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User Reviews for Lamictal to treat Bipolar Disorder

Lamictal has an average rating of 8.2 out of 10 from a total of 541 ratings for the treatment of Bipolar Disorder. 79% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 12% reported a negative effect.

Lamictal Rating Summary

8.2/10 average rating

541 ratings from 564 user reviews.

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Reviews for Lamictal

Kay · Taken for less than 1 month December 29, 2020

“I've tried almost all meds for depression/bipolar but no success. I started Lamictal 25mg about 4 weeks ago and I'm currently on 50mg per day. It has really lifted my depression. It's the best medication I have ever taken for bipolar. I have more energy, less irritable, less appetite and increased sexual desire. However, it has some side effects (insomnia, nausea, mild constipation and pains on my sides) which are all gradually fading away. I also take 40 mg Prozac per day. Lamictal is a wonder drug. I haven't reached the therapeutic level. I'm titrating slowly. I felt a great need to do this review to help others because other people reviews have helped me in the past. Good Luck and God bless.”

8 / 10
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Jewls86 · Taken for 1 to 2 years August 25, 2020

“I have been on this drug Lamictal total time of 14 months. I've been able to drop my Bipolar meds down from 4 different kinds to just lamictal only for four months now. My experience is one for the books. Diagnosed with bipolar I had tried so many different kinds of medications. My medicine cabinet looked like a freaking pharmacy. Now I am down to one drug a day! That drug is lamictal!!!! Literally my saving grace. All the psychiatrist I saw. All the different medication combinations I had tried only scratched the surface. My newest psychiatrist suggested this drug. I was skeptical because none of the other Drs I saw suggested it and I didn't know it existed. This drug is a miracle.... It has changed how I live. How I care for my kids. How I see the world. The best part is I'm me again.”

9 / 10
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rd · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 5, 2021

“Male, 33 years old. I've been on Lamictal for 4 months after diagnosed with cyclothymia. Started with 50 mg, now 100 mg once a day. Mood swings all my life, often irritable, easily became angry. Spent $$, got into debts massively, never worked at one place for more than a few months. Lucky to find the right psychiatrist who put me on Lamictal. In my country (Russia) not many docs are familiar with bipolar spectrum disorders treatment and even less prescribe Lamictal. After taking the first 50 mg everything changed immediately. I became calmer, more stable, feel much more comfortable in public places and in communication with people, more confident, more present, more relaxed. Before I had a feeling that everyone around is constantly looking at me and even judging, couldn't talk by phone if someone is near me. Although my highs are still a bit too high, my lows are 80 % better. Surely, I'm going to continue taking Lamictal.”

10 / 10
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Maddayy · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 15, 2019

“I had been empty, depressed doesn’t justify the way I was living my life. No matter how hard I tried, what medication I took. I couldn’t “mom”, House a MESS, relationships failing, Job on the line, alcohol being my go to. I started lamictal about 2 months ago and haven’t had one day where I felt like I couldn’t make it through. I got a promotion, my laundry is done at all times, dishes washed, cooking dinner on the regular, I can get out of bed on Sundays which was a routine for years. Lamictal was my miracle for bipolar depression. Easy to say without it, I don’t know if I would be here. Now I WANT to be here, I want to succeed, self develop. Started reading self help books, listening to motivational podcasts. If you feel like there is nothing that will help you I highly recommend taking a chance on lamictal. After all, when you have bipolar depression, what do you really have to lose?? DO IT.”

