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Anyone taking only Lamictal w/no other meds?
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Anyone taking only Lamictal w/no other meds?

The past several months the doc had me on Lamictal in combination with another drug -- first depakote and then seroquel.  Because of bad side effects, he has eliminated the other drugs and wants me to take just the Lamictal 200 mg/day.  I'm so happy about that!  But he said we also have to wait and see if Lamictal alone will control my bipolar symptoms, and I may have to go back on the other meds as well.  Anyone else having success with just Lamictal?  If so, do you have any side effects, particularly weight gain, hair loss, etc.  Thanks a bunch.
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I have been on lamictal for about 7 months now and I have mixed feelings about it.  When I started it it worked wonders.  I really liked it, I felt like it helped  keep my moods in check and the best part is that I had no side effects what so ever.  On the other hand, when I climbed to the does of 150mg I started having really bad anxiety.  I couldn't go 2 or 3 hours without having another anxiety attack and all of the time in between were filled with worried thoughts.  My doc and I decided to go back down to 100 mg because the Lamictal can cause anxiety if you reach too high of a dose.  Now that I'm back down to the 100 mg the anxiety has gone away, but now I don't feel like it's working at all.  But, seeing as you have already been on it than you shouldn't have too many problems.  I really hope it works for you.  It did for me at first, and I have heard really great things about it.  Most of the people that I know on it have not had side effects either.  Good luck and let us know how it goes!
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I take 600 mg Lamictal per day. A ton. Thats about it besides sleeping stuff (1.5 mg klonopin, and seroquel--50 mg). I am egn8598 and posted just above you if your interested.

I don't have any side effects from Lamictal that I am aware. I do have tremor a bit but I believe that is from the antipsychotic.

I think Lamictal is great--I have been on it for about 5 years? Its good to start on a low dose and increas, rather start too high. I think that is what I did, and it now does not work for me if I reduce my dosage. Good Luck! --E.
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Thanks for your comments and support.  I guess like everyone else I will just have to wait and see how it goes and hope for the best.
Hugs,
Ruby
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I am on 200 now as of last week.  I feel no different than when I was on 25 lol.  I feel rotten too.  Sad, depressed, low energy.
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if it has been longer than six months i would ask your doctor to tiltrate you down and off lamictal and try something else.
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