I'm taking 20mg lexapro and recently my doctor added lamotrigine. Its been about a month and I'm starting to feel more depressed than i have in a while. She prescribed it because i was having very intense anxiety.
I felt good when I was on lamotrigine. Usually it helps with lexapro. Remember that this time of year people who suffer depression tend to get more depressed. If it continues I would let my dr know. Truthfully I don't know what it would do for anxiety, that wasn't a problem for me.
Hi, Wendi! It would be best for you to speak with your doctor because lamotrigine can cause worsening depression, but it's more likely to be caused by some outside factor.
Lamotrigine is a mood-stabilizer, not an anxiolytic. Your doctor might want to look at the Lexapro because it's one of the antidepressants that's also prescribed when anxiety is an issue.
Good luck and best wishes, WCV
I was on 30mg Lexapro and had complaints (still go through times when I am always tired, sleep way too much... Also a lack of interest in doing anything "fun").
My doc dropped me to 20mg Lexapro and added in a step up to 75mg Lamictal over the next three weeks.
I am stopping it today, day 2. I slept for 11 hours last night. I don't feel depressed but I do feel like I took a sleeping pill (groggy, body super relaxed, so comfortable I didn't want to get out of bed, etc.). This is a problem for me. I consider myself an alcoholic and haven't had a drink in 5 years. I also am very careful taking any meds that cause an unnatural feeling, such as those I described above.
I don't believe this med is for me. I will bring it back up to my doc when I see her in 5 weeks and see if she has different advice. I really trust her judgement and have experimented with many melds over the past 7 years to find the ones for me (Lexapro and Adderal). Now I am just working with her to "fine tune".
I too had a bunch of anxiety. We cut out alcohol, upped my Lexapro to 30mg, reduced my Adderal to 15mg XR, switched from coffee to tea mostly and learned some calming techniques on my own. My anxiety is way down (very manageable, what I expect a "normal" person experiences).
The coffee to tea switch helped a boat load in my mind actually. I didn't realize caffeine naturally causes anxiety (that's what keeps us awake). Tea has a chemical naturally found in the leaves that helps counteract anxiety. I can't (won't) live without caffeine, so tea is an acceptable alternative to me. Now, whenever I drink coffee, a few cokes, a double americano, etc. I really notice how it ups my anxiety level. Sometimes, it even creates anxiety out of nowhere.
I try not to give advice, just share my experiences (I am not a doctor). Hopefully I was of some help. Talk with your doc about what you are experiencing. Something that works for others may not work for you, and vice versa. I actually searched out a doc in my area that specializes in medication management and interactions. She was voted the best psychiatrist for that. She is not a therapist or even the best people person, but she knows meds. And I want to find the right ones for me.
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