicidal. But there shouldn't be any problems. Those cases were just times when the pills didn't work for that teen. Answered by Maricruz Henson 6 months ago.
Any drug can cause "depression". The questions I have are WHY would anyone use a drug for anger? Why is the parent allowing it? Why is anger a problem? WHY is this the place to ask this question? Answered by Rosette Crocco 6 months ago.
Your experience with Lamotrigine or Lamictal for treatment of depression?
I am multitalented, motivated, creative, thoughtful, and contemplative; I just cannot make anything happen. Being a college student and trying to balance and manage my time well, has made me feel even more irritated.I am beautiful, intelligent, and funny in group settings but at the same time when I am alone I...
Asked by Lillie Luminati 6 months ago.
I am multitalented, motivated, creative, thoughtful, and contemplative; I just cannot make anything happen. Being a college student and trying to balance and manage my time well, has made me feel even more irritated. I am beautiful, intelligent, and funny in group settings but at the same time when I am alone I become this different person... depressed, miserable, and always worrying about the simplest things! I just feel so overwhelmed all the time. I feel as though lately, my emotions have been ruling my life. I am extremely afraid of letting anyone in my life (i.e. new guy (bf)) which makes me feel even more miserable *sigh* My psychiatrist just gave me a new prescription for lamotrigine to treat major depression and anxiety. He is starting me on only 25mg and eventually increasing the dose. But the thing is, after doing some research and after he told me that this medication is mainly used for treating epilepsy, I am now very afraid to start it. I do not have seizures and I do not suffer from epilepsy. Another factor that makes me so afraid to start this medication is the fact that I had terrible side effects from a prior SSRI. The doctor reassured me that this drug has been proven to help with mood disorders and mainly depression. But what I don’t understand is that, aren’t there other real anti-depressants that I can take? Shouldn’t a drug used to treat epilepsy be the last resource for me? I’m just deathly afraid of the side effects this lamotrigine pill may cause since I don’t suffer from epilepsy. I’m just a miserable person when I’m alone. I have so much in my mind and I’m just looking for some kind of helpful, written support from someone on here. Every answer will be greatly appreciated. Answered by Chi Wittenmyer 6 months ago.
Lamictal is almost always used to treat the severe mood swings of bipolar disorder, not depression. And it sounds like you're mostly depressed. I've taken Lamictal for a long time for bipolar. It has some of the fewest side effects of any drug used to treat it. I take 300 mg every single day, and yes, it does help my condition. If I didn't take it, I'd be all over the place. I don't have epilepsy either. Lamictal is an anti-convulsive, not an SSRI, but there are many good antidepressant medications that you can try. Sometimes it takes a while to find the correct one, in the correct dosage. I don't know why your psychiatrist didn't try one of those first. You have to start at 25mg and slowly build the dose up because of a potentially fatal rash that CAN occur, but usually doesn't, if you start the dosage out too high. Judging from the number of people whose doctor's have started them at 100mg, or higher, I'd have to say that some of their doctors don't know much about this drug. I doubt if you will even notice any difference at all until you reach the 100mg daily dose. If I were you, I'd simply tell my psychiatrist that I would feel more comfortable trying a regular antidepressant first. While it's true we pay doctors for their knowledge, and experience, I don't subscribe to the notion that we have to do everything they say, just because they say it. If I tell my psychiatrist I am having trouble with a med, or have side effects I don't like, she always takes my input into account, and gives me medication options if I want them, and they are available. Personally, I don't think Lamictal is the drug of choice for depression, but that's just how I feel about it. I don't think you should be afraid to take it. Try it and see if it helps. If it doesn't, then it's time to try something else. Answered by Maryanna Rising 6 months ago.
Lamictal Used For Depression Answered by Dion Hirpara 6 months ago.
I take lamictal for a mood disorder too. I have been diagnosed as bipolar, which you may or may not have. I have had good results, no side effects and i feel "normal" for the first time in a long time. my moods are much more stable, and i am not impulsive like i used to be. so far, i have seen no side effects, and i have been taking it for over a year. Rash and hair loss are common side effects of Depakote,(which i was on and it made my hair fall out, and my hands shake constantly) are you sure it is coming from the lamictal? Lamictal is an anti seizure medication that is also used very effectively as a mood stabilizer. it is completely different from antidepressants. best of luck to you Answered by Lamont Shenberger 6 months ago.
I took lamictal for a long time along with several other medications for depression and mood swings. The lamictal had no side effects at all for me (unlike some of the other meds i took) but i also didn't notice any great improvement. The dr. had told me i wouldn't notice any difference because it would be subtle...so i dont know if it did any good or not. Answered by Candance Ventrella 6 months ago.
I have been suffering from post partum depression for the past one year when I gave birth to a baby boy. I couldn't stop thinking about how my husband loves him more than me and how things might be better if he wasn't born at all. Thus, I stayed away from him because I knew that I might do something I will regret for the rest of my life. Almost instantly I went to a therapist and convince them that I need help. Among other things, I've tried herbal supplements and other book to treat depression but nothing works like the Depression Free Method. So now I'm proud to say I'm one of the happiest mother in the world. My husband loves us both very much and I thank the Lord for the blessing he gave us. Depression Free Method? Answered by Darla Tsakonas 6 months ago.
