User Reviews for Lamictal (Page 7)
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|Bipolar Disorder||311 reviews||33 medications|
|Seizure Prevention||37 reviews||32 medications|
|Summary of Lamictal reviews||355 reviews||8.3|
Reviews for Lamictal
For Bipolar Disorder "For bipolar and depression: although I believe its about 80% depression. I started with 100mg and eventually got to 200mg. Took about 2-3 solid months to have full effect, and had unbearable back pain the entire time, and could only take it in the morning. Sleep was impossible with night dose. Once it started working, I really did feel so much better. Back pain stopped. Still have daily spurts of 'I love everybody' mania but my lows sometimes last days, lately longer. Unfortunately, my depression symptoms have started coming back more frequently and when I tried adding a 200mg dose, I had mind blowing joint pain. The pain was indescribable. Has caused me to gain about 10-15 lbs in the past year. Also not the rash, but have weird spots on skin."
adriannem203 (taken for 1 to 2 years) September 24, 2013
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For Bipolar Disorder "I have very extreme rapid cycling bi-polar disorder, it had become much worse in the last 6 months and I had become extremely irritable. I had just about all of the side effects that came with this medicine but I knew it was helping me. I truly needed the treatment and for my children would see this through. After a month or two all of the horrible side effects were gone. This medicine was a miracle for me, saved me, and my marriage. It allowed me to step back and realize the problem in my life was me and I needed to change and this medication brought me back to my old self. I was in denial of how sick I had become until I took this medication and became normal again."
Miracle Drug (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 16, 2013
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For Seizure Prevention "I have been on Lamictal for 7 years and have not had any seizures. My seizures were caused by scar tissue from having a brain tumor removed. I started on Dilantin but the side effects were so bad I couldn't work so my neurologist started me on Lamictal. I didn't lose weight but I am frequently dizzy and definitely have cognitive and memory issues. I find I have to focus on tasks and don't multi-task effectively anymore. I wouldn't give this medicine up because it controls my seizures. I'm fortunate that my medical plan covers brand name but I have to pay more."
Anonymous (taken for 5 to 10 years) August 31, 2013
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For Bipolar Disorder "Because of weight issues, my doctor decided Lamictal was the only way to go because it wasn't supposed to cause weight gain. While they just upped my dosage to a therapeutic amount, I can say my friends noticed a difference at lower dosages. It really does make a difference and I'm hoping at the current dosage, I completely even out. I also take Paxil (my depression was severe when I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder) and Xanax. I do choose to take the Lamictal in the evenings because it makes me very groggy."
ANewBeginning (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 26, 2013
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For Bipolar Disorder "I am on the 3rd day on this medication. After just one pill, my mood became much better, but the downside is that it causes insomnia and when I fell a sleep finally, I have nightmares. The dry mouth bothers me the most, because it causes bad breath. Also, in the afternoon I get so tired, I have to sleep when I am not working and I sleep a lot, like 3-4 hours."
Barnika (taken for less than 1 month) August 19, 2013
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For Seizure Prevention "It will be 10 years in October that I've been taking Lamictal. I've been seizure FREE that long as well. I take 200mg at night and 200mg in the morning. I too experience memory loss and concentration. I feel as though my eyes don't move normally. Since my dosage was upped I find myself in slow motion. I also notice that I have a form of dyslexia. example: putting on my windshield wipers instead of my blinkers. another example is: when I'm speaking I might say into my sentence what I'm looking at. Talk about makes me feel stupid! I must add that I also take Zonagram which was causing me other side effects like depression and suicidal. After doctors lowered the Zonagram dose, depression and suicidal thoughts were gone but I gained weight."
Rae Rae August 16, 2013
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For Bipolar Disorder "I have been on Lamictal for approximately a month now for bipolar 1, slowly working up to what I am now at 100mg. I have noticed a dramatic drop in depression but hypo mania only slightly changed, I think it only feels like it has worsened because the depression isn't there to bring me back down, I still can't sleep at night, I still panic, feel the doom of anxiety, and racing thoughts among other things. I have had an incredibly increased libido, overall I can't believe how well its working in such a short time without the terrible side effects that other medications can give you. I'm a mom of 4, I have no time to be a zombie, confused, tired and slow, I look forward to seeing the next few months."
Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 16, 2013
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For Bipolar Disorder "Lamictal has been the most all round effective medication I have take and that is saying a lot for a patient of 40 years. What I mean by that is my system rejected all antidepressants and antipsychotics because of a side effect called Akathesia. I sustained on lithium and Klonopin alone for a long time. Back then doctors were scared to death of Lamictal because of the rash that few to none got when properly prescribed. I couldn't find one to prescribe so I got it from my family doctor. That was the best day of my life. I titrated the lithium while slowly adding the Lamictal with no problems. I have been taking 450mg a day ever since. I also noticed how badly 30 years of lithium had hurt me. I no longer knew myself."
The Blues Is A Healer August 7, 2013
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For Bipolar Disorder "I took lithium for bipolar for years. Lithium took the highs & lows out leaving me with no personality at all. My Doctor changed my medicine to Lamictal & I feel I'm back to whatever normal is."
GreenElbow (taken for 10 years or more) July 28, 2013
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For Bipolar Disorder "I didn't expect this to work when I used it to prevent mania. 225mg of venlafaxine (Effexor) caused mania. After being on low-dose Abilify and Seroquel to sleep for a few weeks, I was not really manic anymore (maybe hypo-, or had some manic symptoms- like usual, e.g. destructibility). Then I started lamotrigine, now on 100mg/day. I increased venlafaxine back to 225mg expecting to go manic, but instead I feel clear-headed. Friends have noticed I don't lose my train of thought often, and that I "seem more stable". I have been diagnosed Bipolar I, but am "more like a II," which I agree with. I also have Social Anxiety Disorder (and used to have the most severe depression imaginable). The Bipolar might be caused by S.P. Seizures."
Lacey577 July 13, 2013
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For Bipolar Disorder "Love this medication. I do not experience any side effects and do not feel like a zombie. I feel like a normal person, but can definitely tell this medicine works."
crews1713 (taken for 5 to 10 years) July 8, 2013
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For Bipolar Disorder "I started taking Lamictal 3 years ago. I have class 2 bipolar disorder. Before the Lamictal I have always had doctors (since I was 16, I'm now 27) tell me I was depressed. But with the Zoloft and Prozac I would go into extreme manic states and clean my floors for 6 hours, spend all my money on crap, cry uncontrollably or even get violent. I was like that already just worse on those medicines. Finally seeing another doctor trying to find help he put my on Lamictal. Small dose at first and now I'm on 400mg/day. I have gained weight 15 pounds and have been on a diet for a year and see a personal trainer. Absolutely cannot lose weight. I still have all of my same bipolar symptoms but they are not uncontrollable now. I am on lithium 200mg/day"
Bipolar 2 (taken for 2 to 5 years) June 17, 2013
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For Bipolar Disorder "I was diagnosed with Bipolar 2 seven years ago in College. I refused treatment, and my relationship with my husband started to deteriorate. I started Lamictal a year ago and have totally returned to my old self. I am happy, calm, rational and I found the motivation to lose fifty pounds. The only down fall is I kind of miss the ability to process information at a very rapid rate, but I gladly trade it for a great relationship with my husband and child."
Amandajoh4251 May 15, 2013
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For Bipolar Disorder "I was diagnosed with bipolar II when I was 18 years old. I have been on Lamictal for a year and a half now. Within a month of starting this medication I saw amazing results. I have experienced no depression and no hypomania whatsoever. After having bipolar II really run my life in my teen years and cause me to temporarily lose sight of myself, I feel like I have reconnected with who I truly am since starting this medication. I feel more myself than I have in so many years. I still feel things deeply hence unlike some antidepressants which numb you, per my own experience, Lamictal does not. If you truly have bipolar II, this is a wonderful medication. Much Love to you all on this tumultuous journey; stay strong and never lose hope."
Lea123 May 8, 2013
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For Bipolar Disorder "I've been on Prozac for 2 years for post traumatic stress disorder, in May 2012 I had gastric bypass surgery and recently went back to my doctor because I felt like I wasn't even on my Prozac anymore (I wasn't absorbing it after surgery) so he doubled the dose. After 3 days I felt way worse! So we dropped the Prozac back down and doubled my Topamax. The combination of Topamax and Prozac made me feel awful! I had uncontrollable crying, bad nausea, and was probably the most depressed I've ever been. I was diagnosed with a mild form of Bipolar, so we started on 50 mg of Lamictal for 3 days then we bumped to 100mgs. Its been 5 days, but I can honestly feel a difference! Haven't cried since, feel better mentally and I'm just happier."
