I am interested in hearing about how others have reacted to Lamictal. I was diagnosed with manic depression/bi polar yadda yadda depression, about 11 years ago. Since then, I have tried all the meds but have been left with some of my symptoms more enhanced, or so it would seem because the meds would only treat half of them. I have been off meds for 2 years and as I approach 45, I am finding it harder and harder to control my anxiety and depression etc. What about the omega 3 fish oil infomation regarding depression ?
Hey there. I don't have bipolar; just regular old depression, for better or for worse. But I do take Lamictal, I've been on it for nearly 6 weeks now (currently on 100 mg/day... working up to 200mg/day, but won't reach taht point for another several weks; you need to go on it very, very slowly.)
I think there is something to be said for this medication. I have not had any side effects.. maybe some tiredness, but it's hard to say, because i've always been kind of a chronically tired person anyway.. (And now I am yawning as I write this... lol)
I am also on Wellbutrin and Lexapro. But it was only after I'd been on the Lamictal for several weeks (around the 4-5 week point) that I've really started feeling better.. more interested in taking care of myself, looking nice, staying healthy, keeping my house organized and neat, etc. etc... all stuff that I used to not have motivation for. So, is it the Lamictal, or is it just coincidence? I guess one can never know for sure... But, as I said, no side effects.. so for now, it's a keeper.
Just make sure you go on it very, VERY slowly... and keep in mind it's not offered generically yet, so it is kind of expensive. (My psychiatrist has been really generous w/ the free samples, which is awesome..) Anywho.. remember, there are always new treatments being formed.. don't give up!
Thanks wanderingsoul, I appreciate it. You have just described basically what my friend has experinced. I always have hope. I have obviously been this way years before diagnosis and I am still living and loving, it just seems as we get older, and our lives change, things seem a little harder when one is blessed with depression and such. So, I am not feeling as if I am giving up because I need to finally turn to medication. I am thankful for my options!!!
My husband is going to try this one, too. He's slowly going off Effexor and his PDOC is switching him onto this. I've read good things so far about this drug! I am really hoping that this will take away some of my DH's anger. It's been bbbaaaadddd for years! Time will tell. I'll let you all know how it goes, if you're interested. Kym.