10 / 10
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Mentally well❤️ · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 26, 2020

“I’ve taken this drug Lamictal for about 7 weeks now and guess what? My life has turned so positive! I am a way happier and stable human. I no longer lash out or get mad over any little thing that would trigger a manic stage. I’ve been able to deal with stress without freaking out, literally can't believe it! I highly recommend this to anyone with bipolar!!!! Good luck and God bless”

10 / 10
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CJ September 25, 2020

“I was put on lamictal for Borderline Personality Disorder/PTSD/Anxiety/Major Depressive. The only noticeable side effects for me were slight irritability and becoming more easily frustrated than usual in the beginning, along with drowsiness after taking the nightly dose. I can honestly say that after working out the kinks, this medication has changed my life. I have more energy, I sleep better, and I am able to let go of less than ideal situations instead of being consumed by them. I no longer default to self harm and suicidal ideation, and my thoughts are much less hyperbolic and more aware/rooted in reality. I cannot remember the last time I was this stable and happy. I have not experienced any rashes or physical changes other than my appetite slightly decreasing and losing a bit of weight. 150mg is definitely the sweet spot for me and I do not intend to increase my dose at this time. I would highly recommend this medication, especially if you are like me and have exhausted every other option.”

10 / 10
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Iz · Taken for 1 to 2 years March 10, 2020

“Lamictal has completely changed my life. I take it in conjunction with a low dose of abilify, and the combination has kept me from having manic/depressive for about a year straight now, something I never thought possible. At first I was just on abilify— a pretty high dose— and while it kept me free from hypomania, it didn’t really do much for the depression. Lamictal, on the other hand, has worked wonders in that respect. Very little side effects— I wake up nauseous but it fades after about an hour, and it’s definitely worth it. Other than that, no weight gain, and I believe it may have actually increased my previously nonexistent sex drive. The best part of lamictal is that I don’t feel flat or subdued. I’m still having the normal ups and downs of life, but for the first time, I feel pretty confident that they’re not bipolar related. It’s really been a miracle drug for me.”

10 / 10
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Suzy Q · Taken for less than 1 month January 12, 2020

“Ok, so I've been on several different antidepressants and antipsychotics to no avail. When my Doctor suggested lamictal I thought ok, here we go again..... well I just want to say I've been on 25mg for 2 weeks and just upped the dose to 50mg 2 days ago. I honestly feel so much better. She said it could take weeks, but it literally took about 5 days to notice a difference. My racing thoughts and deep depression are getting better daily. It's such a relief. I finally have some hope. I don't want to die every second of the day. The only other Medication I take is Ativan as needed. Don't give up! I can't believe this is actually working!!!”

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Catlady · Taken for 10 years or more August 24, 2020

“Have successfully managed my bi polar since 1999 with Lamictal. On 400 mg/day for last 10 years. The only issues sometimes get dizzy on step ladder (I avoid) blurry vision late night, a little flat, increased sex drive. I went undiagnosed for 35 years. This drug has saved my life! I’ll take a little flat over crying for days at a time or 5 days straight, no sleep, cooking and repainting and redecorating 3 rooms in the house. In those 5 days. That including DIY furniture and window treatments and yes, spending $ I didn’t have! I have several businesses, cash in bank, bills paid, fairly reg sleep. Lamictal saved my life after my divorce 21 yrs ago.”

10 / 10
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Sarah · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 10, 2019

“I've struggled undiagnosed with Bipolar2 for years- many times having it labeled and treated as depression (Prozac, Wellbutrin, etc, all of which helped the depression but made me manic). The one time I was told it could be bipolar 2 at age 25, the diagnosis scared me (the idea of being on medication for the rest of my life did too) so I decided to go off of all meds and "handle it on my own" 7 years later, after multiple tumultuous relationships, tons of $ spent shopping, and some extreme bouts of both depression and hypomania I finally started on this medication Lamictal. I have been on it for about 6 weeks and am up to 100mg and I finally know what "normal" feels like.. and it's not racing thoughts 24/7 or snapping on loved ones at the drop of a hat. Almost no side effects. ”

9 / 10
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Kalia May 12, 2021

“I start taking lamotrigine 2 month ago, this drug is a life changing ! I had mood swing all the time, they went 10 (from scale 1-10) to only 1. My brain was speeding and thoughts were running and now I have clear brain - no crazy thoughts. Zero sides effects ...only first week of taking I was more thirsty than usual. That’s it. I can call it magic peel! Highly recomended.”

