Lamotrigine - experiences..?
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Asked by Elise Sandigo 6 months ago.
I take 150 mg Lamotrigine and 300 mg Wellbutrin and I am not bipolar. I started taking Lamotrigine at the beginning of August 2008 Bipolar disorder is characterized by periods of *deep*, prolonged, and profound depression that alternate with periods of an *excessively* elevated and/or irritable mood known as mania. One does not necessarily have to experience extremes to benefit from the the mood stabilizing properties antiepileptic (anti-seizure) meds offer. Anywho, my experience has been very positive and here are my observations: 1) Lamotrigine has the slowest titration period of any med on the planet. A fatal and *very rare* condition called Stevens-Johnson syndrome is associated with Lamicatal and a slow dosage period until therapeautic range is required. Most doctors will start a patient out at 25 mg for a week or two, 50 mg for another period, then some will double that or just boost to 75 mg. 2) I take two meds and cannot say any one particular side effect is related to Lamictal. 3) The first few days I felt a little dizziness and blurred vision but these went away after. 3) I never knew how much my mind truly raced all of the time until it stopped. 4) I am able to listen and interact with others more easily without thinking of other things, anticipating what they are going to say, or worse: what I want to say next. 5) Lamicatal is 'activating' and I tend to not think about food. Nor has the med compromised my workouts. Also, for some reason I naturally crave icy cold water :) 6) These things sort of eventually happened. I can't say I ever felt any different but looking back, I sure do now. 7) I am a little less organized now, I have not experienced a loss of creativity and I don't shop or collect things when I am bored or feeling things I can't handle (I never thought I did these things but now I see I did have some bad 'habits'.). 8) Expect a lot of misconceptions. People who are not bipolar simply don't understand that it is *not* simply depression because (our) physiology is different. TV and the media do not help. I can't say I am 'happy' but I feel normal for the first time in a long time. I encourage you to give Lamotrigine a chance and hope it helps you because anything, switching meds to find the right one is a merry-go-round none of us want to be on :) Answered by Carmelia Mallory 6 months ago.
I am bipolar, with major depression and social anxiety disorder. I take several drug but for bipolar, I take abilify and lamictal (lamotrigine). I take it at night because it does make me tired. I can tell if I miss a night without it cause I can't sleep. I take 300mg. try it before bed and see if that helps. Answered by Peggie Holshue 6 months ago.
I took Lamictal for years and never had any problems with it. My sister takes it also and hasn't had problem with it either. We are both bipolar. Keep in mind though that everyone's body metabolizes medication differently. Just because we didn't have side effects that doesn't mean that you won't. If you have problems with being tired and can't tolerate it, talk to your doctor about changing to a different medication. Not all medications for bipolar are effective for everyone. You have to find what works best for you. Answered by Ammie Odmark 6 months ago.
I was on it for about 10 months. No side effects. It worked quite well for me. But meds work differently for different people. Hope it helps you! Answered by Dion Bezak 6 months ago.
I have been taking this for years. I take it in the morning because that is when I can remember to take my pills. It did not make me sleepy. Answered by Cassandra Belrose 6 months ago.
I am hearing about this new medicine. But try to remain normal without any medicine or drug support. Answered by Delbert Ortner 6 months ago.
What are the side effects of Lamictal (lamotrigine)?
today i was prescribed Lamictal for depression, anxiety, and mood disorder. i decided to research the medication and it says that its for seizures or epilepsy. it also said that one of the side effects is a rash which is very serious and must be treated immediately. does anyone take it or know anyone on it that can...
Asked by Bettye Crapo 6 months ago.
today i was prescribed Lamictal for depression, anxiety, and mood disorder. i decided to research the medication and it says that its for seizures or epilepsy. it also said that one of the side effects is a rash which is very serious and must be treated immediately. does anyone take it or know anyone on it that can give me some advice? does it work? is it worth taking? Answered by Lakendra Foddrell 6 months ago.
The most common side effects reported by the product manufacturer have included weight gain, amnesia, nervousness, and thought disturbances. Headache, dizziness, visual disturbances, GI disturbances, and rashes are less common. Leukopenia, disseminated intravascular coagulation, and renal failure have been reported rarely. Rash is the single most frequently reported serious adverse effect. Answered by Johnny Dealy 6 months ago.
