I am finishing up my first week of Lamictal....my question is how long does it take to start feeling its affects..................I am just curious. I know with a lot of other meds. I have been on, it has taken 2-4 weeks to fully get in your system. I am just wondering if that is the case with this as welll.
There have been a few positive things that have happen over the week and I am just wondering am I just having a good week or is the medicine really working??? I have been able to come into my house after dark (stay by myself when my husband is at work) without being so full of fear. I haven't been literally tip toeing around my house like there is someone outside watching me. This paralyzing fear has been pretty intense for a while now. I have even been able to sleep with my bedroom door open at night--normally I baracade myself in like I am in the middle of a war zone...It has been the most tremendous feeling to not be terrified to walk past windows and I have even been able to make myself leave my bathroom light on while I am in there....I know that sounds crazy, but I have a bathroom window without curtains--it is one of those thick bathroom windows that you can't see through--but I have been so freaked out that I won't even go in there with the light on to brush my teeth b/c I feel like someone is out there watching me......
I have also had a lot less irritability. I am coming off the effexor, BUT he is has only lowered it 75mg.....he is taking me down slowly to try and avoid withdrawal effects.......Either way, I am very pleased with all of this, but I am just wondering if it will continue or I am just having a few good days.....................I haven't felt manic,,,,,,I have actually just felt kind of in the middle, no extremes either way right now......just enjoying it, but wondering if the meds have anything to do with it at this point.............
I also wanted to add that Lamictal is the first FDA approved therapy for use in specifically bipolar 1, like ckgMD said NOT for acute mania but for maintenence of symptoms, specifically bipolar depression, along with the standard treatment of mood stabilizers, etc. and they noted that it does a particularly good job of staving off the dreaded depression with leaden paralysis that we all love so much. Yeah, being bedridden for weeks or months is so great.
Last year I had an epidsode of the depression started on Thanksgiving (wow, thanks!) and was in bed for about a week thinking I'm sick, right, but nothing else is wrong, I want to do things but I physically can barely move, I'm sure you're familiar with this. I even went for a full physical denying that's what it was. When will I learn . Anyway I called my pdoc and she put me on Lamictal, it keeps you from going too low while the others keep you from going too high. Though it is a slooooowwww process of titrating up, it works. I went the rest of the winter without depression, which has never happened before. It saved my life! I think you will really love it, no side effects to speak of except the possible rash which if it's giong to happen, happens at first.
Strange how this was discovered; in the study for mood stabilization, many of the patients reported improvement in DEPRESSIVE symptoms, the acute mania treatment was a failure, like ckgMD said, this was an accident, but so many reported it, they looked into that and it was generally very successful in stabilizing mood, especially depression WITH standard treatment. I am hearing more and more docs prescribing it without anything else for stabilization of mania, and I have to disagree with that, esp. with bipolar 1, although many just refuse to write it because they are concerned about the rash; that's very unfortunate because I thnk the study said less than 1% of the study participants developed it. But thank god we have it now, the depression is unbearable! Give it some time, you will be very happy you got it!
I'm so happy you are having such amazing response to Lamictal and you're right; if you are able to take wellbutrin wtih it, more the better. I take the combo, wellbutrin was ok, but didn't work on the serious depression (with leaden paralysis) until we added Lamictal, knock wood havent had another depressive episode since last year before I took it.
Good question - so far studies show only BP patients benefit from the antidepressant effects of Lamictal, it doesn't affect unipolar or clinical depression.