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DreamingTears
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   Posted 8/21/2006 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi
My doctor just perscribed Lamictal for Bipolar disease (WHICH I AM CLEARLY NOT). Depressed yes. I just wanted to know if this med will help my depression?
 
Thanks
Robin

olivia of course
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   Posted 8/23/2006 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Robin,
 
I took Lamictal for about a year in the past for my BP, I was mostly depressed at the time.  It does help with depression, but not as mych as anti-depressants, so I would talk to your  pdoc about adding one after you feel you have stabilized.  The anti-depressant effects usually take time, and may not be visibible till after a few months of taking it.  I hope this helped.  good luck
~Olivia

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CounterClockwise
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   Posted 8/23/2006 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Robin,

Did your doc talk to you about why he/she was diagnosing you as bipolar? This is a tricky diagnosis, and can take time to work out: is your doc a qualified psychiatrist and have you had an in-depth consultation? You say you're definitely not: why is this clear to you -- and have you raised these points with your doc? As has already been said, if it's depression that you're dealing with, an antidepressant would be much more suitable... .

All best to you,
Rosie x
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rybird
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   Posted 8/23/2006 9:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Gee, I spent a while writing my experiece with Lamactyl only to hit the wrong key and erase it.
Here I try again.
When I first quit drinking January 2004, the VA put me on lamactyl,(lamotragine), increasing my dose slowly,
they warned me to be on the look out for a rare sometimes fatal rash which I did not get. I did not get any side effects, in fact I did not notice anything. When I asked the doctor, she said it was to increase the time between and decrease the duration and intensity of mood swings. I was so messed up I couldn't tell, but It has not hurt me. I wish you well!

CounterClockwise
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   Posted 8/24/2006 3:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,

Yes, like Rybird, I've heard of this rash -- didn't make the link when I first read your post, sorry Robin! This is definitely something to watch for, but the good news is that getting this rash is *very* rare, and if you don't get it it's not dangerous. Also, the rash is pretty obvious if it does turn up, so you simply discontinue your meds and get yourself to your doc asap if this occurs.

Take care.
Rosie x
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Ellie 1
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   Posted 8/26/2006 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
bravo, atedogs, for standing up for yourself. I had difficulty with that for some time and am finally getting over it. Now if I don't like the med's reputation or possible side effects, I simply make the pdoc find another alternative.
Ellie
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judyinky
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   Posted 9/4/2006 12:30 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi, I wanted to comment on your topic.  From what I have heard and know about personally lamictal, which I take for bp2 is given in lower doses for depression and higher doese for bp2, sometimes along with another drug like depacoate or lithium for bp1.  In my opinion, if you can take it and do not get the rash that is assocaited with it, it's one of the best a/d and bp drugs that has been out in a very long time. I have been on it for over 2 years with a lot of success. I take a cocktail of meds. for my bp2, one is lamictal, lexapro, and klonopin. I also take something for ADD which I have too.

You might want to research your symptoms and read about the medicines that relate to them.

 

A good site is remedyfind.com   It has a lot of personal stories about meds and if and how they have helped. The site is basically for people with health issues of all kinds to post their successes and downfalls with meds.

Good luck to you,

Judy


CounterClockwise
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   Posted 9/4/2006 2:30 AM (GMT -7)   
That's good info to have. -- Thanks Judy!!

Rosie x
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judyinky
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   Posted 9/4/2006 10:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Roxie,
You are very welcome!
I love you signatures :-) Where do I go to be put one on?

CounterClockwise
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   Posted 9/5/2006 3:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Judy,

Oh thank you! -- Really glad you like my signatures! -- They're easy to do once you know where to go to create on: you click on "Control Panel" (up by the "Log in/out" tag); then click on "Edit Profile", and at the bottom of the page that appears with all your details on it you get an option for adding and editing your signature. -- Have fun with it -- I look forward to seeing the result!

Rosie x
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People are not like fish: they do not work well battered.

When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded...

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judyinky
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   Posted 9/5/2006 4:25 AM (GMT -7)   

Roxie,

As you can see, I found it. Thanks for the info.  Have a great day!!  yeah

 

Judy


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CounterClockwise
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   Posted 9/5/2006 4:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Wonderful Judy -- A great quotation!

