Has Anyone or Is Anyone on Trileptal?

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Precious Gem
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   Posted 11/4/2008 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I was just recently put on this medication and this week was my "bump up" the dosage week.  I feel very well but my skin has been itchy.  No rash, just itchy and it comes and goes.  Has anyone had this happen?  I have had ALOT of side effect issues in the past and so far this is the only problem I have had with Trileptal and to be honest if this is all I have to contend with I can get over it.
 
Any imput or suggestions?  Do you think I should call me Pdoc?  i am suppose to let him know what is going on with me on Friday anyone.  I have such a good PDoc and am so very thankful for that after reading other peoples experiences.
 
Everyone have a great day!

olivia of course
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   Posted 11/4/2008 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello BP Gemini,

I was on Trileptal for about 3 months in the past. I stopped taking it because it was not working for me at all.

If you feel like the med is not trully helping you or you're having side effects please do not hesiatate to bring up your concerns to your pdoc. Please let us know what happens.

Olivia
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sukay
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   Posted 11/4/2008 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi BP Gemini,

I have tried a lot of different medications to treat my BP. Trileptal was the only medication that finally clicked for me. I've had great success with it! I don't remember any itching, since I have been on it for a while now, but if I did, it didn't last long.

If the itching isn't that bad for you and the medication is working well for you otherwise, I would give it a little more time and see how it works out for you. The itching may go away, once your body gets use to the medication.

Good Luck! blush


~sukay~
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Precious Gem
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   Posted 11/4/2008 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks, I think that is good advice.  I did call and tell me PDoc about the itching and since I do not have a rash, he said give it a few more days.  I was doing realy well on it until about an hour ago and now I feel that little black cloud of lethary coming over me.  I am usually more manic than depressed.  I am only taking 150 mg twice a day.  At what dosage did you really feel like it was working?  I am sure I am being just too impatient.  I usually have a bad time with side effects but other than the itching I have had good results except that I am still cycling and manic by the time I get home.

 

Thanks for the feed back.........please let me what dosage you were on.


sukay
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   Posted 11/4/2008 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi BP Gemini,

I glad you spoke with your doctor. I agree with giving it more time. It takes a while for the medications to reach it's full effect on us.

Your doctor has started you on a very low dose, as he should. I also started on that dosage. You have plenty of room for adjustments and that is a good thing!

Remember medications are different for everybody, but I have slowly worked up to 300mgs in the morning, and 300 mgs. again later in the evening. I am also on Wellbutrin, SR 100mg daily along with 50mg of Trazodone and 1mg of xanax at bedtime.

I hope things continue to work out well for you. blush


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Precious Gem
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   Posted 11/4/2008 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   

Sukay,

Thanks for your words of encouragement.  I seem more down today because I am feeling frustrated that everytime something starts working, then something goes wrong.  This is med #7 for me.  I am also on .5 ml Xanax 4 times a day as I have Post Traumatic Stress and High Anxeity on top of Bipolar.  It is a wonder that I have been able to hold my job for 5 years.  I live in North Carolina and it is a rainy fall day, I cannot wait to go home, put on my favorite PJ's and go to bed.

I love this forum because everyone here is so encouraging and uplifting when they read between the lines and know exactly what is going on with someone.

Well, off to finish the day and see what tomorrow brings.

 


olivia of course
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   Posted 11/4/2008 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
BP Gemini,

Don't worry you are not alone in the whole medicine discovery thing. I too have been on countless amounts of meds to the point that I do not remember them all. But hopefully this will be the last one for you and that it will work.

Olivia :-)
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Precious Gem
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   Posted 11/5/2008 6:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Olivia,
 
I appreciate the words of encouragement.  I feel much better today and hopefully the "itchy feeling" was temporary.  I actually woke up this morning with a calm mind!  That has not happened in months, years.  So I am encouraged each time I start a new med. regiment that it will work, that I will feel better.  I eat well and walk one to one and a half miles a day.  Being mostly manic I have what I call a "stupidly optimistic" attitude which has always kept me going.  I have forgiven myself for the dumb things I have done in the past when I was really sick and did not know it or would not admit it.  I try to enjoy the life I have each and everyday and that gets me through.  Yesterday was probably the worst day I have had in a long time.
 
Thanks to you and everyone for your support. turn
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