Also known as: Lamictal, Lamictal CD, Lamictal ODT, Lamictal XR
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Lamictal (lamotrigine) for Bipolar Disorder: I was diagnosed with Bipolar 2 seven years ago in College. I refused treatment, and my relationship with my husband started to deteriorate. I started Lamictal a year ago and have totally returned to my old self. I am happy, calm, rational and I found the motivation to lose fifty pounds. The only down fall is I kind of miss the ability to process information at a very rapid rate, but I gladly trade it for a great relationship with my husband and child.
Lamictal (lamotrigine) for Bipolar Disorder: I was diagnosed with bipolar II when I was 18 years old. I have been on Lamictal for a year and a half now. Within a month of starting this medication I saw amazing results. I have experienced no depression and no hypomania whatsoever. After having bipolar II really run my life in my teen years and cause me to temporarily lose sight of myself, I feel like I have reconnected with who I truly am since starting this medication. I feel more myself than I have in so many years. I still feel things deeply hence unlike some antidepressants which numb you, per my own experience, Lamictal does not. If you truly have bipolar II, this is a wonderful medication. Much Love to you all on this tumultuous journey; stay strong and never lose hope.
Lamictal (lamotrigine) for Bipolar Disorder: I've been on Prozac for 2 years for post traumatic stress disorder, in May 2012 I had gastric bypass surgery and recently went back to my doctor because I felt like I wasn't even on my Prozac anymore (I wasn't absorbing it after surgery) so he doubled the dose. After 3 days I felt way worse! So we dropped the Prozac back down and doubled my Topamax. The combination of Topamax and Prozac made me feel awful! I had uncontrollable crying, bad nausea, and was probably the most depressed I've ever been. I was diagnosed with a mild form of Bipolar, so we started on 50 mg of Lamictal for 3 days then we bumped to 100mgs. Its been 5 days, but I can honestly feel a difference! Haven't cried since, feel better mentally and I'm just happier.
Review by royal nepalese yak dog (taken for 5 to 10 years):
Lamictal (lamotrigine) for Bipolar Disorder: Lamictal changed my life! It is what I use as an antidepressant for Bipolar II (300 mg in the morning) along with Seroquel ER 100 mg at night which keeps my anxiety in check. No side effects from either.
lamotrigine for Seizure Prevention: While going through titration I had intense mood swings. Extreme happiness and seething anger over ridiculous things.
When I forget to take a pill it makes me EXTREMELY ill. Nausea, dizziness, fogginess, etc. On a day to day basis: Sometimes I forget words, phrases and even once, my ATM pin number. It's like I'm grasping for them and they're just not there. I also get lightning-like, "zinging" headaches. They were worse during titration, but they haven't gone away. They usually happen when I'm at work.
In addition, I often feel like I'm in a fog, and have had a few instances where my words will slur together like my brain just can't quite form them right.
Lamictal (lamotrigine) for Bipolar Disorder: I've suffered with Bipolar II for roughly 7 years, after two suicide attempts, months of insomnia, and horrible manic events, I finally found a doctor who knew what he was talking about! In combination with Prozac, I have started my titration of Lamictal. I tried Zyprexa and gained 20 pounds in a month. With Lamictal, I've lost that and more. I hardly feel hungry. I have faith that once my dose is increased I won't have as many depressed days. So far so good!
lamotrigine for Depression: I really like it. I never had bipolar disorder, which I know that's what lamotrigine is primarily for, but it really helped me with depression and there were no side effects at all. It's helped me relax and enjoy life more. I'd highly recommend it.
Lamictal (lamotrigine) for Bipolar Disorder: I'm 16 and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder type II a month ago. I was put on Lamictal six days later. Around two weeks of the effective dosage, I started to see stability in both my depression and hypomania without any personality change or affective flattening. I did get canker sores however, but no signs of the SJS rash yet. This is overall a pretty effective medicine from my experience.
Lamictal (lamotrigine) for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Been on Lamictal for about 5 yrs after many yrs of antidepressants and anxiety medicines. About 6 yrs ago after a very traumatic experience with losing my boys and husband nothing worked anymore, I started having stress induced seizures, some very serious! They put me on Lamictal and my periods of mania and mind racing slowly stopped, my restless legs syndrome went away. I actually started to feel and not be a robot. Side effects for me are drowsiness and slight weight gain (8 lbs), I'd gain any amount to feel normal. One VERY important fact to remember is dosage! Everyone has different amounts that work, and don't ever skip or adjust dosage on your own! I did it and paid the price. Hope this helps! I feel grateful to my doc for prescribing.
