Lamictal and Tourettes

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Hawkeye Pierce
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   Posted 1/27/2009 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, this is my first post.  I have Bi Polar disorder and was diagnosed about two years ago.  I was on 100 mg of Lamictal and it wasn't doing anything for me.  My doctor brought it up to 200 mg.  It did a great deal for my mood.  I felt good and enjoyed doing things again.  I wasn't hitting the lows I was before.  I also take 10 mg of lexapro for depression.  The only problem with taking the 200 mg, since I have had troubles sleeping and my tourettes is really bad(facial ticks and little things like that).  Is lamictal a stimulant.  I really don't know anything about it.  Because a stimulant like coffee or caffeine make my ticks very bad and it is very annoying.  Any help would be appreciated.  I don't know anybody else with bipolar and tourettes so maybe there aren't many of us out there but we'll see.  Thanks in advance.

serafena
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   Posted 1/27/2009 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Hawkeye,

Welcome to HealingWell and to the bipolar forum. You have a really interesting question. I don't think lamictal is a stimulant, but I really don't know. I would definitely ask your doctor. You're absolutely right that you have a pretty unique situation. I'm sure it must be really frustrating at times. You don't even need to make an appointment with your doc -- just give him/her a call.

Sorry I can't be more help.
serafena
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maggiern
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   Posted 1/27/2009 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I am on 200mg of the Lamictal and have no adverse side effects.  I would talk to your doctor about that.
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