How does taking Lamotrigine affect pregnancy?
I take Lamotrigine for my Epilepsy and when I'm older I'm hoping to have children, but I've been told that Lamotrigine can affect the baby. How? What does it do?
Asked by Brendan Brandorff 6 months ago.
Lamotrigine is currently rated Pregnancy Category Risk C. Using it during pregnancy is recommended only if the benefits outweigh potential risks so it is definately something you should take up with your doctor when the time comes. Apparently, In September 2006, they issued a warning that taking lamotrigine during the first trimester of pregnancy may increase the risk for 'Cleft lip' and palette malformation in newborns. Since then, review studies have found that overall rates of congenital malformations in babies exposed to lamotrigine in pregnancy are relatively low (1-4%),with a supposed 8.9 of 1000 women/babies being effected and these problems can effectively be corrected after birth anyway. There have been the odd reports regarding the newborn being slightly dependant on the drug but again this can be dealt with by your doctor. As for breastfeeding,if this is something you were considering,it is currently rated moderate-safe and again would need discussing with your doctor at the time. So I would say today's research is far more encouraging than it used to be,perhaps even better when it comes to you having children!!. I wish you the very best of luck & hope things work out for you! xx Answered by Ashleigh Garay 6 months ago.
im epileptic and have a 17month old baby im taking carbamazapene (tergretol) and topiramate and shes perfect we just had to be checked out more often and i had to take folic acid for 3months before i started trying make sure u go to see ur neurologist and discuss that u want a baby before u try and they will make sure everything is safe xx Answered by Shavon Bergeaux 6 months ago.
Epilepsy med lamotrigine advice?
what happens if you suddenly stom lamotrigine for epilepsy? Ive read about it for bi-polar but nothing for epilepsy. If anybody has any info it would be much appreciated :) Thanks!
Asked by Anitra Krikorian 6 months ago.
Hi, Lamotrigine has been used as an anti-convulsant for the last few years now, as well as being used for Bi-Polar. At the moment it's unclear exactly how it works and why it works well in stopping a variety of seizures, but trials do seem to show that it is working, particularly when used in conjunction with some of the older medications such as Sodium Valproate (Epilim) or Carbomazepine (Tegratol). If you stop taking it, your seizures are likely to return, possibly with increased frequency compared with before you started the Lamotrigine, and you may also experience withdrawal symptoms, such as increased heart rate and shaking. For further information, have a look at www.drugs.com/pro/lamotrigine.html there's lots of information there about the clinical trials and it's use in epilepsy. Hope this helps. Answered by Tobie Gradwell 6 months ago.
What are your experiences with Lamotrigine?
Just wondering if taking Lamotrigine worked for you, how you felt before & after taking it, and what you are diagnosed with.plz no answers saying drugs are just a scam for doctors to make money, blah blah. this is a serious, important question and i am just curious about how it has worked for other people since...
Asked by Theron Beninati 6 months ago.
Just wondering if taking Lamotrigine worked for you, how you felt before & after taking it, and what you are diagnosed with. plz no answers saying drugs are just a scam for doctors to make money, blah blah. this is a serious, important question and i am just curious about how it has worked for other people since i am going to begin taking it next week. THANKS! Answered by Franklyn Poort 6 months ago.
I first started taking Lamotrigine after trying many unsuccessful treatments of anti-depressants. I was classified as having treatment-resistant depression. I didn't think things would ever get better or that anything could work. My doctor decided to try Lamictal (lamotrigine). To my shock and surprise, things gradually didn't seem so bad anymore. I was in a good mood, the things that used to upset me didn't, and I finally felt like I was experiencing life. It was like someone lifted this black veil from my eyes that I didn't even realize was there. I was later diagnosed with Epilepsy after I started having seizures. My neurologist increased the Lamictal because it's an anti-epileptic and of course I was already on it for the mood disorder. However, once the dose got to therapeutic range for seizures, I was tired, lethargic, and couldn't function. My neurologist told me the other epilepsy medications were even worse in symptoms, and told me to stay on it. However, at such a high dose, lamotrigine was wrecking my life. So, I stopped going to the neurologist and reduced my dosage slowly. It was a dramtic improvement. I'm sure you can see why I'm a fan of this medication. The side effects are usually milder than most antidepressants and the only thing I experienced was a lot of dry mouth. I know for bipolar I, Lamitcal is often ineffective alone. However, I know many people who have had success with Bipolar II and this med... and of course, for treatment-resistant depression. Answered by Dorris Ybarbo 6 months ago.
