Has anybody had good results with Lamictal against anxiety attacks?
- 29 Feb 2012 by Anonymous
- lamictal, bipolar disorder, anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder
Hi, I have bipolar and suffer with horrendous anxiety attacks... My psychiatrist recently prescribed Lamictal for my Bipolar but said it has helped many people with anxiety. One reason being that the neurotransmitters that trigger the anxiety can be treated similarly to the ones that trigger epileptic fits... (Lamictal being an anti epileptic)
The other reason she says the Lamictal can help is by improving general mood which can relieve anxiety as well... Similar to some anti-Depressants...
My question is this : Has anybody had success against anxiety with Lamictal? I don't mean with numerous benzo's as well... ( However I do take Diazepam for my anxiety but my dosage is increasing as my attacks seem to overpower the effectiveness of the Diazepam) If Lamictal has helped with really bad anxiety attacks or reduced their severity or helped reduced your Benzo intake, I'd love to hear some positive feedback...
31 Jan 2014
Hi im on a high dose of diazepam (85ml) and have been for yrs as I hav chronic anxiety and daily panic attacks also on prozac20ml and mirtazapine45ml. Im also finding my anxiety is increasing and the diazepam is no longer helpin but my doctor is reluctant to increase it infact they have already reduced it from 120ml! I have just found out I have bipolar but am unsure what medication I need or what the process is. My doctor isnt brilliant so am anxious and reluctant about seeing him. I have been told by the psychiatrist that lamictal along with seraqoul has a high sucess rate with helping anxiety and hypomania/depression. I realy hope it works for you good luck :)... im unsure if I would be prescribed either of these tho with the meds im on.iv had anxiety and depression all my life with constant ups and downs not noing I had bipolar its all new to me so any advice or guidance would be greatly appreciated :)
2 Feb 2014
I was on Lamictal and I had severe anxiety on it when I reach the therapeutic level of 200 mg in divided doses. I couldn't stand the really bad anxiety on it so I had to stop it and I went on Divaplorex (1000 mg) in divided doses and its made a would of difference for me, I feel really calm for the first time in a long time.
I hope that was helpful :)
10 Jul 2013
Lamictal has helped to give me back my life!! I suffered with anxiety for years then moved to NYC and my anxiety swelled to agoraphobia.
I tried a myriad of drugs with varying results. Paxil helped but only for awhile. Depakote helped moderately at hi doses with side effects. Ativan helps but is a quick fix. Lamictal has all but cured my anxiety!
I used to get panic attacks going to the corner store, riding the subway, sitting in a crowded theatre. Now I take 2 lamictal before bed and live my life without panic :)
2 Oct 2012
I have been taking Lamictal XR for bi polar disease for a year. I did not think that my anxiety level had dropped in that years time. I recently dropped to the generic and dropped the MG. My anxiety level has sky rocketed. I'm assuming it is the Lamictal that has kept me less stressed.
17 Dec 2014
I was recently prescribed lamictal for anxiety/mood stabilizer for bipolar. Other than occasional muscle stiffness at first, I'm on therapeutic dosage of 200mg broken into 100mg twice daily. Anxiety/fear has completely subsided as well as leveled out between irritable mania and decompensation depression episode. After being on Klonopin for 20yrs, I have to say this has been a great change. Just have to find right combination/dosage for individual.
11 Jul 2013
Anxiety all my life. small amount of occasional depression. Tried just about every drug / drug combination
Finally found Lamictal and it's been amazing. Almost all of my anxiety is gone. used to have anxiety just ordering food from a waiter. I'm still not the most social person but my anxiety's way down. So glad I found it.
On top of that I haven't experienced any major side effects. The only side effect I can think of is that my appetite is gone, sometimes I'll just forget to eat for a long period of time until I get light headed and remember.
I take 2, 200mg pills during the day.
No cocktail, just Lamictal.
I understand that people have different reactions to drugs. I see that with some people it boosts anxiety or doesn't work all together. speaking only of my experience I have to say it's the best thing I've ever taken by a large margin.
3 Sep 2012
I think it has helped me. I was on Klonopin for many years, the doc took me off of it 6 months ago. I think the Lamictal has helped. I have been on Lamictal for many years. I am thankful to have a decent mood stabilizer
29 Feb 2012
I was put on lamictal, and it was the best med I have ever been on, which is very many, I ended up with a small rash so now I'm refused to be put on it again, I regret not ignoring the rash to see if it was something else, I have been put on a lot since, with not so much luck, lamictal was what I needed and now can't have. So just to let you know my experience, give it a chance, if you react the way I did it will work wonders. My doc has me on seroquel xr I stopped it 5 days ago now, couldn't handle what it did to my mind, but can say I didn't need to take any of my 6 mg of Xanax while on it for anxiety, seroquel take away all anxiety , down side in my experience, it also took away everything else normal in my mind. Good luck. Wish you well.
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