10 / 10
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JJ December 22, 2019

“I've struggled with bipolar ii since I was a teenager, unfortunately it was misdiagnosed as depression until I was in my 60's. As you can imagine I've been prescribed everything available beginning first with what were called "tricyclics" which were medications like Mellaril (thioridazine) Elavil (amitriptyline) to the SSRI's such as Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro Celexa and several others. I took other types of medications for depression or anxiety too many to mention all with varying and limited levels of success some were helpful for a time others not at all that was until I was diagnosed bipolar ii and prescribed lamictal. This medication along with psychotherapy has had a profound effect on my life I have to say I've never felt better”

10 / 10
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Lynny March 4, 2021

“Since taking lamictal 100 mg daily, I seem to be sharper, can multi-task again and my energy level is very steady. Emotional pain and distractability are much more controlled. I feel like myself again. I HOPE IT LASTS”

9 / 10
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Angel · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 18, 2020

“When I started taking it I had the worst side effects (dizziness, diarrhea, blured vision, nausea). Some days, I couldn't go to class. I started with 25mg and went all the way to 150mg. But it is really working. I've been taking it for 4 months and I never been this stable in my life. I feel good, better than ever. I underestimated the illness, but medication is the key. Therapy helps a lot too.”

10 / 10
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WarCat83 · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 7, 2021

“I have Bipolar Disorder type 2 and when the Pandemic hit my moods became completely unmanageable, especially my anxiety. I had not been on medication for about 4 years which if you have Bipolar disorder can be very dangerous territory. The racing thoughts, the angry outbursts, the never ending panic attacks, crying outbursts, the mania...it was awful. I ended up having to be hospitalized. I am not someone who is good at taking medicine, I castrophize and make my self suffer unnecessarily. I finally gave in while at the hospital and started Lamictal 25mg twice daily and I'm thankful I did. Within the first 2 days my panic attacks eased, my racing thoughts quieted and I wasn't crying so much. It does make me tired and gave me headaches for about a week, but both are manageable and have lessened. I have had only 1 panic attack since starting Lamictal and it was much less severe than without. This medication works for me.”

8 / 10
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Pickle · Taken for less than 1 month December 13, 2019

“I am an extremely sensitive person and my depression is easily triggered. I have BPD, PTSD, MDD, and ADD(inattentive). I do not have Bipolar Disorder, but this medication has helped me tremendously with mood swings. I used to have a mental breakdown almost every day from intrusive thoughts. I am feeling much better now. I am taking a low dose of only 25 mg. I request to start on the lowest dose possible of any medication and work my way up. I notice a lot of people are leaving negative reviews because of side effects. I have had no negative side effects and I do not plan to increase my dosage. Remember that the higher the dose you take of any medication, the greater the risk is for side effects. I would recommend giving this medication a chance!”

10 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 6, 2021

“I’ve been on Lamictal for about 5 months. Before getting on Lamictal, I was at my lowest I’ve ever been mentally. I was barely sleeping, had nasty angry outbursts on a near daily basis, and had suicidal thoughts. It took about 2 months to start seeing a difference but I’m so thankful that I’m on this medication. It changed my life, I feel like myself again. I still get those angry outbursts sometimes but they aren’t as bad. I also haven’t had a suicidal thought since getting on it.”

9 / 10
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Anonymous October 2, 2019

“My whole life I was depressed. I started using drugs at age 16. Which led to a 17 year battle with depression and addiction. It was like no matter where I was my mind would tell me I didn't belong. I've been taking this medicine for a year and a half. It is NOT a coincidence I got sober and haven't picked up a drug since. Its not a coincidence I'm a mom again, a friend and a daughter. This medicine allowed me to breath and swing with the flow of life optimistically. Its mild so its perfect. This medicine saved my life. Literally.”