Lamictal (lamotrigine) for Seizure Prevention: My grandson has silent seizures and has been on Lamictal for about 3 years. He is 16 years old. He started off on a 100mg a day. He was increased to 200mg daily. His seizures has stopped but he has lost a lot of weight. I discussed this with his doctor and he said it wasn't the medication. I had already done some research and saw that it could be a side effect. He told me to take him to his family doctor. When I took him to his family doctor she said it was the Lamictal. He also has terrible acne, has a hard time concentrating, has a hard time expressing himself and has severe constipation to the point he has bowel incontinence. He has had several problems with anger issues. These symptoms started when they upped his medication.
lamotrigine for Cyclothymic Disorder: Only been on it two weeks, so far so good, starting very slowly and no rash. I have always had skin problems like dermatitis so its not adding to those and I slept well the very first night I took it and woke up feeling more calm. It's delayed the manic episodes too. I do feel slowly less depressive but I know it's very early and the benefits will come at a higher dose but so far so good, thank God I got this from my psychiatrist, finally, and best of all NO appetite unlike the other mood medicines.
lamotrigine for Bipolar Disorder: Havent had even a mild depressive episode since and it worked right away. However, I have not been on it for a while as its a small sample size. Amazingly not really any significant side effects.
Lamictal (lamotrigine) for Bipolar Disorder: I have been taking Lamictal for the last 2 years, its amazing and life changing! Very little side effects, besides weight gain for a lack of words, losing weight seems to be impossible for me, and I workout 5 days a week, so for that reason, I'm looking to see what else is out there.
If by chance you are reading this and looking for something to help, this is IT! Really!
Lamictal (lamotrigine) for Bipolar Disorder: I was treated for years with Bipolar 2 disorder using various ant-depressants. They all made my moods cycle up and down. I'm now on Lamotrigine 300mg twice a day and feel better than I have in 20 years.I'm 66 now. I had to start slow and gradually work up to my present dosage. It was definitely effective for me to do it this way.
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lamotrigine for Bipolar Disorder: I have BiPolar II and have been depressed/dark/worthless/in a hole for a long time. I asked my psych doc if I could try lamotrigine since nothing else helped/worked. We gave it a go and it has made my life so much better! I feel like I have been given a gift. The gift of peace with myself and the world around me.
Lamictal (lamotrigine) for Bipolar Disorder: When I was 15, I was diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder. The first ever medication for it that I was on, was Lamictal. Worked absolute wonders, until it started making me have my period every two weeks. So I stopped. I absolutely felt great on it, so it disappointed me that I had to get off of it. I have had a daughter since then, so I'm thinking my body has changed because of the pregnancy. I'm trying it again, and it actually started helping the next day! My psychosis is not under control because its only a mood stabilizer, but my thinking is a little clearer, and I'm in a better mood. Not quite there, but I can feel it working.
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Lamictal (lamotrigine) for Bipolar Disorder: I'm a 30 year old female and I've had many different diagnosis as well. I've tried and failed with many antidepressants, antipsychotics, among others. Nothing ever worked or made me feel worse! Then I found Lamotrigine. I've been on 50MG a day for ten days now. After six days I was feeling great. But now I'm getting mood swings, itchy, slight headaches, and lots of crazy dreaming. I am still a little depressed and thought this is not going to work either. But thanks to all your good reviews I'm going to hang in there, wait until I find the right dose, and hopefully feel as good as all of you.
Lamictal (lamotrigine) for Bipolar Disorder: Depression ever since I can remember. Had 15 good years on Prozac, but it stopped working. Have been trying all kinds of antidepressants & in December I was put on Lamictal. Worked up to 100 mg, stayed on for awhile, not much happening - thought it was just another med that wasn't going to work. My doc said the "therapeutic" dose so am slowly titrating up to 200 mg - currently at 175/day. Just yesterday I think I started feeling the miracle of Lamictal kicking in! Yesterday and today I have felt better than I have felt in soooooo long - don't stop before the miracle happens (unless you have bad side effects, like the rash, which thankfully I do not have). I want to shout my gratefulness from the rooftops!!
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Lamictal (lamotrigine) for Bipolar Disorder: Found Lamictal to be wonderful, with *NO* side effects (can't say that about many medicines). Really worked for mood disorders. No withdrawal symptoms when I stopped it either. While I do not currently take this, if I am having a rough time with depression/mania this is what I request.
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Review by Minaosorio (taken for less than 1 month):
Lamictal (lamotrigine) for Bipolar Disorder: I have been taking Lamictal for about a month and I can see the difference the only thing is that I am itching all over. I was wondering if that is normal with this medication. I have no rashes or red bumps, just I itch .
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lamotrigine for Bipolar Disorder: I've been on 100mg of lamotrigine for about 3 years now. It gave me a life! I was on Abilify 5mg and Effexor 150mg but the mania was still bad. Then lamotrigine was added and I was able to read, socialize and work a job again. I wish people would always put how much of the medication they take. It is really helpful to know that information.
Lamictal (lamotrigine) for Bipolar Disorder: This medicine and Geodon in combination saved my life. I have been functioning normally for three years now. Hardly any noticeable side effects if any and mild to no mood swings.
Lamictal XR (lamotrigine) for Seizure Prevention: I didn't have many problems with Lamictal XR . Just sleep problems for about 3 or 4 days and then I adjusted. Constipation also plagued me. I had a breakthrough partial seizure and doc changed from 100mg to 150mg. Now I am having a lot of problems. My sleep is really disturbed, really bad dreams and panic attacks waking me up while sleeping. Wish he could put me at 125mg. Will have to check with him and see if that will keep seizures at bay. I have been a week and one half without a seizure.
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