Lamictal turns out to be far less effective than your doctor thinks-google lamictal selective publication. The drug company ran many studies, then cherry picked the few that showed a benefit, and buried the rest. This also happened with antidepressants-they help depression no more than placebo (sugar pill). Google Kirsch antidepressants and Ioannidis antidepressants for more on that. I have been majorly PO'd to discover this long term fraud by drug companies. The drug companies have done the same thing with other kinds of drugs too, like statins show no benefit for women and heart disease and women get more serious side effects than men, but the Lipitor ads certainly market to women. another interesting article is "How to set the bullsh** filter when the bullsh** is thick" which is about how the heck do you figure out what kind of medical treatment to get for ANY condition when the drug companies routinely lie to doctors and the public? My sister's GP is so disgusted, he says that drug companies just make up studies, and many docs won't even allow drug reps in their offices anymore (but then they have no free samples to give to poor patients) anyhow, I really, really think you are better off getting counseling. I tried to get medication to help me with bipolar because supposedly for bipolar you have to be on meds for life blah blah. All the drugs did was make me worse, and antidepressants appear to have caused the bipolar get so much worse that I became totally disabled. Could be a cooincidence, but the exact same thing happened to my brother at the same time. I get thumbs down a LOT but check out this stuff for yourself. These are mainstream researchers who are publicizing this stuff, and very math-oriented. When I was getting my math degree, it was medical studies that we routinely ridiculed in statistics class. later, in grad school (for geology) someone in the math department told me that the medical school research was so poorly done that it was an embarrassment to the math dept, so they offered FREE help in study design and analysis to the medical school. NOBODY ever took them up on it. this was in 1993, before prozac made me get severe mania and disabled me. In hindsight, it's clear that all the medical school cared about was getting their drugs and medical devices approved by the FDA. doing their research in a fair manner was never part of the equation for them. I really think therapy can help and I have a whole slew of practical depression tips. I am still disabled by depression, but have been doing better OFF meds for the past year. The meds caused a lot of behavior problems that were blamed on me. My husband is so happy I'm off meds. I got no side effects from lamictal other than a headache and it made me somewhat cognitively impaired, which most drugs did that. it didn't help me one bit, and i took it for over a year, and later in combo with lithium, and at a variety of doses. I blew a lot of money on that useless medication and was angry to discover the lamictal hype was all written by psychiatrists who were paid off by the drug company, just like today it is the antipsychotics drug companies doing this. It's ok to email me if you want more info. all the best Answered by Alyse Torngren 6 months ago.
Lamictal for Anxiety?
Is this medication effective for Anxiety and Depression? My doctor prescribed me this a few days ago. Almost everywhere I've read that it's used for Bipolar disorder but not Anxiety or Depression alone. Anyone have any success on this med for those things?
Asked by Christiana Courington 6 months ago.
Technically Lamictal is an anti seizure medication.... ages ago they discovered that the medications used for epilepsy also regulate mood. So they tried them on folks with mood disorders (Bipolar, depression, etc) and found out which ones worked the best. Depakote was first choice (for people who didn't respond to Lithium) followed by carbmazepine, trileptal, tegretol, etc..... the along comes Lamictal. Lamictal (used initially for epilepsy) proved to be an excellent mood stabilizer, which work especially well for depression. They started prescribing it along with Lithium (since Lithium works mostly to control mania) then using it for those with unipolar depression since it worked will but didn't have the same sort of side effects that anti depressants have. I'm Bipolar.... it didn't work for me. Or rather, it did work well but it had memory related side effects that became impossible to live with..... when I couldn't remember how to tie my shoes I simply bought slip ons.... but when I could no longer remember how to get home from work it became an issue. It does work for depression. As for why your doctor prescribed it over a standard AD..... you'd have to ask him. Answered by Waneta Gregan 6 months ago.
Was this a general doctor--or psychiatrist? A psychiatrist is a medical doctor--but specializes in brain chemistry , function and mental illness. The other 2 antidepressants you had been on affect the serotonin level in your system. I don't know how long you took each one---but any antidepressant t akes 6 weeks or more to reach a therapeutic level and make a difference in how you feel. Some people find it makes them feel worse--which would imply that you do not need a medication to boost serotonin levels. You may need something for Generalized Anxiety Disorder instead. Are you having depression which interferes with your ability to function? here's a little info about lamictal; Lamictal is for seizures and/or Bipolar disorder. It has some possible side effects: hives; fever; swollen glands; painful sores in or around your eyes or mouth; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. This medication may cause severe or life-threatening skin rash, especially in children and in people who are allergic to other seizure medications. What is lamictal? Lamotrigine (lamictal) is an anti-epileptic medication, also called an anticonvulsant. It is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat seizures in adults and children who are at least 2 years old. Lamotrigine is also used to delay mood episodes in adults with bipolar disorder. Good luck. Answered by Angelique Antista 6 months ago.