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Old 01-27-2009, 11:28 AM   #1
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what time of day should lamictal be taken?

what time of day should lamictal be taken?

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Old 01-27-2009, 12:42 PM   #2
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Re: what time of day should lamictal be taken?

I take mine in the am and pm.

Old 01-27-2009, 01:45 PM   #3
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Re: what time of day should lamictal be taken?

I was told that you should take Lamictal in the morning, because it can keep you awake at night.

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Re: what time of day should lamictal be taken?

Not sure how long you've been taking the Lamictal, but in the beginning it can be very activating, even making some people irritable and angry, that will pass. Most pdocs, including my own, reccomend taking it in the morning or morning and afternoon if you take 2 doses so that it doesn't interfere with your sleep.


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Re: what time of day should lamictal be taken?

i take mine in the morning, so far with no ill effects. i take it just before breakfast with my other current meds - thyroxine, rivotril (klonopin i think). i just hate having to take meds at night because it means i have to eat something and i am hyper conscious about any weight gain side effects!

Old 01-28-2009, 08:36 AM   #6
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Re: what time of day should lamictal be taken?

I take it in the morning, but I have a lengthy history of sleep problems. I would start by taking it whenever you will best remember it, then adjust from there if that time causes you problems.

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I was on 200 mgs of lamictal for about 4 years and had it upped last year (2010) to 250 mgs because I started getting racing thoughts and depressed (not really bad, just low mood all the time). Then my doc raised it this week to 300 mgs. (Jan. 2011) I found that the 50 mg increase is now making me get insomnia, which I always had, but it is now worse. I take 10 mgs of Ambien to sleep and was getting up 2x per night. Now with the increase to 300 mgs I get up about 5-6 times a night. I decided to start taking it now in the morning instead. Today is the first day of this change.

I took 200 mgs at 8 am and plan on taking another 75 mgs at around noon. So I want to do 275 mgs for a week and then up it to what my doc wants (300 mgs) after that. I think I got upped too fast, as right away my doc said to start taking 100 mgs. more- 100 mg in morning and 200 mg at night. SO I will see what happens with the 275 mgs and if it will make a difference in sleeping better and then like I already said next week I plan to take the full 300 mgs in the morning and see what happens from there. This way my brain can get used to the increase a little slower.

I didn't call my doc to ask if that was okay, but I know he wouldn't have a problem with it anyhow- as long as I go up to the 300 mgs next week.I hope this way I don't keep waking up during the night so many times and get better sleep as I don't think it is restful sleep to be waking up that often.

I will post again in a week or two to tell you all what happens! I also feel slightly "dumbed down" by lamictal. But I am still "quick-witted" but I forget a lot of stuff now. But it could be to my age (54) as my friends that are around that age forget a lot of stuff too! I will see also if I get more "dumb" lol with the increase.

Other than that I LOVE lamictal!!! I haven't gained any weight or had any side effects on the 250 mgs except for a moderate headache as I titrated up from 25mgs. The headache would last about 3 days every time I went up. So far I have not had one headache with this latest increase which it great.

Old 02-03-2011, 08:37 PM   #8
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Re: what time of day should lamictal be taken?

i take mine at night. i do not know if it keeps me up at night because i take so much stuff to go to sleep at night i have always had trouble getting to sleep even before the lamictal.
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Old 02-04-2011, 05:11 AM   #9
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Re: what time of day should lamictal be taken?

I take my lamictal at night, just after dinner. It seems like some people take it in the morning. I guess take it at the time that's best for you. My doctor told me to take it at night, so I take it at night. So far, no sleeping problems.

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