... any recommendations? I have read reviews of Lamictal and wondered about it. My psychologist suggested I discuss the use of these mood stabilizers with a psychiatrist. Overall I wondered about the use of these meds with BPD. I currently take Seroquel and Lexapro. The least I take the better as far as I am concerned so I am hoping to take just one med, which is probably a bit optimistic. Cheers.
I am on day 38 of the Lamictal kit, from 25 to100mg. Please excuse the pessimistic post, BUT I have been miserable since I started... I asked my Dr. for Xanax!
Two months ago, I titrated off Paxil from being on it for 12 years.
I have been doing countless research on Lamictal and can't find too much, especially while taking Neurontin... now there's a good one! It helps SO much with agitation and anger, but since the doctor prescribed both drugs, I am wondering about to do next.
This seems to be an informational site in regards to meds, but not BPD. That is where we run into the unknown... pls. keep in touch as I too, will continue my research.
I've significant first hand experience with Lamictal. I have BPD and BP1 and OCD and a bunch of other stuff going on. The Lamictal, I started taking 5 years ago. I've gone up and down in dosage and I've been able to really feel a good benefit from it and haven't needed to switch ever. The important things to know about Lamictal: Always start under your prescriber's orders and do not try and change them on your own at all as serious horrific reactions can happen; with mood stabalizers and many other medications there is an intial great feeling and a feeling of getting worse again, then another great feeling as the dosage increase, and the cycle continues until the right balance is achieved. For the first 2-3 years I was fixed at 200mg and went up to 300mg until last month when I went up to 400mg because of a new severe pain issue.
Do not discontinue either without tapering under a prescriber's care as seizures and other effects may happen as a result if not careful. Before Lamictal I was having massive bouts of crying that lasted for 5-10-30+ minutes of complete and utter despair that felt like the end of the world. After the bout of crying was over, my life resumed as if it was just part of my day, which it was and I was used to it but others seemed bothered. Walking quickly out of a grocery store or like places isn't fun when some random and still unknown thing triggers a reaction. Since being on the right dose of Lamictal for me I stopped having these episodes happen daily 2-5 times a day. They still happen sometimes but it is rare and usually I just chalk it up to a breakthrough moment. Concerning issues about my mood stablizer experience: For a long long time I felt the need to let out the emotions that had built up inside of me that suddenly had tremendous difficulty coming out. It was very difficult to deal with for quite awhile and led to some target behaviors. I've since studied DBT and graduated a very good DBT program after 8 months. After 3 months of DBT I have done any of my target behaviors and have really learned to effectively deal with serious issues and symptoms by using skills or reaching out for help or a number of various ways. Like all psych meds, they all work differently for everyone. What works for me may never work for you and vice versa. I have written and posted an open invitation for any help I can be to whoever wants some from me. It is still under review and has yet to be officially posted. The offer is still good though. I have a lot of experience under my belt and can help. Let me know if I can clarify anything or help further. Thanks, Michael
Sorry, I think I put this as a comment and not a response, rookie mistake!
I have Narcolepsy (tired all the time) and Catalplexy ( emotions triger REM paralysis and you are awake yet cant move a leg, arm or whole body), and had been on Prozac and Adderall for nearly 13 years, a new dr called me an addict and swore I would never have Adderall again. Needing to drive, I basically 'lost it' at the idea of no license and 200 mi from a mall. A legal 2000 locked me in a 'suicide watch' in a distant town for 3 days and turned my loose in a strange town w my car 60 mi away and home another 100 mi to go.
I rented a car and drove to my car, rented a room since the car rental co was closed and finally got home... just because I scratched my arms and lost my temper..
The saving grace of finding a psychiatrist and counseling was worth a bit of misery but not 3 days!!
I went off the Prozac cold turkey and the Adderall as well. Had no idea of what I was doing! Then a full month of depression. worse than I could have imagined occurred.
Now I am on Celexa and Risperdol and tryiing to get the dose adjusted, The anger (at myself) seldom flares and now I am trying to get over the ZZZZ tiredness.
I'm glad I found this website and want to thank Bionic Mike for so much helpful info. Its nice to know I'm not the only one that has 'crazy' crying jags and hissy anger fits.
So far, of the mood stabilisers I've tried, lithium had the worst side effects, but was most helpful with mood (I'm also bipolar, though), Lamictal was great, Seroquel was great but expensive, as well as Geodon, Zyprexa, and Abilify, Depakote and Depakene sucked, Tegretol did NOTHING, Risperdal did little (it's an old-school antipsychotic, actually), and Trileptal, a newer version of Tegretol (anticonvulsant class), has been THE BEST by leaps and bounds. You may have already found something, though, just thought I'd mention my experience as a BPII & BPD combination.
Hi I have been on lamictal in the past & the only thing I can say is I don't recommend it. While I was building up on it it threw me into a seziure but everyone is different. I liked Abilify when I was on it. I tried to get back on it but my insurance won't cover it so I am taking seroquel 50mg twice daily. My pharamist told that the lamictal & pain meds I was on is what caused the seziure but now that I have had a seziure my treashhold for another one on any medication like lamictal is higher than normal. I don't know if u take any pain meds but if u do I would talk to ur doc before starting any med like lamictal. After that happened I promised myself to inform other people of the potental of bad side effects of lamictal because I was never informed of this & I had the seziure in front of my son which at the time was 8 yrs old. It was very hard on him to see me like that. Please talk with ur doc before taking it.
I have BPD and take Lamictal 200mg per day. It's been a godsend. Mood swings had dramatically recinded. No side effects. I hope it ends up being right for you. Good luck.
I was on lamictal for almost two weeks when I decided to go up a little to 50 mg. Bad idea! My BPD attacks became every other day, I had random explosions of tears, my blood pressure shot through the roof. My depression came back full force and I went off the drug altogether. It drained me and gave me constant headaches even at the low dosage.
- Lamictal Information for Consumers
- Lamictal Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lamictal (detailed)
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