In 2005 I asked my doctor to give me this to stop the agitated depression aka mixed episodes that I was on Haldol for but it doesn't work and I started taking more and more Lamotrigine without ever seeing any effect. I got all the way up to 400mg, which from what I understand is a good sized dose bigger than what most people get. I went in for electro shock therapy and they have to control what I got because Lamotrigine is a seizure medicine and the whole point of shock therapy is to trigger a seizure throughout your brain. My dose went down to 150mg and after the shock therapy they didn't want to raise it again because it didn't work the first time, but my doctor is petrified about stopping my medications because I have tried suicide so many times and been in the hospital so many times and if she makes a change that makes me unstable and I do something crazy she might be held liable and sued for malpractice. So, they kept lamotrigine, added lithium and after that didn't work added Topamax which doesn't work either. That is 3 mood stabilizers I am on now all at once and I can't feel any difference now from before I started taking these drugs. Answered by Crissy Lelacheur 6 months ago.
I am bipolar, with major depression and social anxiety disorder. I take several drug but for bipolar, I take abilify and lamictal (lamotrigine). I take it at night because it does make me tired. I can tell if I miss a night without it cause I can't sleep. I take 300mg. try it before bed and see if that helps. Answered by Carita Windrow 6 months ago.
Taking lamotrigine when not prescribed to you?
My friend gave me 30 of them, thinking they were like adderall. Are they? If not what are they for? And will it hurt me to take them? Can I get high off of them, or no?
Asked by Sina Woytowicz 6 months ago.
Lamotrigine may cause serious rashes that may need to be treated in a hospital or cause permanent disability or death.Your doctor will start you on low dose of lamotrigine and gradually increase your dose, not more than once every 1 to 2 weeks. You may be more likely to develop a serious rash if you take a higher starting dose or increase your dose faster than your doctor tells you that you should. Be sure to take lamotrigine exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. just go to your docter and you will be okay dear Answered by Magdalena Calicut 6 months ago.
Lamotrigine for bipolar disorder?
how does it make you feel? someone told me it's going to make me feel really "High" then other's say "down"
Asked by Deloras Beaumont 6 months ago.
I take that. It makes me feel sort of mellow. I started it during a depression and it helps lots! I haven't had any side effects, but that doesn't mean you won't. It really shouldn't make you feel "down" because it is often used to treat people with depression (not just bipolar disorder) and as for feeling "high" there is not much of a risk for mania. It's nothing like say an SSRI or other antidepressant. It's actually an anti-epileptic/mood stabilizer. Perhaps these people were wrong? Anyways, check it out on a website like drugs.com or a similar reliable source, think about it and if you decide that it's a drug you are willing to try, either talk to your doctor or if you already have, fill that prescription. Answered by Lahoma Bocchini 6 months ago.
All it does is make you less high and less depressed....... it makes the swings less severe...... leaves you more centered. It works great! Answered by Shantae Alfreds 6 months ago.
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Asked by Mickey Smolko 6 months ago.
Lamotrigine : The systematic name of lamotrigine is : 3,5-diamino-6-(2,3-dichlorophenyl)-1,... or 3,5-diamino-6-substituted-1,2,4-triazine... . Answered by Michael Hemmings 6 months ago.
