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Old 09-15-2011, 08:28 AM   #1
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Apathy-Lamictal or depression?

I was diagnosed with BP about 6 months ago. I was very manic. My doc prescribed Topamax but said it would bring me down and down until I would probably get depressed and he would probably put me on a second med. Well, over the last month or so I've been what I would describe as "shaking (hands) and crying" a lot as well as having a constant upset stomach.
Now I am on that second med - Lamictal (50 mg). The side effect from this for me is that it caused insomnia. Insomnia makes me manic so I am taking it in the morning. Anyway, what I am experiencing now is major apathy. I used to love playing the piano, had to get my pieces perfect, now I don't care. I was a major coupon-er at the grocery store, now I just throw things in the cart, for example. I feel "dopey". I was so alive last year at this time and now I feel dead inside.
Is this because I am depressed and the dosage of Lamictal should be increased to ward of more depression, or is apathy a side effect of Lamictal and should I suggest to my doc to take me off of it? Has anyone else experienced apathy while on Lamictal?

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Old 09-16-2011, 09:39 PM   #2
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Re: Apathy-Lamictal or depression?

Unfortunately when you start a new med it's hard to tell exactly what it causing what. The lamictal has to have time to work with the Topomax in your system and do what it's supposed to do. It takes some time for the meds to get to their full potential. Generally if you give it 2 to 3 weeks and notice no difference or worsening symptoms, it's clear that you need to talk to your pdoc about a different med. There are literally hundreds of combination's that can be used or tried. Using Topomax for BP is relatively new, it's a cross over drug that was not made to treat BP. Maybe it's time to talk to your pdoc about stopping the Topomax and going to a more usual combo of Lamictal and an anti-depressant. Just remember your treatment has to involve you, never just let your pdoc dictate what you have to do, what you have to take, etc. Yes he does know the intricacies of the disease, but each and every person responds differently with different symptoms and to different meds.

Take care and hang in there, it will get better and more manageable with time.


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