Experience decreasing dosage of Lamictal
I've had a seizure disorder for 21 years now. My seizures have always been controlled w/ meds. My experience with meds, however, hasn't always been pleasant (topamax and keppra gave me side efffects from hell).
I have been on 400 mg of Lamictal for a couple of years now. So far, aside from insomnia and some hair loss, I've been okay. Unfortunately, a lot has happened and I no longer can afford the lamictal. I have incessantly searched for options and have none. There is no sort of organization in Northern CA that can help someone like me.
Apparently, I'm just above the poverty level so I do not qualify for any healthcare aid. I am however broke. My credit cards are maxed out and I live paycheck to paycheck. My boss doesn't care about my situation and he has no intention of giving his employees health care. Both my parents have passed away and I am single. I am diligently looking for a better job but in the interim, I'm in a bit of a bind.
I want to be clear about this because people naturally have the tendency to say "NO! see a doctor! Don't do this on your own!". If it was an option, I'd have done it. This is what it's come to.
I can afford enough lamictal to get by on 200 mg a day. I am very health-conscious---moreso than I've ever been. I do yoga everyday, meditate and eat healthy, drink kombucha. I don't drink or smoke or do drugs. (I can't say this has always been the case).
I don't have a lot of seizures. In fact, they've always been controlled by medication. I was very self-destructive in my younger days and I think this contributed to my seizure disorder.
I decreased my dosage from 200 to 100 mg a day three days ago. I've felt very mild changes....the most noticeable being a heightened sense of smell. I also felt a bit light headed a couple of times when I was standing up. I haven't experienced any auras or felt like I'm going to have a seizure.
I want to know if anyone here has ever decreased the dosage of their medication before without supervision. Also, has anyone had their Lamictal dosage decreased? What were the side effects?