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Old 02-06-2007, 05:12 PM   #1
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Lamictal and Effexor Combo

I was just prescribed this combination of meds for depression and bi-polar characteristics. I just started the Lamictal while in the process of weaning off Wellbutrin XL (which did absolutely nothing for me). Once off Wellbutrin, I am supposed to begin the Effexor. From the research I have done on Effexor....I am AFRAID to start taking it!!! I am afraid that if it causes me to gain weight, I will want to get off of it....which sounds incredibly difficult in itself. What to do??
Has anyone else ever tried this combo before? Can anyone share the "good, bad and the ugly" about either of these meds?
Thank you so much for whatever you can share.

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Old 02-06-2007, 05:31 PM   #2
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Re: Lamictal and Effexor Combo

i'm taking both. lamictal is good to stabalize your moods, its really good. what dosage are u on and i just started effexor xr(4th week) on 75. so lets see what happens, so good so far, but i still need energy and more motivation.

Old 02-06-2007, 07:46 PM   #3
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Re: Lamictal and Effexor Combo

A friend is on Lamictal for epilepsy and has begun having vision problems. Get regular eye exams since Lamictal binds with melanin in the eye. There is a risk of vision changes.

Old 02-07-2007, 01:56 AM   #4
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Re: Lamictal and Effexor Combo

I am on the orange "starter pack".....two weeks at 25mg; 2 weeks at 50 mg. and then up to 100 mg. So, it's a five week process, I guess. As for Effexor, I am supposed to start that in a few days, once I'm off the Wellbutrin. The Effexor dosage starts one week at 37.5 and then up to 75mg.
So far, coming off the Wellbutrin has been no problem at all. I still am afraid to start the Effexor.

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