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I'm on day 3, feeling ok tho I can hear my heartbeat real clear, seems to be beating stronger lol maybe i'm worried bout nothing, how is taking it for all you?

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Lamictal can be activating for some people. Maybe your heart is just going a little faster. As long as you don't feel too anxious, that side effect should go away soon or it may just occur everytime you increase the med (because you have to titrate it slowly).

I hope the med helps you. :)

Anna-Karina

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Hi all,

I am taking neurontin but I have read several good things about lamactal and wanted to know if anyone has tried both of these.  I am taking the neurontin as a mood stabilizer along with paxil for depression but I have so much fatigue and I heard lamactal was supposed to be energizing.  Any experiences would be appreciated.

thanks

bebo

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Almost six weeks on lamictal (up to 75mg for the last week) and I dont really know what it is doing since I am trying to come off provigil at the same time.  Is there an average dose for lamictal if you are on other meds (paxil, neurontin)?  Thanks,

bebo

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I was on Lamictal for a long time.  I took it in conjunction with Topomax.  I was on a doseage of about 450 mg I believe when I had to go off it and switch to Abilify.  According to many I've talked to here, that's a pretty high dose, but it's within normal limits according to the PDR, so I wasn't concerned.  

I really enjoyed being on Lamictal the entire time I was on it, and only had a few breakthrough mania bouts, which were taken care of by upping my meds and/or adding another mood stabilizer temporarily.

I wish you luck, Bebo... and sorry someone didn't answer you sooner, hon

wishing you love and laughter,

cat :hearts:

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Well, my very 1st post!

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Hi

I am on day one of Lamictal.I feel fuzzy! Hows everyone else who is still taking lamictal doing????

                                                        Cat :hearts:

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Hi Cat!  I felt fuzzy at first, and then more energetic as I kept taking it.  I'm up to 100mg. and by 8/2 will be on 200 mg.  I'm taking it for depression, and it has been said that it can help with that, aparently I'm not taking enough yet. I found when I went from 25 mg. to 50 mg. that it was harder to sleep at night.  I guess you just have to give it time like the other meds.  Let us know how you do on it.

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Hi Las

Just like you I have been on many medications and Iv said to my self this is my last attempt.Aahh Id probably try again but I pray this one is it! What was it like going from 50 to 100? thats seems like a big jump. .Please let us know how your doing on 200mgs. :)

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Cat:  The first morning that I went from 50 to 100mg I got a very slight rash and then it went away.  The jump seemed to give me more energy, but since I'm so far dddoooowwwwnnnnn in this depression, my pdoc just added 12.5 mg. of Paxil at night to hopefully help me climb out of it, and he said that he thinks the 200 mg. will really help me.  Like you, I said that this is my last attempt at meds!!  My sister is on 200 mg. of Lamictal for BP and it helps her.  Wishing you a happy day!

Lisa

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Hi Las,

Im on day 4.Do you or did you experience a kinda drunk feeling about an hour after taking it? I dont really like the way im feeling physically,slight head ache and muscle aches.But whats strange is that from day 1. Mentally I felt better. More at ease.as if my head has been cleared

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Hey Cat!  It sounds like you've got the "Lamictal headache" - I had that for awhile but it went away after maybe 2 weeks?  I didn't have a drunk feeling, probably because I was on 300 mg. of WB, and this Paxil is kicking my tail!  Very sedating and makes me REALLY tired in the a.m., but has helped a little.  Even taking 200 mg. of Lamictal hasn't helped me get any energy today.  Did your pdoc say how many mg's he wants you to work up to?

