Hi everyone, first time poster, long time reader. I was wondering if anyone is taking both effexor & lamictal? Both have been Godsends for me, but for quite awhile the happy medium seemed to be 75mg of effexor twice a day, & 150mg of lamictal once a day. About a month ago, my dr upped it to 150 effexor slow release once a day, & 200mg of lamictal a day, simply because I had a few 'down' days here & there (though I honestly don't feel like they were that bad, just a quick funk). I've been trying to give it some time, but even with 8 hours of sleep in me I am DRAGGING. I feel foggy, draggy, & I feel like both my kids & my job are suffering, because I keep putting everything off for later since I'm so exhausted & foggy, waiting till I feel less sleepy, but that day is not coming, no matter what I do. The thing is, I wonder WHICH drug it is, since unfortunately, I hadn't thought ahead & switched them both at the same time. Technically, the Effexor is the same dosage, just slow release. Any thoughts?
Hi, Aeris! Unfortunately both medications list unusual tiredness or weakness as *Rare* (Lamictal) and *Incidence not Known* (Effexor).
I would report this to your doctor because although a dosage increase could cause a temporary side effect I wouldn't think it should be going on a month or so later. Perhaps you could go back to your original dose and see how you do?
Best regards, Wildcat
AerisG99; FROM WHAT YOU ARE SAYING, AND IT'S GREAT THAT THE EFFEXOR IS UP TO AT LEAST THE NORMAL DOSE I THINK I WOULD STAY THERE AND ASK THE DOCTOR IF IT CONTINUES TO LEAVE YOU IN A FOG I HAVE HEARD OF PEOPLE HAVING MORE PROBLEMS WITH THE LAMACTIL AND IF THE DOCTOR SAYS IT'S OKAY SEE IF THE LAMACTIL CAN BE DROPPED BUT IF YOU CAN TRY AND WAIT UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN ON BOTH FOR 6 WEEKS WHICH IS ABOUT THE TIME IT REACHES ITS PEAK AND MAYBE THESE PROBLEMS YOUR HAVING WELL BE GONE I HAVE SEEN THIS WITH MANY PEOPLE HOPE ALL GETS BETTER FOR YOU but ANY PROBLEMS CALL THE DOCTOR. HOPE THIS ALL MAKES SENCE I AM HAVING THE CHEMO BRAIN KICK IN SO HAVE TO TAKE A BREAK. PLEASE KEEP US POSTED. CHUCK1957
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