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Old 07-07-2007, 06:26 PM   #1
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Too much lamictal???

I've been on 300mg for about 6 weeks (am BP2) and have no energy or excitement about life. I'm not in that dark depression that I've been in before being diagnosed as BP vs. depression. As I was bumped up on the lamictal, I felt great and had lots of energy and it didn't really seem to be the shopping sprees - just lots of functional energy.

Because I felt like I was mildly depressed at 200mg, my pdoc increased me to 300mg. But, I really feel about the same. Not having any sleep problems.

I wonder if anyone else has felt this and if so, what did your pdoc do? I remember my dr taking me off antidepressants because she felt like they were causing more problems that benefits. The lamictal seemed wonderful at first, but now...I'm just frustrated and somewhat agitated. I go to see my pdoc Monday, but wondered if anyone here had had similar symptoms.

I do take Klonopin at least 1-2 times daily and still can't get over the guilt of taking it - my dr prescribes it - I just feel like it's a crutch. And to be honest it doesnt always help.
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Old 07-07-2007, 08:54 PM   #2
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Re: Too much lamictal???

Sometimes it is beneficial to take lower doses of more than one mood stabilizer rather than to keep upping the dosage of one. You reach a diminshing point where increasing the dosage doesn't do any good and can make things worse, sometimes in a different way. Each of the mood stabilizers such as lithium, depakote, topamax work on slightly different areas of the brain and its chemistry, and sometimes in order to feel your best, you can benefit from taking more than one. You might ask your pdoc about whether this concept might work for you.

Old 07-08-2007, 06:54 AM   #3
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Re: Too much lamictal???


Thank you for your advice. It's funny how many of us start questioning and asking things right before our dr visit. I guess we want to go in armed with information and get this thing regulated as fast as possible.
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