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Old 07-16-2008, 09:35 AM   #1
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I'm in the hospital right now for my VEEG. It's been about 24 hours that I've bee hooked up, and luckily, I'm having tons of seizures. lol. I never thought I would say that. But they already told me that I won't have to be here that long beause I've already had so many. Yeah! They already decided to switch me to Lamictal and take me off the Keppra, but leave me on the Tegretol for now. I'm glad because that's the med I want to be switched to so I can have kids someday. So I'm pretty pleased right now.

Who else here is on Lamictal? What kind of side effects are there? Thanks!

 
Old 07-16-2008, 10:06 AM   #2
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Hi there, hope everything works out well for you.

I have been on Lamictal for about a year now. I personally cannot tolerate more than 100mg/day of the stuff...at 100mg/day it seems to have stopped my tonic clonic "big ones", but I still get a lot of simple partials, however when I increase my Lamictal (I've tried at least twice,the last time vvverrrryyy slowly, no joy) I have the following side effects, so I'm going for an "add on med" for my simple partials soon.

A list of side effects I have suffered from when trying to edge over 100mg/day, and when I initially went on it:

- bloating/weight gain (not when I went on it initially. 7lbs in a week the first time I increased it from 100mg. Don't worry though, I think this was just because my doctor idiotically said "oh yeh, jump from 100 to 150mg overnight, it'll be alright...errr NOPE. And the pounds took a while to shift. I have not had any other weight gain on Lamictal in general, however.)

- irritability (extreme)

- racing thoughts (to the point I was crying)

- restlessness

- more thoughts of death than usual

BUT...believe it or not, once I was settled into 100mg/day, my depression (I'd had it for years) was definitely improved. This would figure, as I also have Bipolar Disorder and Lamictal is used for both conditions, lol.

I'm not on any other med, will probably be soon.

 
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Old 07-17-2008, 06:47 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info! I'm taking 100 mg per day right now. so hopefully i'll see in a few days how it'll be working.

I heard that I'm going home this afternoon because they got enough data. Yay!

 
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