I just started on lamictal . I am on a small dose but I also am very petitie. I also take wellbutrin xl 150 1x day. I am very worried about gaining weight on this medicine. Has anyone else been on this combination of medications and what have they noticed in general but also with their weight and appetite.|?
23 Jul 2012
r7551, I am on Lamictal 100 mg and Wellbutrin too, and I have not had any problems with weight gain. I think it is a great combination, for me that is. I was struggling very hard mentally before this combination, and I feel alot better. Everyone is different. But works for me. Best of luck to you, and wish you nothing but peace and happiness. Ruthie
23 Jul 2012
Hi r7551, I have been on 400mg's of Lamictal now for at least 7yrs. I'm also on Wellbutrin. I love Lamictal! And I can guarentee you it is not a drug that causes people to gain weight. Wellbutrin isn't either. I also have been very weight conscious and have been on many different medications through my yrs. of struggle with bipolar disorder. I'm 49 and I was diagnosed at 26. I've taken many meds that have made me put on an average 20lbs. I also have an anxiety disorder that used to be crippling to me. I take 2-mg's of clonazepam at bedtime for anxiety and in addition, I was told by two psychiatrists tha though clonazepam isn't considered a tx. for Bipolar disorder it does have some properties that are good for people with bipolar disorder. I take Seroquel 200mg's at bedtime. Seroquel is an antipsychotic to decreas the potential for going into a full blown manic/pyschotic episode.
Now, I have gained 5-lbs on Seroquel. But it's so helpful that it's worth the 5lbs. Seroquel also helps me sleep well at night.
Anyway, I hope this is helpful to you. I have never met anyone who has gained weight on Lamictal or Wellbutrin. I hope this combination of medications works well for your symptoms!
5 Aug 2012
I too, have similar issues and life struggles as you, and I just wanted to hopefully help with my Lamictal/ Wellbutrin experience..First I only took Wellbutrin for a long time, and it helped to a point but I felt like it was never enough, so finally 3 years ago I got good insurance to see a Psych and was diagnosed w/ Bipolar 2. She recommended adding Lamictal and Zoloft-because I never felt good.. I needed both antidepressants and Lamictal because its a mood stabilizer. I started with 50 mg 1x day of Lamictal then slowly over a month I think, went up to 150, along with 150 WB 2x day, morning and early evening and Zoloft 25mg 1x day. This combo has changed my life!! I didnt gain weight from them, and I can focus, I feel good feelings, I never feel spacey or medicated and I have more mental clarity, focus and much less OCD and anxiety. Its like all the good things I knew were in me can be felt and expressed now, no longer like watching a movie of yourself, and feeling disconnected like with the volume turned off. Before, I just put up with feeling numb or depressed and anxious all the time,as I too, for many years had to force myself to get up and go everyday,because my career depends upon people, and that gave me the motivation to be there for them, even though I could barely care for myself.. I am glad I never gave up trying to fig out what I needed for myself, I just had to get over not wanting to take all the meds forever.I hope this helps anyone somehow, for sharing knowledge is power, and we are all in the "club courageous" in my opinion.:) Meds are really trial and error. Its really good to track your moods etc, then you have a reference should you need to adjust the meds..Just give each one at least a month to see how it goes..Good luck JL
15 Aug 2012
I am on 200 mg Lamictal before bed and 200 mg Wellbutrin twice daily. I have actually had a decrease in weight on this combo. I had been on combination of Serequal, Ativan and Wellbutrin and had significant weight gain. I have lost all of that weight, and then some, since making the switch. The combination works well for me also.
17 Jan 2013
I took welbutrin went from size 22 to 8 . It wore off and started to take paxil then that wore off. Now on lamictal havent gained 25 mg 2xpday celexa an adivan. Im experiencing joint pain and lechen planus since i started this month. Im small framed too been going thur this bipolar One since1999 been on meds since. Your gonna stay small i went from 2 to 12 on six months from respirdol know how u feel.
2 Apr 2013
I am on the same combination of meds and have been for many years. I am the same size now as I was before I started the medications. 5'2" tall and about 118 lbs. I was on Wellbutrin for a couple years along with Zoloft for depression and Depakote for my mood stabilizer. when I switched from Depakote to Lamictal I felt like my life began!! What a wonderful medication for Bipolar! I have heard the only good reports from many other Bipolars. I hope you will find it to be as helpful as I have. I am no longer on the Zoloft. I chose to give my body and mind a break from all my medications a few years ago because my situation had changed so drastically in many ways and I wanted to cleanse and be reassessed to see where I was at. Before the break I was on Wellbutrin, Zoloft, Lamictal. Gabapentin, and two others I can't recall at the moment for eight years and on high doses. I am very happy and balanced on Lamictal and Wellbutrin and have been for about a year now.
I'd like to pass on a wonderful web site I found very helpful when I was trying to figure out what it meant to be Bipolar. It's called "Bipolar Happens".com. Julie Fast is unable to take med's so she has come up with some very interesting alternative ways to manage her BP. She's written some great books as well both for the BP and for those who love one. I hope this helps. God Bless and Good Health!
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