Hi, I have bipolar and suffer with horrendous anxiety attacks... My psychiatrist recently prescribed Lamictal for my Bipolar but said it has helped many people with anxiety. One reason being that the neurotransmitters that trigger the anxiety can be treated similarly to the ones that trigger epileptic fits... (Lamictal being an anti epileptic) The other reason she says the Lamictal can help is by improving general mood which can relieve anxiety as well... Similar to some anti-Depressants...
My question is this : Has anybody had success against anxiety with Lamictal? I don't mean with numerous benzo's as well... ( However I do take Diazepam for my anxiety but my dosage is increasing as my attacks seem to overpower the effectiveness of the Diazepam) If Lamictal has helped with really bad anxiety attacks or reduced their severity or helped reduced your Benzo intake, I'd love to hear some positive feedback...
I was put on lamictal, and it was the best med I have ever been on, which is very many, I ended up with a small rash so now I'm refused to be put on it again, I regret not ignoring the rash to see if it was something else, I have been put on a lot since, with not so much luck, lamictal was what I needed and now can't have. So just to let you know my experience, give it a chance, if you react the way I did it will work wonders. My doc has me on seroquel xr I stopped it 5 days ago now, couldn't handle what it did to my mind, but can say I didn't need to take any of my 6 mg of Xanax while on it for anxiety, seroquel take away all anxiety , down side in my experience, it also took away everything else normal in my mind. Good luck. Wish you well.
3 Sep 2012
I think it has helped me. I was on Klonopin for many years, the doc took me off of it 6 months ago. I think the Lamictal has helped. I have been on Lamictal for many years. I am thankful to have a decent mood stabilizer
2 Oct 2012
I have been taking Lamictal XR for bi polar disease for a year. I did not think that my anxiety level had dropped in that years time. I recently dropped to the generic and dropped the MG. My anxiety level has sky rocketed. I'm assuming it is the Lamictal that has kept me less stressed.
10 Jul 2013
Lamictal has helped to give me back my life!! I suffered with anxiety for years then moved to NYC and my anxiety swelled to agoraphobia.
I tried a myriad of drugs with varying results. Paxil helped but only for awhile. Depakote helped moderately at hi doses with side effects. Ativan helps but is a quick fix. Lamictal has all but cured my anxiety!
I used to get panic attacks going to the corner store, riding the subway, sitting in a crowded theatre. Now I take 2 lamictal before bed and live my life without panic :)
11 Jul 2013
Anxiety all my life. small amount of occasional depression. Tried just about every drug / drug combination Finally found Lamictal and it's been amazing. Almost all of my anxiety is gone. used to have anxiety just ordering food from a waiter. I'm still not the most social person but my anxiety's way down. So glad I found it. On top of that I haven't experienced any major side effects. The only side effect I can think of is that my appetite is gone, sometimes I'll just forget to eat for a long period of time until I get light headed and remember. I take 2, 200mg pills during the day. No cocktail, just Lamictal. I understand that people have different reactions to drugs. I see that with some people it boosts anxiety or doesn't work all together. speaking only of my experience I have to say it's the best thing I've ever taken by a large margin.
31 Jan 2014
Hi im on a high dose of diazepam (85ml) and have been for yrs as I hav chronic anxiety and daily panic attacks also on prozac20ml and mirtazapine45ml. Im also finding my anxiety is increasing and the diazepam is no longer helpin but my doctor is reluctant to increase it infact they have already reduced it from 120ml! I have just found out I have bipolar but am unsure what medication I need or what the process is. My doctor isnt brilliant so am anxious and reluctant about seeing him. I have been told by the psychiatrist that lamictal along with seraqoul has a high sucess rate with helping anxiety and hypomania/depression. I realy hope it works for you good luck :)... im unsure if I would be prescribed either of these tho with the meds im on.iv had anxiety and depression all my life with constant ups and downs not noing I had bipolar its all new to me so any advice or guidance would be greatly appreciated :)
2 Feb 2014
I was on Lamictal and I had severe anxiety on it when I reach the therapeutic level of 200 mg in divided doses. I couldn't stand the really bad anxiety on it so I had to stop it and I went on Divaplorex (1000 mg) in divided doses and its made a would of difference for me, I feel really calm for the first time in a long time.
