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Old 02-20-2007, 06:18 PM   #1
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Lamictal and Abilify

Has anyone had experience with these 2 meds combined? I started the Lamictal 3 weeks ago and am slowly increasing the dosage. I also began Abilify this week (.5mg, I believe). I am so worried about weight gain with either of these meds. Can anyone share the "good, bad and the ugly" with this combo?
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Re: Lamictal and Abilify

I'm on both and they work great. No weight gain - I think they're both weight neutral meds anyway. I was on 200 mg. of Lamictal and I am on 20 mg. of Abilify. I took myself off of the Lamictal (stupidly) and now have to build back up to the 200 mg. I'm on the 50 mg. right now...but once you get up to about 100 mg. it starts to really work.
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Old 02-20-2007, 06:40 PM   #3
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Re: Lamictal and Abilify

My son is on both and they are working well. You have to work up to the dosage on the Lamictal and some people have to adjust to the Abilify, but for many, they are a great combination! Give yourself some time. Hopefully they'll work well for you, too.

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Re: Lamictal and Abilify

Thanks so much for your replies. I will give it some time and hope that once I get up to 100mg of Lamictal, things will start to feel better. My highs & lows are much 'closer together' now.....more even kiel. The only problem I have right now is insomnia. I go to bed around 10pm and am awake; up and moving at 3am. I take the Abilify in the morning and the Lamictal at 7pm. Is this when I should be taking them? Wish I could sleep!
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Old 02-21-2007, 05:36 AM   #5
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Re: Lamictal and Abilify

Everyone's different, but I take them vice versa. I take Abilify whenever I go to bed (it varies) and Lamictal when I wake up (which also varies). She (my pdoc) was going to put me on Lamictal at night if it made me drowsy during the day, but it didn't so she left it at the beginning of the day. Also, Lamictal will do almost nothing (according to my pdoc) for the mania. Its job is to concentrate more on the depressive side of things, but I've found that Abilify (antipsychotic) will help with mania once you get to a therapeutic dose (my pdoc started me at five mg. to see if I could take it then moved me up to ten mg., which is usually where it starts working well according to her).
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Old 02-21-2007, 06:20 AM   #6
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Re: Lamictal and Abilify

I Take Both These Meds, And They Are Suppose To Be "weight Neutral". I Put On Weight From Alot Of The Other Drugs I Was Given, But Now I Am On Ability 15mg, Lexapro 20mg And Working My Way Up The Ladder On Lamictal And I Think I Have Lost Weight And Am Certainly Trying!!

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Re: Lamictal and Abilify

So there may be hope for me??? I'm doing well on both meds.....feeling the best I've felt in a while. I just don't want to gain weight, as I lost 50 pounds 2 years ago, and have since put on 10 pounds since my hysterectomy. eek.
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