You have a great day too! :)

Rosie x
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People are not like fish: they do not work well battered.

When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded...

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endure2n
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   Posted 9/8/2006 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Ive suffered from clinical depression for yrs. but for the past yr ive noticed some drastic changes in feeling my medicaqtion was not workong...and my family history includes one brother and 2 sisters to commit susicide and i have had these thoughts from time to time,....but thankfully my pcp listen to my symtoms, and changed my depression meds from zoloft to cymbloyta..and lamictal to stableize my moods behaviors of all types of feelings and effects my moods took on my wonderful family. So far these past 3 months I havnt had any side effects or crashes, and that fog feeling in my head and doing very weird things that I couldnt control. I was constantly worring that i was going crazy or suffering from demishea and all kinds of mental disorders. now im more stable and occasionly use xannax for anixty. So depression can develop into bipolar which both has to be treated....im on the low end of it and my daughter suffers from the high end and goes, goes and goes...and racing thoughts instead of depression. so things do get better....but i realize this could turn back on me.

CounterClockwise
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   Posted 9/8/2006 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Endure.

I'm really glad you're getting help with your meds. Often some adjustments to these are necessary because your requirements will be different in manic, hypomanic, depressed and remission periods. The changes sound like they've been positive ones for you -- I hope this continues.

Do feel able to start your own thread if you like. -- You'll probably get more responses that way. Just click on "New Topic" at the top of the page to do this. Or, if you like, I can do this for you: just let me know, ok.

Rosie x
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People are not like fish: they do not work well battered.

When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded...

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judyinky
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   Posted 9/8/2006 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Endure,
It sounds like you have endured a lot with your family history. I am so sorry for your loses. Mental disorders, esp. going undiagnoised can be a living hell to the sufferer and family members sometimes ending in death. No one really knows the suffering, as in any other disease, unless they too have experienced it. I believe my father to have been undiagnosed with mental illness and self medicated with alcohol. Also, so many people that have mental/psychiatric symptoms do not stay on their medications or give them a chance to work.
I strongly believe that is talks time, patience, a good doctor and therapist, and a lot of research and support on our part to understand and treat this illness . And, the right medication of course. . And they may change, like yours did, for the better, and some will not respond that way.

I have worked some in the mental health field myself, studied it, and lived with it, but am not a professional. I helped with support group facilitation, and worked as a mental health advocate for a
state wide program in KY. KY-CAN Kentucky Consumer Advocate Network.
I have gone to workshops, ect. to learn how to best manage my own illness and help others when I can.

I do know that lamictal has been approved by the FDA for treatment both for depression and bp disorder. I take it for bp2, mood swings, rapid cycling, and depression. As far as I am concerned it is a life saver and does not seem to have the side effects of so many other drugs used for psychiatric symptoms. Is your doctor upping your dosage slowly? I take 200, but had to build up gradually because of a rash sometims associated with lamictal. It is rare, but it happens. Is it working well for your daughter? If so, it may very well work for you. It sounds like you are already getting some relief from the med changes. I am so glad!! I want to urge you to educate yourself as much as you can about your illness. Knowledge is power and we are our own best advacate, and sometimes, unfortunately, our own worst critic and enemy too . :-( But that is the nature of this illness.

Well, I have said enough. :-) Welcome!!!. I found this site only a week ago. With the multiple health issues I have, and the bp, I feel so blessed to have found a site with message boards, chat rooms, and tons of information that adressses all this in one place. Not to mention all the great people that post and the moderators that help us. Af far as I am concerned, the support we get is half the battle. I hope you will keep coming back.

Be Well,

Judy

P.S.

There is a site called remedyfind.com where consumers like ourselves rate the effectivness of the different medications, the side effects they have, and other information about the medication's effects. There is information also about medication and illnesses, ( written by professionals) for most all the medical issued addressed on this site. For me, these two sites are the best I have found to deal with my health issues.
BPolar and depression are discussed there too. lamictal is one of the medications rated by patients. It is the top one for bp. :-)
"Hope is seldom found in the things we can see;
it is the sweet fragrance of grace."


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