Lamotrigine (marketed as Lamictal (IPA: [ləˈmɪktəl]) by GlaxoSmithKline, called Lamictin in South Africa, למוג'ין (Lamogine) in Israel, and 라믹탈 in South Korea) is an anticonvulsant drug used in the treatment of epilepsy and bipolar disorder. Lamotrigine Systematic (IUPAC) name 6-(2,3-dichlorophenyl)-1,2,4-triazine-... Identifiers CAS number84057-84-1 ATC codeN03AX09 PubChem3878 DrugBankAPRD00570 Chemical data FormulaC9H7Cl2N5 Mol. mass256.091 g/mol Pharmacokinetic data Bioavailability98% Protein binding55% MetabolismHepatic Half life24-34 hours (healthy adults) ExcretionRenal Therapeutic considerations Pregnancy cat. D (USA) Legal status N/A(USA); POM (UK) RoutesOral... Answered by Robbi Nickolas 6 months ago.
Can lamotrigine (lamictal) prevent seizures in people with bipolar disorder taking it as a mood stabilizer?
My question is if lamotrigine can prevent seizures in bipolar people who don't have epilepsy! Not if lamotrigine works on bipolar people!
Asked by Sebrina Ladd 6 months ago.
Lamotrigine is an anti-seizure drug. Psychiatrists 'borrowed' it from neurologists due to its research proven mood stabilizing effects. It prevents seizures by preventing excessive electrical activity in the brain. By preventing sodium from entering nerve cells when they begin to fire rapid and repetitive electrical signals. That buildup of sodium in the nerve cells allows electrical signal to build up and pass on to other nerve cells. Because lamotrigine prevents the brain's electrical activity is stabilized. This reaction is going to happen whether you're taking it for Bipolar II or epilepsy. So, yes it can. Though, in treatment of Bipolar psychiatrists often prescribed as "off-label" because it was not originally intended to the treatment of Bipolar and it is not fully recognized how the drug treats the illness exactly. Its thought to reduce the amount of glutamate in the brain. But that shows that its original purpose is being an anti-seizure drug. Answered by Shoshana Wenderoth 6 months ago.
Yes Lamictal can also be used for bipolar. Other anticonvulsants can be used for that as well, for example Keppra and Sodium Valproate (Epilim). Sodium Valproate can also be used to treat migraines. I am taking Keppra, for epilepsy, I'm on a nice tiny dose (which I love!, few side effects). Although I don't have bipolar, I have found that my PMS mood swings have greatly improved. So it has certainly helped me in that respect. Edit: Of course it can. That's why anticonvulsants were invented - to prevent or reduce seizures!! No matter what the cause. Answered by Dottie Swinehart 6 months ago.
Is Lamictal(lamotrigine) a placebo?
I'm prescribed Lamictal for my bipolar diagnosis. I've been using it for 4 months now with increasing dose, currently on 250 mg, but it just doesn't do anything. Like, I wish it did, but I'm actually having a really hard time and almost attempted suicide while on that pills. My shrink says she's...
Asked by Paris Rayow 6 months ago.
I'm prescribed Lamictal for my bipolar diagnosis. I've been using it for 4 months now with increasing dose, currently on 250 mg, but it just doesn't do anything. Like, I wish it did, but I'm actually having a really hard time and almost attempted suicide while on that pills. My shrink says she's going to increase the dose, but I wonder if there's a chance Lamictal is just a placebo. Answered by Nobuko Habig 6 months ago.
I take 1200mg Lithium and 400mg Lamotrigine and I have been doing the best I have ever been in my life. I also take 50mg of Buproprion in the morning because I have a low grade depression. I can tell you that if the doctor says you are on Lamotrigine and you are not in a study or something, that it is not a placebo. One suggestion as a 38 year old bipolar, diagnosed at 21, is that your circadian rhythm is very important. Your best solution is to combine these meds with a routine. Routine is as follows: Wake up and go to bed at the same time everyday. Eat meals, take your pills and exercise at the same time everyday. This will help get you in to a good circadian rhythm. It is VERY effective. Also, you should avoid things that mess up the rhythm, such as caffeine and alcohol. You can do this!! I still can't get into a very good routine, but the better I get at it, the better I feel. One really important thing is don't stay up too late. It will really mess up your circadian rhythm. Trust me on this. I know it sounds weird and I keep saying rhythm.. but you are more sensitive to changes in your sleep cycles. It is very important. I wish you well and I can assure you that you will make it through this time of trial and error. It is painful, but gradually you will feel better. I promise you, things are going to start making more sense. If you have any questions, just ask me. Answered by Mike Teston 6 months ago.