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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 8
   Posted 1/31/2009 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All;
Just joined this week; already violated protocol by not reading rules before responding to someone else's' topic.
Next time will read rules before posting. "Look before you leap"
Am retired old timer diagnosed with Bipolar/Depression. Had a bout with Lyme's disease last year; no more physical symptoms but feel my mind has been locked in neutral since taking heavy doses of anti-biotic to cure it. Was on 100 mg Zoloft when treated for LD. Now down to 50 mg in the AM supplemented by 100 mg Lamictal.
Major complaint is mental sluggishness and drowsiness -- can take a nap at the drop of a hat, even tho I get 8 hours at least every night --old age?
I know my situation pales when compared with many of the posts here; nonetheless I'm here in the hopes that maybe I could could offer something constructive.
Keep on keeping on.

Veteran Member

Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 3715
   Posted 2/1/2009 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
We're delighted to have you, Popster. I don't think the lamictal would be making you sleepy, maybe the zoloft? Anyone know?

Thanks for bringing your experience. We're always glad for new voices.

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Bipolar II

New Member

Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 8
   Posted 2/2/2009 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for the Wekcome--

Below is my "story" posted on another thread before I read that I was supposed to start a thread of my own.

Any comments on combo of zoloft/lamictal welcome.

"newbie here.
diagnosed with bipolar 20 years ago, while working full time in high pressure environment.
Retired 15 years ago--lead a pressure free life now-- but have occasional bouts of worthlessness stemming from sense of zero accomplishments
"ups and downs" rolleyes since retirement.
currently (since Feb 2008) on 50mg zoloft and 100mg lamictal.
meds help but not 100%. Sleep well, appetite OK but still have the blahs especially in the morning.
by noon-time i'm good to go).
self-medicated with alcohol for a while, but have been alcohol free for 10 years.
Question: dosage level seem reasonable? anybody else combine these two meds?
any insights welcome."


Regular Member

Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 369
   Posted 2/2/2009 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcomezoloft and 1 mg. risperdal.  The mix works good for me, but the one side effect I have to fight is the mentals slowness. I am back in school and have to work twice as hard as I used to.  I just seem to have a fogginess when trying to remember things. popster.  I am currently on 200mg of

"Just because you're in the driver's seat, doesn't mean
you have to run people over." ~ Fred Pausch

New Member

Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 8
   Posted 2/2/2009 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Michele--
Happy to hear from you.  I can sympathize with your struggle with mental slugginess.  From your comment on returning to school, I infer that we are on oppisite ends of the age spectrum. 
Since I've been on Zoloft I have the same problem.  Slow to learn new stuff--
what's worse I've lost my facility with technology; forgot some basic stuff re: computer software that I've used for years. Lost interest in digital music, digital photos; etc.
Hang in there--you have a long life ahead of you---make the most of it.
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