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Limasol21
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   Posted 1/18/2016 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello to all with Bi Polar. This is my first post

I have been suffering with Bi Polar since 2005. I wonder if anyone with similar experiences advise me on two matters.

I started to use Lamictal as replacement to Lithium simply because side effects of Lithium being dryness in my mouth throat and below. My doc is adamant that I continue with Lithium but he failed to give me something to overcome this problem despite his promise earlier.

I simply cannot take Lithium because of its side effects. Anyone has experienced with dryness with Lithium If so is there anything to overcome this problem and is Lamictal a good replacement to Lithium and/or what’s best as replacement?

Thank you

Limasol21

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   Posted 1/19/2016 1:27 AM (GMT -6)   
hi and welcome. lamictal is slow to start, and in my opinion works better with other meds. I found it to be a background med, if you will. excellent for mania. levels alike lithium can be done for lamictal as well. bar the rash, lamictal is just as hit and miss than lithium, however we are all wired differently. take care.
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Limasol21
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   Posted 1/19/2016 3:28 AM (GMT -6)   
The Happy Turtle

Thank you for youe response I am grateful for the information you sent.

I had no choice but to start using Lithium again despite its side effects my doc prescribed likewise. Currently I am taking both lithium and Lamictal

I read from various sources that SSRI in my case SERTRALINE is not effective for Bi Polar depression episodes.

What is your experience with SSRI during depression periods and/or what is your experience as to which type of antidepressant was best suited for you.

In my case I find that the illness has its own momentum that medicines do help to a certain degree but not really control it. What is your view on that

Kind regards.

Limasol21

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   Posted 1/19/2016 3:35 AM (GMT -6)   
i'll get back 2 ya.
THE HAPPY TURTLE.

A QUOTE FROM THE HAPPY TURTLE THAT REFLECTS ME.

"COMPLEXITY IS MY WAY OF EXPRESSING MY NEEDS IN A MANNER THAT IS NEITHER DESTRUCTIVE, NOR NEGATIVE"
'

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   Posted 1/19/2016 5:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Limasol21,

Welcome to the forum :-) I am glad you joined us.

Everyone react differently to meds. One may work for one person, while it may not work for another. Or once person may also experience the side effects while another person may experience less or no side effects at all. Our bodies are different and react differently.

Do you attend therapy as well? It helps and you learn lots of coping techniques that can help together with meds.

I hope the Lithium and Lamictal will work for you.

Again, welcome!!!

Take Care,

UA
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