Lisa

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Hey Las,

We are hoping I can get by with 100mgs.Im being treated for Bipolar (newly diagniosed)For 11 years Iv been fighting what I thought was depression/anxiety.I guess thats why I flipped out on most of the meds they had me on. Thanks for your replies. :) It helps!! :)

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My sister is BP and on Lamictal too - 200 mg. but she's almost 6 feet tall.  I'm sorry that you had to go thru 11 years of hell, and hopefully this will help out - it's helped her.  Let me know how you do!   :wave:

Lisa

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Thanks Las,

Hope your feeling better today. :)

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Hi Cat!  I quit taking the Paxil last night because I was soooo tired and lethargic all I wanted to do was go home and sleep.  Today I have more energy and haven't felt down YET.  No rash or anything since I increased to 200 mg. of Lamictal, hope you don't get "the rash" and can stay on it.  How's your headache and muscle aches?

Lisa

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Hi Las,

Sorry the paxil didnt work out for you.Are you going to try a different medication? Hows it going on 200mgs of Lamictal? Im on Day#7 25mgs. Everyday is a new experience.Nothing to severe but last night I felt so weird. I was just lit!Felt like my eyes were going to pop out of my head!My head was spinning.I had a small glass of alcohol to calm down and it did help.Today the headache is back (maybe from the alcohol!)Im feeling pretty mellow today.My head is kinda in the clouds.Im alittle scared to up my dose next week.

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Hi Cat!  If the deep depression comes back, I'm sure I'll have to try one of the very few remaining meds left to me!  I'm wondering why at 25 mg. you're getting dizzy, that can be a side effect.  I think you're getting the "lamictal headache" which should go away soon.  I had a glass of alcohol last night too, and it really affected me, got a little tipsy.  I'm happy to hear you're mellow, you'll probably be more so at 50 mg.  I'm still very tired, I'm going to look again at description of lamictal and see if this can be a side effect.  Hang in there and stay in touch!

Lisa

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Hey las,

How are you feeling today? On and off meds, up dose ,lower dose.

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Be patient guys... when I was on Lamictal, I was on 450 mg of it!  and I'm a little shrimp of a thing... i mean, I'm 5'7", but my bout with anorexia is no secret, so sometimes it doesn't matter about your weight and the mgs... sometimes it's the severity of your mania!  and what you're taking it with.

my teenage son is quite a bit taller than I am, still very thin, but is only on 200 mgs... and it's working well for him so far.

I wish you all luck, love and laughter....

(and never say never on the meds thing... BP is a lifelong disorder... remember that!)

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Cat,

when do you think is the best time to take lamictal? I Take mine 1st thing in the morning.Would evening be better or would that interrupt sleep?

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Hi I am Cat and Cat - the two cats!  Thanks for your words of encouragement, I'm still giving the Lamictal a chance, Cat I take it first thing in the morning, like pdoc told me.  I've since read that Lamictal can make you tired.  Sleeping in until 9:30 this weekend, both days really helped, can't do that on a workday though, bummer!  I got stomach cramps with it to.  I've relapsed because I quit the Paxil, and have been so depressed the last two days it isn't funny, not at all.  What am I to do?   :hearts:  Oh well, I do hope this finds you both well.  It really does help talking to you two about this!  Take care,

Lisa

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Cat and Lisa,

I think that since you're both experiencing stomach problems and some other things... that perhaps asking your doctor about taking it at night would be a good thing... that way, perhaps you'll get past the worst of your side effects, AS YOU SLEEP?  My pdoc tried this line of thinking with my Topamax, making my trouble with word retrieval better.  We just stopped the daytime dosage that was making me cloudy, and stuck to a nighttime doseage hoping that the worst of it would come while I slept....

worked like a charm! :;):

Might ask your doctor about that.  I remember I took mine during the morning, but my son takes his at night... so, go figure.

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Thanks Cat and Lisa,

Im going to call my doc tomorrow just to let her know whats going on.

Lisa,

Im sorry your feeling so bad.Hopefully the extra sleep helped.

hope tomorrow is a better day. Let us know how you are doing.

                                            Cat :hearts:

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What kind of side effects has anyone experienced on this medication.  I am currently taking depakote but don't like the dull, dumb feeling that it gives me.

thanks

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