Lamictal again?

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tortoise11
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   Posted 5/29/2010 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I was on 100 mg Lamictal and worked great until I hit a bump of stress and had dose increased to 200 mg.  I want to go back to 100 mg.  I don't want extra meds in my body.  If I don't have symptoms, it is enough - no need to go higher!
 
I took 100 mg yesterday morning as usual, and skipped the 100 mg at night (I was planning on 50 mg, but forgot).  I took 100 mg again this morning - late.  I forgot until I started having mood symptoms.  nono
 
So I took the morning dose  100 mg at 11:00.
 
I'm having side effect?  withdrawal? symptoms?  I've never had a side effect from Lamictal before, so I think it has to do with less of it in my system.  The half-life is 24 hours, so this is right about when my serum levels would be dropping.
 
I'm having dizziness anytime I move my head.  Feels lightheaded and like my head weighs 200 lbs at the same time.  I feel fatigued.  If I move at all (like walk 10 feet), I have to hang onto stuff and stop and catch my breath.  My dog is out playing in the yard and I loaned his working/light mobility vest to a friend with a service dog that wanted to experiment with different equipment, so I don't have him to help me get around today.  I am basically stuck on the couch.  SO thinks it is just a mood thing, but really my mood is OK.  Not shiny-happy-people, but reasonable given the circumstances.  It is the physical effects that are holding me down today.
 
I desparately need to get out to the rabbitry and clean out all the cage pans and move around the weaning kits and their momma.  I did manage to feed and water, so it could be worse.
 
I feel trapped inside my body today.
Bipolar 2
Borderline Personality Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Panic Disorder


tortoise11
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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 5/29/2010 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   

I was reading yesterday for a different purpose and came across the information that blood serum levels of lamictal peak 3 - 6 hours after taking it.

Sure enough, 3 hours after taking it, I was fine.  And it has been over 6 hours now and I feel normal.

I guess if I'm fine now on 100mg, no use being on 150 mg like I was planning.  I think I will skip anything tonight and go with 100 mg in the morning.
 
:crossfingers:
Bipolar 2
Borderline Personality Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Panic Disorder

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