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People's experiences with Lamotrigine?

Discussion in 'Mental Health Disorders' started by Matt93, May 12, 2011.

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  1. Matt93

    Matt93 Well-Known Member

    I just prescribed these today. 25mg dose once daily for two weeks then 25mg dose twice daily for two weeks. After that its just plain ol' 50mg once daily.

    My doc told me about this rash you can get, but that's pretty much the only bad thing (considering it can be fatal). Just wanna know if it's helped any fellow bipolars, particularly type 2, that being where I'm classed. Feedback would be much appreciated.

    Thank guys! Matt :)
  2. Matt93

    Matt93 Well-Known Member

    That should say, I just GOT prescribed these today XD
  3. AlopexAngel

    AlopexAngel Chat Buddy

    It works great for bipolar 2. I've had no problems with it other than sensitive skin. Lotion usually takes care of that. I'm also on a much higher dose, 200 mg. Worth a shot. Good luck!
  4. Matt93

    Matt93 Well-Known Member

    Thanks angeliris3 :D! Because I've just started though, he's put me on a lower dose, and gonna double it every two weeks till I'm just taking 50mg once daily for four weeks. He'll be seeing about changing the dose after that.

    I must admit though, it's causing me to feel a tad drowsy this morning. But... that could be just from restless sleep again. Well, we'll see.

    Thanks again! :)
  5. lightbeam

    lightbeam Antiquities Friend

    I am on 400mg 1x daily (2 x 200mg). My doctor warned me about the rash too. Thankfully I've never gotten it.

    I figure it works, because it works along with all my other medications to keep the voices down.
  6. VALIS

    VALIS Well-Known Member

    Lamotrigine saved my life.

    I've been on it for almost 5 years. Bipolar II.
    Give it a shot, the other medications are meant mostly for people who tend towards mania, not hypomania but bad depressions. I haven't had a severe depressive disaster since I've been on it, I've held down jobs, made friends, improved relationships, finished school.... I'm a different person with this medication.

    Start low dose for sure to let your body get used to the medication. I've noticed some body side effects but nothing too bad. Mainly just that I get skin irritations a little easier. No weight gain, no energy loss, almost the opposite actually. Another nice thing is the effects for me were obvious within a few weeks- my life was already coming together.
  7. AlopexAngel

    AlopexAngel Chat Buddy

    Also, try taking it in the morning because it can cause/worsen insomnia.
  8. ace

    ace Well-Known Member

    I took it but not properly and then my Dr took me off it,it's not covered under the PBS by the government here in Australia.I've heard good things about it though.
  9. Matt93

    Matt93 Well-Known Member

    I already have sleeping problems. It does much differently to me, I can actually get to sleep as it makes me quite drowsy. Though, I do wake up a few times during the night, but it's easy to get back to sleep.

    That's a really good thing for me to know!! I get rather nasty depressions as it is, but these, even after a few days, are leaving me around a 6 or 7 out of 10, so all I can see right now is good things so far :)
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