I hope that was helpful :)
17 Dec 2014
I was recently prescribed lamictal for anxiety/mood stabilizer for bipolar. Other than occasional muscle stiffness at first, I'm on therapeutic dosage of 200mg broken into 100mg twice daily. Anxiety/fear has completely subsided as well as leveled out between irritable mania and decompensation depression episode. After being on Klonopin for 20yrs, I have to say this has been a great change. Just have to find right combination/dosage for individual.
1 Jan 2017
Hello, I have had severe anxiety, panic for 20yrs. I have been in and out of hospital many times with this and have tried every medication and no luck with anything but valium. I was last put on Pristiq 100mg a day and just put up with the side effects (didn't help with Anxiety) so added mirtazapine 5mg at night which helps me sleep ( have gained a lot of weight on mirtazapine but helping me so I just put up with that as well), not happily tho :). Still couldn't leave the house or my room as anxiety was so bad, ended up back in hospital once again. With no more options my doctor put me on Lamictal, she didn't tell me anything about the medication Lamictal and I knew nothing about it, to be honest I thought "here we go again" but I took it 50mg morning and 50mg nightly.
Well after 3 days taking it my anxiety was gone, I felt "normal", able to cope well, I felt weird because I haven't lived without anxiety attacks for many years and forgot whats it feels like living without them. Wow I would have never been able to talk about this before I starting taking Lamictal, I've been like this now for nearly a year and I keep touching wood because I can't believe it :). I have had no side effects from Lamictal, to be honest I don't look up the side effects from drugs anymore, it either works or it doesn't. I also still take the pristiq and 1/2 mirtazapine at night. While i'm doing so well, I don't want to change anything i'm taking. Maybe the lamictal works well for me with my other meds, I don't know but I am not changing a thing :). I am sorry for my rambling I have 5 mins to write this :) All I can say is don't give up, fight it as you deserve to live your life the way you want to. Oh I am not taking any benzo's but have them with me for security :) xxxx Sherry
13 Mar 2017
Been doing well on lamictal for 17 years until it was just upped to 500. I have epilepsy and when anxious, I can have seizures. Used to be on phenobarbitol and dilantin which is not prescribed anymore. I did get that infamous lamictal rash, which does occur on hands mostly, originally diagnosed as poison ivy, but later confirmed lamictal side effect, possibly fatal. My anxiety levels have gone up since increased dosage : biting nails, can't drive, wont go anywhere I am not familiar with, not leaving house unless I am with a trusted person. Going to neurologist to see what he can do.
28 Sep 2017
I've been on lamectal for several years. My doc put me on it for a mood stabilizer since I have PTSD & Anxiety. I'm on 200 mg a day along with cymbalta 60mg a day. My new psych doc said my lamectal doasage is too low. She wants to gradually up it to 300mg a day. Has anyone else here had better mood stabilization(less anxiety & anger) with higher doses?? Thanks onward52
9 Dec 2017
I have very bad anxiety. I also have attacks of fear. I also have a history of depression. I am currently on 200 Lamictal and .5 clonazepam. I am no longer on antidepressants because they only make me sleep which disrupts my ability to work and live normally. I have been on almost all of them. I have been on Lamictal for about 2 years at various doses. Although I believe it has helped keep depression at bay, I do not feel it has helped my anxiety. Also, I have developed a lot of anger and irritability. We increased my Lamictal up to 500mg but I didn't feel any benefit from it. We slowly deceased me down to 200 and I've been at this level for a year. Now I am wondering if the Lamictal is causing my irritability and anger.
At this point we are going to gradually take me off of the Lamictal to see if the anger and irritability go away. We are increasing the clonazepam for now to help with anxiety. The situation with the anxiety and fear along with irritability and anger is pretty bad right now, so I'm very confused about Lamictal as to whether it is helping me or making me worse.
9 Dec 2017
I am allergic to Lamictal. I started getting hives all over my body over a long course of treatment with the medication. Therefore, I didn't get hives right away. Now I have an emergency epipen prescription just in case if I get hives from anything else because of the severity of the allergic reaction.
31 Jan 2018
Lamictal has worked wonders for my anxiety. I just started with anxiety again so doctor increased my dosage. No help so far but it hasn't been a week yet and I know it takes time. This is just hard for me
11 Mar 2018
I've been on Lamictal for about 6 months now for major depression and anxiety. I haven't had any major attacks since I started taking it. I'm extremely happy with it. It's taken a long time to find something that works. The only drawback, which is hardly a drawback at all, is that it has caused a significantly increased sex drive. It's still worth it.