Hello everyone. This is my first post here. I'm looking for some insight as far as what is normal when starting a new med. To avoid a terribly long story, I will say that I believe I'm being treated for bipolar 2. I have never experienced this before hence my confusion about the diagnosis. Psychiatrist has me on 150 MG Wellbutrin xl, 10mg Abilify, and 25mg Lamictal. I have been on the Wellbutrin and Abilify for 2 weeks. Just started the Lamictal yesterday. I'm feeling like complete garbage. My first 2 weeks on the combo were okay, just extremely tired. Now this week i am experiencing EVERY side effect in the book and is almost debilitating. Are you really supposed to feel like you are on your deathbed until your body adjusts to the medication? Why were the first 2 weeks okay? Is it because I added the Lamictal? Any experience anyone may have with these medications would be helpful. I should add that I had an awful experience with Zoloft and Celexa. I desperately need to be able to take medication for this as I currently have no quality of life but I want to give up on the medicine
It sounds like you are being treated for a bipolar disorder but that may be because of the nature of your horrible experience with SSRI's and that they are using medications that will not cause a repeat. The Lamictal I can't really say but your doctor does seem to listen to you and has a plan. Always a good sign.
Best wishes. :-)
19 Aug 2017
Hi cmc- No one knows exactly how or why different meds react in a combination. Sometimes you can feel worst before better. You can hold out for another two weeks to see if the side effects lessen and or go away. But if you feel like it is just too debilitating call your doctor about your side effects. I am sorry that you are feeling so bad.
12 Dec 2017
Did you ever get any better? I've been in all 3 of these now for 4 weeks. IM A DEPRESSED MESS. I sleep constantly all day. I have 0% energy, don't want to socialize or do anything. Just wanting to know if this combo got better for you? I'm ready to give up
26 Oct 2020
I’m years behind on this post but hoping my post will bring it back to the forefront. Has anyone had positive results in taking these 3 drugs? I’ve struggled with BiPo I for years & have just recently fell victim to the disease. My last memory of normalcy was 4 years ago with this regimen. Any input would be greatly appreciated.