Kiki30 (taken for less than 1 month) April 30, 2013
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For Bipolar Disorder "Lamictal changed my life! It is what I use as an antidepressant for Bipolar II (300 mg in the morning) along with Seroquel ER 100 mg at night which keeps my anxiety in check. No side effects from either."
royal nepalese yak dog (taken for 5 to 10 years) April 24, 2013
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For Bipolar Disorder "I've suffered with Bipolar II for roughly 7 years, after two suicide attempts, months of insomnia, and horrible manic events, I finally found a doctor who knew what he was talking about! In combination with Prozac, I have started my titration of Lamictal. I tried Zyprexa and gained 20 pounds in a month. With Lamictal, I've lost that and more. I hardly feel hungry. I have faith that once my dose is increased I won't have as many depressed days. So far so good!"
Raanin (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 19, 2013
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For Bipolar Disorder "I'm 16 and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder type II a month ago. I was put on Lamictal six days later. Around two weeks of the effective dosage, I started to see stability in both my depression and hypomania without any personality change or affective flattening. I did get canker sores however, but no signs of the SJS rash yet. This is overall a pretty effective medicine from my experience."
Paige T. (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 10, 2013
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For Post Traumatic Stress Disorder "Been on Lamictal for about 5 yrs after many yrs of antidepressants and anxiety medicines. About 6 yrs ago after a very traumatic experience with losing my boys and husband nothing worked anymore, I started having stress induced seizures, some very serious! They put me on Lamictal and my periods of mania and mind racing slowly stopped, my restless legs syndrome went away. I actually started to feel and not be a robot. Side effects for me are drowsiness and slight weight gain (8 lbs), I'd gain any amount to feel normal. One VERY important fact to remember is dosage! Everyone has different amounts that work, and don't ever skip or adjust dosage on your own! I did it and paid the price. Hope this helps! I feel grateful to my doc for prescribing."
kimmur (taken for 5 to 10 years) April 8, 2013
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For Seizure Prevention "My grandson has silent seizures and has been on Lamictal for about 3 years. He is 16 years old. He started off on a 100mg a day. He was increased to 200mg daily. His seizures has stopped but he has lost a lot of weight. I discussed this with his doctor and he said it wasn't the medication. I had already done some research and saw that it could be a side effect. He told me to take him to his family doctor. When I took him to his family doctor she said it was the Lamictal. He also has terrible acne, has a hard time concentrating, has a hard time expressing himself and has severe constipation to the point he has bowel incontinence. He has had several problems with anger issues. These symptoms started when they upped his medication."
enlow (taken for 2 to 5 years) April 7, 2013
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For Bipolar Disorder "I have been taking Lamictal for the last 2 years, its amazing and life changing! Very little side effects, besides weight gain for a lack of words, losing weight seems to be impossible for me, and I workout 5 days a week, so for that reason, I'm looking to see what else is out there. If by chance you are reading this and looking for something to help, this is IT! Really!"
christaJ April 1, 2013
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For Bipolar Disorder "I was treated for years with Bipolar 2 disorder using various ant-depressants. They all made my moods cycle up and down. I'm now on Lamotrigine 300mg twice a day and feel better than I have in 20 years.I'm 66 now. I had to start slow and gradually work up to my present dosage. It was definitely effective for me to do it this way."
Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years) March 18, 2013
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For Bipolar Disorder "When I was 15, I was diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder. The first ever medication for it that I was on, was Lamictal. Worked absolute wonders, until it started making me have my period every two weeks. So I stopped. I absolutely felt great on it, so it disappointed me that I had to get off of it. I have had a daughter since then, so I'm thinking my body has changed because of the pregnancy. I'm trying it again, and it actually started helping the next day! My psychosis is not under control because its only a mood stabilizer, but my thinking is a little clearer, and I'm in a better mood. Not quite there, but I can feel it working."
EmilyFix March 11, 2013
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