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    Old 09-19-2005, 03:23 AM   #1
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    Lamictal and caffeine????

    I posted this on a different thread, but I am wondeing about the possible interactions of Lamictal and caffeine???
    I had never been diagnosed Bipolar until July 22nd. I went in to a full blown mania, that was chemically induced by a combo of things, Ultracet (pain med for terrible back problems), A diet/energy pill called Leanfire, and possibly steroids from the injections for my back problems. I stopped everything on the 16th of August, went to see a psychopharmacologist. He gave me Seroquel (100mgs) and Depakote(250mgs). I never took the Depakote, but took the Seroquel at night. It definitely helped me sleep, but the side effects were awful... weight gain, constipation, loss of balance , tremors, short term memory loss, so I stopped it. I started Lamictal, and got to 75mgs, and the mania totally went away, but it left me feeling basically nothing, complete loss of personlaity. I thought I had a caffeine allergy too, because when I drank coffee with Lamictal, I got very sick. (itchy, sore throat, pins and needles all over, burning sensations in my eyes, and bad muscle spasms). I stopped Lamictal and I am drinking coffee again, and I haven't had any reactions. Does anyone know if caffeine affects Lamictal or vise versa?

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