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Old 05-24-2008, 02:45 PM   #4
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Re: A roller coaster ride

1990- 1994 lithium
1994- 2003 valroic acid
2003- present Lamictal

I had short term memory loss with lithium
I had all the side effects you could have with valproic acid.
Lamictal is the answer for me. It has no side efects but it is expensive.

Over the 5 years I have been taking it I have lost the 90 pounds I gained on valproic acid. I have no memory problems. I no longer have hand tremors or acid reflux and my hair is no longer falling out. I sleep fine and am completely stable.

I wouldn't think of missing one dose. As a matter of fact I have an emergency Rx for 10 day supply that I keep in my purse just in case I forget to take it with me when I leave town.
L.Knee: Arthroscopy: '98, '04, '06; ACLrecon: '02; TKA:'06
R.Knee: Arthroscopy: '06; TKA indicated
R Hip: Arthroscopy '08;

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