About to start on lamotrigine for my Bipolar Disorder (I had previously been on Depakote however I gained dangerous levels of weight). Lamotrigine's obviously preventative re: depressive episodes and my psychiatrist advised it's not that effective in treating depression, if/when I get it (even while on lamotrigine). So wondered what the community thought, (or had experienced), to be a good antidepressant to be on alongside lamotrigine?
I've been taking lamotrigine prescribed by my psychiatrist to help prevent my Bipolar ll depressive episodes for many, many years and it's been a game changer.
As far as antidepressants the best one to take is the one that works best for you and that may take some trial and error. There are many options from SSRI's (Lexapro, Celexa, Zoloft, Prozac, Paxil, Trintellix, Viibryd, etc.) to the SNRI's (Effexor, Cymbalta, and Pristiq for example). For some people the older TCA's like Elavil work well.
Personally, I took Lexapro and, later, Effexor with very good results. I tried others along the way but those two were the most effective for me. Everyone responds differently to these medications so what works for one person may not be as effective for someone else.
Best regards and best of luck with your meds!
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