10 / 10
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George · Taken for 2 to 5 years August 22, 2019

“After struggling off and on with depression this medication Lamictal literally saved my life. I bounced from antidepressant to antidepressants praying something would work but nothing did. I had everything in my life so it was so frustrating. It felt like my soul had been sucked out of me. I no longer wanted to live. This disease cost me a marriage a son and a job. Life is so good now. I owe my life literally to Lamitcal. Please don't ever give up!!!!”

10 / 10
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Bp2girl · Taken for 5 to 10 years December 12, 2020

“Lamictal has singularly saved my life. I have BP 2 with rapid cycling with my dominant problem as depression. I would have hypo episodes but fewer than depressive episodes. First week on Lamictal I had a bit of a dull headache but that is it. Within a week the heaviness of depression was lifting. Now 10 years later I have zero headaches from it and zero side effects. Maybe I am a little less empathetic but I love this med. I have zero depression with maybe 1-2 brief episodes of depression per year. It never lasts and when one starts I may cry and feel really down but I feel it kick in and stop the endless spiral. I love this med.”

10 / 10
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Peachy · Taken for 6 months to 1 year February 18, 2020

“My highs aren't as high, my lows aren't as low, and for the first time in my life I actually have the motivation to accomplish things. Really the only way I can tell if I am manic or depressed is by the amount of sleep I can get. I am so grateful for this drug. I'm on 200mg once a day, with very few side effects. I have wacky dreams and dry mouth, but that's about it-- I've just gotten accustomed to drinking more water, lol.”

10 / 10
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Taylor T · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 17, 2019

“Lamictal changed my life ! I’ve tried many bipolar meds as a teen - trileptal, seroquel , trazadone etc ... none worked and I developed terrible acne and side effects. So I went off bipolar meds and took only Zoloft for almost 10 years . Fast forward - one day I realized I couldn’t get out of bed and needed help. I was insistent on trying a medication that wouldn’t make me gain weight so I read a lot of reviews on here and decided to try Lamictal. It absolutely changed my life - the ONLY bipolar medication that has worked for me. It is like night and day - looking back at my precious behavior is baffling to me now. Now no blow ups, I can function normally, no weight gain. I noticed a difference literally the day of taking it (I’m very sensitive to medicine and in tune with my body ). Again - this medication changed my life . Thank you Lamictal !!”

10 / 10
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A-nonny-mouse · Taken for 2 to 5 years October 13, 2019

“If you have Bipolar Disorder type II, please learn as much as you can about this condition from professional, reputable sources so you can make informed decisions about treatment and management options. This is a treatable, manageable illness, take hope in that. After 20+ years struggling to "cure" myself "naturally" & being miserable, dangerously depressed & dysfunctional, I finally decided to try psych medication. I found a doctor who SPECIALISES in this disorder and is up to date with the latest research findings in this specific condition. If you don't like your current GP or Psych's attitude, find someone else! I started a combo of Lamictal (AM & PM) & Seroquel (Only PM - makes you drowsy). I kept a daily mood diary & it took 3 months for my mood to fully stabilise. To help the bipolar depression, we added bupropion & N-Acetyl Cysteine, a supplement (all based on clinical research!). For 5 years now, I’ve had my life back. Deciding to take this medication saved my life.”

10 / 10
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kuno78 · Taken for 6 months to 1 year June 4, 2020

“I did quite well on lamictal for my Bipolar on 150mg. Upon reaching 200mg, I had unbearable anxiety, constant panic attacks, headaches, horrible nausea, and vomiting. I would recommend easing up gradually and staying at a lower dose if possible.”

7 / 10
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warrencarp · Taken for 2 to 5 years October 23, 2014

“I am 52 year old male and Lamictal was a God send. I was in a bad way for a few years until a new doctor said, "We can fix this" and prescribed Lamictal. Within a week, I was back. I was able to get on top of and manage my depression, anxiety and anger. It was so great to be the person I wanted to be instead of the angry mess I had become. That may sound overly dramatic, but it's true and may speak to some of you.”

10 / 10
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