User Reviews for Lamictal

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Schizoaffective Disorder 4 reviews 29 medications
   
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Bipolar Disorder 240 reviews 46 medications
   
8.6
Seizure Prevention 30 reviews 34 medications
   
7.6
Summary of Lamictal reviews 274 reviews 8.5

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Review by tenover:

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10

For Bipolar Disorder: I've been on this medicine 175mg per for 5 years-cyclothymia-miracle medicine. I was either angry or ecstatic on any given day. Now the same guy shows up every day-so thankful for this medicine.

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April 23, 2015 12:00 PM

Review by Zane Dayton (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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6.0

For Seizure Prevention: My neurologist decided to try lamictal with me because of the inefficiency of topamax. As I was weening off topamax, he put me on 300mg of lamictal XR. After a few weeks, I was solely on lamictal and no more topamax. Yet, the first two weeks I had two seizures, so my doctor decided to put me on 1000mg of Keppra. I've had a few more seizures on lamictal and it was very random. I believe that lamictal is not beneficial by itself, but combined with another drug, it seems to help out. Although it helps a little bit, the side effects are fatigue, weakness and low appetite. These side effects weren't as bad as topamax, but they weren't the best. In the end, I've been seizure free for the last six months on lamictal and keppra.

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April 15, 2015 2:31 PM

Review by BDPM (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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10

For Bipolar Disorder: This was very, very good. I have MDNOS (Mood Disorder Not Otherwise Specified) however, it is likely that I have Bipolar 2 Disorder, and my doctor has used the terms hypomania and major depression to describe elements of my condition. I also experience some anxiety. I tried Zoloft before, but as many people with Bipolar Disorders know, that can lead to some bad things happening. I had significant side effects and it made me irritable. When I got to Lamictal, I immediately noticed how much better things were. First, I began to feel less depressed, and I noticed that I had virtually no side effects. I have never even heard of a psych medication with no side effects (for me at least). It worked well for all of my problems.

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April 9, 2015 8:51 PM

Review by BAAAEE (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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6.0

For Bipolar Disorder: Lamictal is a great medication for the depressive side of my bipolar 1 disorder, but try as I may, it is not a good mono-therapy, meaning I can't take it alone. I need another mood stabilizing medication with it or it causes anxiety and irritability to worsen. I'm giving it 7 of 10 stars because it doesn't work for bipolar 1 as a mono-therapy and has effected my memory and ability to recall words and to read quickly. Side effects for me are reading difficulty, memory issues, and break through anxiety and irritability.

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March 30, 2015 10:32 AM

Review by Salenad (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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9.0

For Bipolar Disorder: I have been on this for about 8 yrs. It is the only thing that made me feel normal with out being loopy or "high". My only thing is that I am needing to either increase it or add something. Open to suggestions.

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March 22, 2015 8:39 PM

Review by Lewisnancy (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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6.0

For Bipolar Disorder: Not very helpful for the depression except at higher dose of 300+mg. at that dose I experienced severe hair loss: About a third of my hair fell out in about four months

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March 8, 2015 8:44 PM

Review by Thekimmer (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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9.0

For Bipolar Disorder: I experienced depressive episodes once every 10 years or so, 18 months duration. When my husband died suddenly of coronary problems in '89, I was in a down stage--which didn't change until the Dr. and I found Lamictal. Tried 11 meds before without result, still locked into depression. Was tired or hyper while we worked out the dosage. Very slight hair loss was a small price to pay for a new life! Friends even remarked on the favorable attitude change. I can't thank the developers enough and it's a shame it doesn't work for all bipolar II sufferers!

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February 18, 2015 11:26 AM

Review by dmmw1983 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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10

For Bipolar Disorder: Thanks Lamictal, my moods are level (no lows or highs),no more rapid cycling or rapid thoughts, feel confident, happy, more energy, haven't had one depressive thought since starting this medication and at my correct dose of 200mg (cut in half and take 1/2 tablet twice per day, works out cheaper this way). Finally found the best medication for me.

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February 15, 2015 9:45 AM

Review by Llilys (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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10

For Bipolar Disorder: 3 yrs, 150 x 150mg. Too many side effects including total oral decay due to no saliva production.

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February 14, 2015 4:10 PM

Review by valchicago:

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3.0

For Bipolar Disorder: I took Lamictal for 6 months to treat bipolar and anxiety. As far as I can tell, it did nothing for me. Took forever to titrate up, due to the risk of rash, and am now weaning myself off. Trying Seroquel now, which is showing far more promise.

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February 12, 2015 9:53 AM

Review by amanda louise (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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10

For Bipolar Disorder: works great for mood swings and temper problems, substantially reduced anxiety

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February 11, 2015 5:13 AM

Review by Longtermbipolar:

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10

For Bipolar Disorder: After years of antidepressant tablets that worked only to blank out my memory and let me survive, I went on to lamotragine six months ago. Suddenly and quickly I started to feel normal again. My long term memory has returned, and I take pleasure in music and nature again. I feel so much happier. On the negative side the fatigue became a problem but has reduced as I reduced my dose to get to optimal. Insomnia and vivid dreams have increased but I can deal with that. Also blurred vision and dizziness that is slowly disappearing. In short a miracle for bipolar 2. I also take Lexapro.

