It is so difficult to get to see a Psychiatrist that I have resorted to making my own med adjustments. My latest adjustment was to add another 200mg of Lamictal to my regimen. I am now taking a total of 600mg a day. My depression and anxiety has been reduced and I am feeling better. i am aware of the side effects and so far I haven't experienced any. Any thoughts?
Hi, i'm sorry you're having problems getting a drs appt. I really worry about people self medicating. I would advise you against this, but if you are determined then there are qualified doctors online that can give you advice about your meds and your condition. The following is a good site; http://www.justanswer.com Also, if you live within the united kingdom this address is great; http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/
Please seek advice from a professional.
200 mg is typically enough for maintenance for someone with bipolar, and 600 is typically the maximum. Rapidly increasing the amount you take is extremely dangerous. If you aren't seeing a psychiatrist, where are you getting this prescription from? The best way to see a psychiatrist is to get a referral from a general doctor, and with that you can probably get an appointment quickly. Lamictal has helped me more than any medication I've been on, but only in certain combinations with other drugs, and while a doctor has supervised the dosages. There have been times when I've missed a dose, and the physical and mental pain are unbearable. I would never tinker with this or any drug without my doctor's guidance.
You posted this a few months ago; I hope you've found a psychiatrist and are doing well. I know it's really difficult to find a psychiatrist, let alone a good one, and it always takes time to find the right combination of drugs. I hope you're doing better.
- Lamictal Information for Consumers
- Lamictal Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lamictal (detailed)
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