Re: how do i quit lamictal
I have come off lamictal, basically the same story as you. I really don't think I was ever bipolar, but they conivinced me I was and made me think I'd be on dangerous medications forever. I will share with you what I have learned from my experience, so just take it as that. First, make sure you have lots of determination. Second. Go slower than your doctor suggests. Basically, you should be decreasing your dose by 10%, wait until you feel fine, then cut that dose by 10 %. I didn't know this and just cut 25 mg at a time. I was mostly ok, but now I have been off it for a month and feel like crap. My mood is great, but I am EXHAUSTED. A few things that I have been trying to do:
RESEARCH!!! I have spent hours and hours trying to find other people going through this and what they have done and their suggestions help a ton. I have learned so much about what this medication does to ones body the thought makes me want to vomit. I am not using that as a metaphore or whatever, I actually feel like I am going to throw up when I learn all this new stuff that doctors don't tell you.
NUTRITION! Take really good vitamins. Lamictal depletes nutrients your body needs.
I am taking a very potent fish oil, a good multivitamin, and I started taking milk thistle for the liver, and a ZMA. The milk thistle should be taken at night, while everything else should be in the morning, because the milk thistle will minimize absorption of stuff through the liver.
Exercise!! Try your best to muster up enough energy to at least take a good walk every day.
Remeber throughout the process that your body has been dependant on a mind altering drug for a very long time and need to heal. It is a long process and can take months to feel yourself again, from what I have read. It will be worth it and make sure to take thebest care of yourself that you can. If you are working, look out for two weeks afte ryou come off it completely.
I hope this helps a little, and don't just take my word for it. Knowledge is power, and I am so glad to see someone else who wants to live drug free.
If you start taking supplements make sure you check with your doctor as long as you are still taking any medicaiton. GOOD LUCK! and listen to your body!