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    Old 03-25-2007, 04:10 AM   #1
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    Lamictal and Memory Loss/Confusion

    Has anyone who is taking Lamictal encountered slight memory loss or confusion? I have been on 100mg and today will begin 150mg. I had a very bad week last week and while teaching, I made several errors in what I was writing on the board. I could not think of the correct answers and my students had to correct me. Sometimes, I cannot think of the name of an object fast enough. I stumble and stammer until it comes to me. Takes only a few seconds, but to feels like eternity!
    I am also taking Abilify 5mg, Wellbutrin 100mg twice a day; and Seroquel 50mg for sleep. Could any of these meds be causing the problem?
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    Old 03-25-2007, 06:24 AM   #2
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    Re: Lamictal and Memory Loss/Confusion

    It is probably a combination of Abilify and Lamictal. I take these two meds and I understand how you feel. It's this blah "brain dead" feeling. It only happens to me in certain situations, like when I'm hanging out with my friends or something. When I'm at home or something in less stressful situations it doesn't really happen.

    Old 03-25-2007, 08:10 AM   #3
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    Re: Lamictal and Memory Loss/Confusion

    I take Lamictal and Lexapro, and do have moments where I can't find the words I want to say. I also have moments where I stop mid sentence and "zone out" for a few seconds and completely forget what the subject was. This doesn't happen all of the time, it is mostly late afternoon or evening. I will have to say the side effects are few, and I would rather have them than the complete madness I was suffering. Tom

    Old 03-25-2007, 10:48 AM   #4
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    Re: Lamictal and Memory Loss/Confusion

    Thanks so much for posting this topic. I've been thinking about this lately. I used to be so much sharper and smarter and quicker. Now I feel dumber than a box of rocks at times. I can't think like I used to. Hell I can't even read for more than a 10 minutes now w/o having to stop because of concentration issues.

    I feel like I can't access my brain like I used to. I feel like it's still in there but it's all so foggy I can't reach it.

    This kind of upsets me. I guess the best we can hope for is a dumber, watered down version of ourselves? I guess that's the trade off.

    Does anyone else have any thoughts about this? I'm curious to know...

    Old 03-25-2007, 01:58 PM   #5
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    Re: Lamictal and Memory Loss/Confusion

    Odd but i have the opposite effect, I find it helps with clarity and it returned my short term memory, I find I think faster, remember more, and are more organized now mentally than I have been in a long time.

    thanks Dave...

    Old 03-26-2007, 12:38 AM   #6
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    Re: Lamictal and Memory Loss/Confusion

    Interesting responses! The most unnerving side effect IS the loss of clarity for me. When I'm pressured to think quick at school, my mind gets confused and the answers aren't there. My students have been so kind and gracious (they've no idea that I am bipolar, but they do suspect something, as I used to be one sharp, decisive cookie!). I cannot make decisions right now...very indecisive. I would rather have this, I suppose, than the manic highs I used to experience in class! You could almost peel me off the ceiling sometimes! I just would talk and talk and talk......bouncing from one topic to the next....easily being pulled in many directions. That doesn't happen anymore, thank goodness. I just wish that my lows would come up to meet my highs now!
    Thanks for the responses! You people are wonderful!!
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    Old 03-26-2007, 05:45 AM   #7
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    Re: Lamictal and Memory Loss/Confusion

    Hi Roz,

    I would mention this to your pdoc. We all respond differently to different meds. S/he could probably find another med or combo of meds that would work for you without this side effect. Alternately, you might ask about Provigil. If you aren't familiar with it, it is a med that was first used for narcolepsy. College students are using it to stay awake for too long , but my 25-year old son was prescribed it when he was having trouble concentrating from his lithium. You might want to check it out.

    Hang in there!

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