... Is there any shakiness or memory loss? This is for bi polar. Thanks for your help
Hi, luvr! I liked Lamictal better than Depakote ~ it seemed to be a little more effective and NO side effects.
I did have to switch again to lithium because the Lamictal helped very well with mood swings, but not with anger and aggression which were very serious issues for me.
Best wishes, WCV
Hi there, I'm new to the group and I've had a lot of experience with Lamictal. I hope I can help some. I also have Bipolar Disorder and after ~8 excruciating years of searching for meds that I didn't have side effects from, tolerance to or that would do more than just hold my nose above water. Lamictal was and still is part of my "cocktail." I've found that it really helped with the depression factor. It was raised up a couple years later and could feel the extra boost again.
A year and half ago (maybe a little longer) I started getting EPS symptoms from ~8 years on Seroquel (which had been my core mood stabilizer) and I had to go off of it. I had also found a doc that actually did blood levels of medication and my Lamictal level was actually too low. So, a third dose was added. I'm on Adderall XR, plus have severe anxiety and other health problems that contribute to my shakiness. It didn't start with the Lamictal, nor did I experience memory loss from it. I have some memory loss due to concentration issues and ECT treatment, again never related to the Lamictal. I tried Depakote once for only two weeks, so I really can't compare the two meds. Lamictal is supposed to cause drowsiness but I have never had that. I know there is a dangerous rash reaction that can occur from it, but docs usually start slow to make sure that doesn't happen.
I'm currently on 300mg of Effexor XR, 200mg of Lamictal TID and just started 40mg of Latuda at night. Lamictal has always been an effective part of my Bipolar "cocktail."
I hope that gives you more info.
- Lamictal Information for Consumers
- Lamictal Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lamictal (detailed)
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