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February 7, 2015 5:06 PM

Review by smdera (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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10

For Bipolar Disorder: This has saved my life, but make sure to take it on time

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January 23, 2015 1:35 AM

Review by Ailicec (taken for 6 months to 1 year):

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10

For Bipolar Disorder: As a mood stabilizer for Bipolar Disorder, Lamictal has worked wonders for me. I was worried about getting the dreaded "Lamictal rash" but never did. My doctor followed the guidelines for increasing the dose slowly and I never had any side effects. I have been on the maintenance dose for several months and I actually feel normal. If there is such a thing. I am currently taking Lamictal in conjunction with the antidepressant, Cymbalta. Finding the right medication(s) can be very frustrating, but please don't give up.

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January 5, 2015 11:58 PM

Review by AustiNique (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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8.0

For Bipolar Disorder: It has saved my life. Literally.

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January 3, 2015 8:52 PM

Review by Zina S.:

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2.0

For Bipolar Disorder: While taking this medicine... It keeps my mind racing, kept my heart %u2665 racing. For the 3 weeks I've been taking it my blood pressure stayed high while taking the meds now that I stop taking them my blood pressure been back to normal. I stayed very hot & dizzy while on it. I felt the same just had a little energy.

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December 28, 2014 8:11 AM

Review by Imokyourok (taken for less than 1 month):

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8.0

For Bipolar Disorder: I've suffered from depression and anxiety since I was a teen, made worse after the birth of my child. I tried various antidepressants which had the usual side effects of headaches, sluggishness, low libido and weight gain. One was a total disaster and triggered a hypo manic episode. I've spent 3 years medication free, with no manic episodes but still struggling with depression. 3 weeks ago I started Lamictal. I know it's early days to call it a win but I immediately felt better. The volume on that horrible self talk has been muted, I feel positive and optimistic. No headaches, no loss of libido and it is weight neutral. I have noticed a few side effects - the first week my skin was very itchy and I'm losing more hair than usual. Hope this subsides.

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December 27, 2014 3:36 AM

Review by Nottheone:

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6.0

For Seizure Prevention: I do like Lamictal as it kind of kept my seizures under control but the side effects on my body and the fact that I still had grand mal seizures more frequently than never I decided to try medical marijuana. I am very pleased to say the the high strains have kept my seizures away entirely.

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December 12, 2014 8:40 AM

Review by Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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10

For Bipolar Disorder: I have rapid clycling bipolar disorder and was diagnosed five years ago. After trying, Seroquel, Risperdal and Lithium with failure, a combination of Lamictal and Rivotril works for me. All the other medicines never work or side effects where making me drowsy. I got side effects from Lamictal for 2 days when I increased the dose every two weeks until I got to the recommended dose and I take Rivoril to control anxiety every now and then. Also the anxiety diminished as the Lamictal dose got closer to the full recommended dosage.

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November 23, 2014 8:25 PM

Review by Margoladybug (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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10

For Bipolar Disorder: I was on Lamictal in the past and it was wonderful, it really helped me control my mood and anger issues but of course like any bipolar person I stop taking medicines. I was but on other meds that affected me the wrong way. I am now back on them and can't wait till I am at my right dosage. You have to give it time and slowly get to the right dosage. It CAN and WILL help. In past I was on it for 2 years.

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November 17, 2014 4:08 PM

Review by Bipolar 2 Gal (taken for 6 months to 1 year):

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10

For Bipolar Disorder: I titrated up to 100 mg over a two month period. I have had chronic depression since my teens, with one episode of hypomania and rapid cycling. I have taken Depakote, which had horrible neurological side effects, and Tegretol, which stabilized me but did nothing for depression. The Lamictal has completely done away with depression. My only side-effect is anorexia. I have to force myself to eat and I get full right away. I needed to lose weight so this isn't a bad thing.

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November 13, 2014 12:35 PM

Review by Anonymous (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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10

For Seizure Prevention: I've been on Lamictal for 8 years and am seizure free with no side effects. The only problem I encountered was that I had a seizure the day after my daughter was born because my dosage post-pregnancy was too low. For those planning to have children, I'm happy to say my daughter had no birth defects. However, I chose not to breast feed her because the medicine would pass to her body. Overall, I'm incredibly happy.

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November 12, 2014 9:50 PM

Review by Mel2237 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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9.0

For Bipolar Disorder: This medication has changed my life. While I have notice that I've gained a few pounds, that's nothing compared to me being able to live happily again.

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November 11, 2014 6:13 PM

Review by AntoniaM:

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3.0

For Bipolar Disorder: I'm on Wellbutrin already and was recently put on Lamictal, it stabilized my moods a bit, but I stopped taking it due to the horrible insomnia and very vivid dreams. Every time I went to bed and managed to sleep I woke up exhausted due to my brain consistently running through the night. I had to stop it, I was tired all the time because of the horrible insomnia.

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October 27, 2014 8:15 PM

Review by Bipolar I (taken for 5 to 10 years):

For Bipolar Disorder: I love Lamictal not only does it help with stabilizing my moods it has reduced my migraines by 85%. I have bipolar I, rapid cycles, with mixed episodes. With regards to the scare of the rash, I have no problems going from 100mg to 200 or 300 in dosing. I have so side effects at all. I have taken pretty much everything out there but this one has done well for me for 7 years now.

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October 26, 2014 1:13 AM

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