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Bi-Polar I woman is on lithium, Lamictal and a bit of Prozac. Could she drop the Lamictal?

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WildcatVet 4 Aug 2018

Hi, Marchank! Lithium is the gold standard and only mood stabilizer; Lamictal is an anticonvulsant that can control mood swings in some people. Only her doctor can say why she is on both.
Also, I would be careful with Prozac as antidepressants have been shown to provoke manic and rapid cycling episodes in Bipolar patients. If depression is an issue a Bipolar medication such as Latuda might be better indicated.
Best regards, Wildcat
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Inactive 5 Aug 2018

Lamictal's major side effect is itchy all over one's body. Lithium has tremendous side effects for all of the bipolar patients I encountered. Have you tried Dekapote?

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Dankova 7 Aug 2018

Lithium alone was for me not effective. Now I am taking it in conjunction with Lamictal and Abilify and this keeps me quite stable. I was told that Lamictal works against depressive moods. free discount card

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