Health QuestionsCategory: MedicationsPositive results from Lamictal up to 100mg
mehjaf asked 3 years ago

A couple of years ago a new shrink convinced me to try Lamictal and maybe think about the fact that I could possibly have Bipolar II disorder.  I was okay with just depression but did not want that bipolar label.  But desperation drove me to just try the med-maybe I just had refractory depression.  But really I realized that me not accepting something does not change the fact that it exists.  I did get a few slight rashes with Lamictal but I have a history of hives and nervous itching and senstive skin.  Lamictal has been like a miracle drug.  I felt much better but subtly I thought.  You ask my husband and my friends about it and they will say it was dramatic and please don’t stop taking it.  It replaced my Celexa and he kept me on my Effexor XR.  We have only been able to get up to 100mg of Lamictal a day.  Any more than that and I seem to get anxious, can’t sleep, can’t think. Anxiety.  Same with Effexor XR.  Cannot tolerate higher doses.  My internal med doctor just gave me Klonopin to try.  He seems to think some of my physical problems are anxiety.  I did not think that could be right but .25mg in the morning and .5 in the evening over the past 5 days seem to have made a big difference.  No night sweats.  No cold clammy sweats and dizziness during the day out of the blue.  No hand tremors out of nowhere.  I thought I was going through the change.  But I guess not at 37 years old.  Why does it seem like I would be happier to find out I had Lupus or going through menapause or some awful disease than panic attacks?

mehjaf asked 3 years ago

A couple of years ago a new shrink convinced me to try Lamictal and maybe think about the fact that I could possibly have Bipolar II disorder.  I was okay with just depression but did not want that bipolar label.  But desperation drove me to just try the med-maybe I just had refractory depression.  But really I realized that me not accepting something does not change the fact that it exists.  I did get a few slight rashes with Lamictal but I have a history of hives and nervous itching and senstive skin.  Lamictal has been like a miracle drug.  I felt much better but subtly I thought.  You ask my husband and my friends about it and they will say it was dramatic and please don’t stop taking it.  It replaced my Celexa and he kept me on my Effexor XR.  We have only been able to get up to 100mg of Lamictal a day.  Any more than that and I seem to get anxious, can’t sleep, can’t think. Anxiety.  Same with Effexor XR.  Cannot tolerate higher doses.  My internal med doctor just gave me Klonopin to try.  He seems to think some of my physical problems are anxiety.  I did not think that could be right but .25mg in the morning and .5 in the evening over the past 5 days seem to have made a big difference.  No night sweats.  No cold clammy sweats and dizziness during the day out of the blue.  No hand tremors out of nowhere.  I thought I was going through the change.  But I guess not at 37 years old.  Why does it seem like I would be happier to find out I had Lupus or going through menapause or some awful disease than panic attacks?