Just curious if anyone is on this med and how long to takes to work? I have been on it about 4 weeks or so, and I am still titrating up to the full dosage, which should be in the next 2 weeks. (I am taking it to see if it will prevent my head/scalp/face/ear neuralgia's.)
I am just wondering if you have to wait until you are on the full dosage to see if there is any improvement?
My son is on it - and it was a Godsend for him!! It can really help bipolars - he felt a huge difference within a day to a day and a half of being on it - but he was on it for a different reason than you are. It can be a very effective mood stabilizer.
Yes there is the potential for a rash possibly leading to a serious skin side effect - Stevens-Johnson syndrome - but it is reputedly rare and, from what I have read, is more likely in younger patients. Also, that skin side effect is said to usually appear sometime in the beginning of taking the medication. I'd never heard of it being used for neuralgias - just as an anti-epileptic or as a mood stabilizer.
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