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    Old 03-24-2007, 06:19 AM   #1
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    wellbutrin and lamictal, odd experience

    Hl everyone
    Just Comming off Lithium because ofa horrible Side effect that showed UP six months after starting the med, I was ready to give op mood stabilizers.
    But my Doc and wife wanted me to try again, hesitant because 1 think I control my manias well, though my wife drastically disagrees, I agree.

    So added to my wellbutrin which never gives me trouble, is added lamictal. First Morning on the medication Bam, I Feel different, energized, motivated, hopeful. My Wife tells me I cant feel it that fast. but I know better, I am hyper sensitive to all medication, Just like some People take longer for medication to work. I take to medications very Quickly.

    I almost think I am manic, but I don't crave Sweets, Sex, risk or have an urge to buy Something. So I know Its not mania, but am I supposed to feel good, I thought feeling good was bad for a Bipolar 'I thought we were doomed to feel well close to Nothing, Castrated by medicine for the general safety of us and others.

    It's a new experience, I have not found a downside yet. all medication has tradeoffs, things you loose to gain other things. this med is Know to cause Brain Fog, concentratlon issues, headaches, tremors and twitches. not me, I get clarity. increased short term memory, motivated quick thinking ,A sence of self, overall good feeling. mind and body. when does the bad shoe drop?

    I am a skeptic of all medication. it wasn't always, thee days and counting, So far so good. or does it take a week for the bad stuff to happen.

    of course I am on a low dose 25 mg, going up to 50 in two weeks or not this dose works, again being hypersensitive, it doesn't take much.

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    Old 03-24-2007, 07:03 AM   #2
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    Re: wellbutrin and lamictal, odd experience

    Awesome! That's great news man. It's good to feel good, haha! I take 100mg of Lamictal twice a day and it seems to work well. Just watch out for the nasty rash it can cause. It is EXTREMELY rare though so don't worry about it too much.

    Old 03-24-2007, 08:29 AM   #3
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    My 25-year old son takes Lamictal, and has for 2 years. He does very well on it and the side effects you mention don't seem to be that common. There are lots of people on this board that take it and regard it as their "miracle" drug. Hope this proves to be true for you, too!!

    Old 03-24-2007, 05:24 PM   #4
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    Dave, I'm a firm believer in Lamictal. I didn't notice anything until I reached the 100 mg dose, and that fell off after 2 weeks. I then went to 150, and felt great! Then I went to 200, where I'm at now and plan to stay. It has changed my life for the better. I feel better than I ever have! I have even picked up hobbies that I had let go of 20 years ago and am enjoying them. I also take lexapro, but am about to be taken off of it soon. Good luck on your meds, it sounds like it's working for you. TOM

    Old 03-24-2007, 05:39 PM   #5
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    I'm glad that the lamictal is working so well for you! It seems to be a popular med.

    Like JJK11 said, the only real serious side effect to watch out for is the rash. But otherwise people don't seem to get many side effects at all from this med, which is very nice!

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    Hi, JustDave If I were you and you are still feeling this good when you are due to go up to the 50mgs I would strongly suggest that you discuss it with your pdoc and hold off on an increase. In very rare circumstances, some people can do jut fine on a small dose of the Lamictal especially since you are know to have a hypersensitivity to meds. You will be able to tell if you require a increase if you have a dip around the time you are suppose to fo up in your dose. The "sweet spot" is when you do not have that dip and you continue to feel well. So, Dave, you may just be one of the very rare ones that hit the "sweet spot" at the lowest dose!! Give it the week and see if you are feeling as good,

    This is great...I hope the Lamictal continues to work this well for you.

    ~ Goody

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