... me about your experience with it? I have been on 4 different antidepressants so this is my new drs idea... i have heard some not so good things about it and am wanting to get a general feel from real people taking the med or people who have taken the med. Thanks
I was just prescribed Lamictal for major depressive disorder. I'm not so sure about it. Can you tell
Question posted by yurpotay007 on 20 Sep 2012
Last updated on 3 November 2019
I have major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. I’m on multiple anti depressants (abilify, wellbutrin, effexor, etc) and I just wasn’t getting better. My doc suggested we try this med and I’ve only gotten worse. I am so depressed and I’m suffering major memory loss from this drug. I called my doc and she is taking me off it - it’s been awful. I don’t wish this upon anyone!
Hi, I was diagnosed with mild depression and prescribed Lamictal.
I'm 31 years old and I've been taking lamictal for almost 3 months now. Currently on 50mg, started on 25mg. I'm sensitive to medicine so I told my doc I was worried about side effects and he assured me the side effects were very mild. I experienced absolutely NO side effects at all.
That being said I've had a good experience with Lamictal, despite being on such a low dose I did notice within a couple weeks that my mood had stabilized a lot ( before taking lamictal I was in a terrible mood almost daily, I felt like I couldn't even be myself). Another very noticeable change was that I woke up feeling a lot more refreshed in the morning ( I used to wake up tired and I would have no energy all day). Also found that my quality of sleep had improved slightly.
Hope this helps.
I don't recommend it I take it I it makes me super depressed and it makes it worst for me and I have took it for a while but my symptoms get worse it makes me very depressed I didn't take ithe for a week or so and I felt way better
I suffer from major depression and generlized anxiety, i have tried 4 different types of anti-depressants, some had immediate results but they all bottomed out after a few months. I started on Lamictal and risperidone about 2 months ago plus clanozapam for anxiety. I am now on 100 mg lamictal and have my next follow up on the 7th. The first month was great, i felt like i had more energy and the clanazopan made me very calm and no longer anxious over simple things. But when it came time for my first follow up my doctor is still seeing if i am bi-polar since i still think i haven't experienced a manic episode. It is now the end of the second month and I have days where i feel like i am back where i started, some days im very happy and some days i go from 100 to 0 in a matter of minutes. very dark thoughts and then i have days where i cant leave the house and i cry for no reason, i throw temper tantrums like a two year old like im not in control.
I hope this medicine works for you because im not sure if my doctor will continue when i come back for my follow up.
It is actually frequently used as an antidepressant with good success in people who cant take seretonin medications or other antidepressants. I just started on it and I am looking so forward to success. I have been on many antidepressant over the years. they all eventually poop out and I have become more emotionally reactive and depressed at this stage in my life afe 60). Im hoping this is my answer. 4 days so far. Did any body else feel a little sleepy on it at first?
Hi, and hope all is as well as can be. I almost always say on here that people are different, and have different experiences with drugs. I, too have taken many antidepressant's and haven't had much success with them. It's strange what people hear. You said you heard bad things about it, and I have only heard good things about it. I was going through some pretty big struggle's, ( still are. lol.) and my mood was all over the place. I was either real happy for a while, then bawling my head off. I litteraly felt like two different people, and my husband, bless his heart, has no clue about depression, or mental illness. There was some not so good times, because of that. It was very frusterating for him. Finally, my psychiatrist said... Why don't we try Lamictal. He started me on 25mg and slowly titrated me up to 250mg. In two weeks I will go to 300mg. and stop there.
I cannot express how this medication worked for me. It completely levelled me out, and oh, I'm telling you, everybody noticed it. I stopped crying all say long, and calling my husband at work 50 times a day. This is just me talking, but I would definately give it a try. They start you out on a slow dose, they did me, and slowly titrated me up. I'll be honest, the first couple of weeks I couldn't tell much, but when he upped the dose, I could tell a difference for sure. I hope you at least try it, and I hope you have great success with it. I know how it is to be leary though. I went to the doctor this week, because of something devestating going on in my life, and told the doctor I was having severe headaches. I just took the script and trusted him. Oh my gosh. He started me out on the highest dose, and talk about mellow. i was too mellow. I had a doctor's appointment today, and I seriously almost wrecked three or four times. I'm like what the heck is this stuff? I went online and checked it out and read some reviews. My 18 yr. old thought I was high when I got home. I took the medicine and got rid of it completely. I couldn't believe he started me on this. But Lamictal is nothing like that. I hope you the best of luck, and may you feel better soon, hon. I'm here if you need to talk. You're Friend, Ruthie
I have been on 200 mg of Lamictal for about 3 yrs now for Bi-polar disorder. I like the lamictal because I have not had any bipolar episodes recently but I have gained 35 pounds, which I am determined to loose.
Hi. I've been taking Lamictal for over 5 years and it's worked wonders for me. If you want info from real people and not the internet, this is the place to find it. We have some friends on drugs.com that are just like us in that they have severe health problems, yet they dedicate their lives to helping us. We're so blessed to have them. So, your going to get some fantastic answers. If I can do anything to help, just holler! I am sure our other friends will help, also.
God bless you, yurpotay007,
I don't personally take this drug, but know several people that do, & it really helps them a lot. It sure can't hurt to give it a try, & it may be just the one for you. Hope you get to feeling better...
I took Lamictal (lamotrigine) for some time, it is an anti-epileptic med and mood stabilizer, not an antidepressant, I am saying it in a good way, not attacking you at all.
My experience was very succesful with this medication I suffer from BPD, and it did achieve its objective, it stabalized me. I found it to be very effective, but I have been taking meds for a long time, so my tolerance levels are very high, I reached a very high dose, and then the problems began, so along with the Dr. we decided to try other medications. But overall I would recommend lamictal.
I took Lamictal for years. It helped keep my mood level. I recommend you give it a try. I now take a different mood stabilizer, but not because I didn't like Lamictal, just that the doctor felt like I didn't need to be on it anymore.
I was on it and never felt so good. Now that I have insurance I plan to ask my doc for it back. As long as you start it the way its prescribed, you shouldn't have alot of trouble with it. I had no side effects at all.
- Lamictal uses and safety info
- Lamictal information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Lamictal (detailed)
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