Lamictal fears?? am I crazy??

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tondalaya
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   Posted 10/10/2006 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
 
I have been told by a lot of people that Lamital is a really bad medication that can cause even death ( my pdoc's words )  does anyone have any stories about this med??  I would be interested in hearing the good and the bad???  I've checked on the vaious sites for drug interactions and possible side effects but since I've found this website maybe some of you could send me some info.  I go to the doctor on Thurs. so any info would be great.
 
Thanks,
BP IN AZ


CounterClockwise
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   Posted 10/10/2006 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Tondalaya, your pdoc is very naughty! -- He/she should never say something like this without fully explaining!! The risk of death is only present if you develop a serious skin reaction to the med. Many people get a slight rash at first, and, since it isn't clear at that stage if this will develop into the more serious skin condition patients are told that they should always contact their pdoc if this appears and have this evaluated by them. Apart from that, I have heard both rave reviews and negative ones about Lamictal: as always it depends on the person -- #1 rule: different meds work differently for different people. It may be your godsend, or it may be something that doesn't help and you'll need to change, but you won't know until you (and your pdoc) have given it a go (and it normally takes up to 12 weeks for the meds to have their full effect -- unless you have to discontinue because of adverse reactions -- and oyu should only ever do that with the full support and cooperation of your pdoc). Ooooh, I am cross at some pdocs: too many of them recently seem to be giving very little information or saying things tactlessly.

I'd advise you to get a book on bp that will help you find out more about your meds, and all the other bp stuff (although of course still come here and ask and join in too!!!). Websites tend to give minimal or very "clinical" info. I'm always recommending one particular book because it just opened my eyes and took the scare out of bp so much (as did coming here): it's by David Miklowitz and is called "The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide". I'm constantly referring back to it too -- money *very* well spent! You can get a copy through the Resources/Books section of this side (accessed by the yellow link in the column on the right of this page).

I'm off to bed in a sec, but know that I will go there shaking my head in disappointment at you pdoc for causing such worry!!

Rosie x
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tondalaya
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   Posted 10/11/2006 7:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Rosie,
 
I agree with you on the pdoc, she's a piece of work.  I won't go into some of the other things she said during my visit which were none of her business.
 
Thanks again for your response and your kindness.
 
 
BP IN AZ


CounterClockwise
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   Posted 10/11/2006 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tondalaya,

Any chance you can find a new pdoc? If this is not the only instance of naughtiness (i.e. this isn't just her having a bad day) I would think you'd be more comfortable (and potentially *safer*!!) working with someone more competent!

I know there are all sorts of reasons why this may not be possible, but I really worry about the damage some of these pdocs ca do by not being clear and precise.

You are totally welcome to any help I can give you hun.

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

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linden
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   Posted 10/13/2006 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Re: Lamictal in combo with Lithium has done absolute wonders for me. I is controlling my moods and I think a real lifesaver.

Good luck with you.

Deb

judyinky
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   Posted 10/13/2006 9:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Lamictal has worked well for me. I take it with lithium and an antidepressant, lexapro. I also take klonipin for anxiety. I have had a difficult time lately, but that has been personal and a mix up with my lexapro dosage. If you want to find out what a lot o people have to say about lamictal and other medicatons, they are rated according to their effectivness, side effects, cost, ect. on a site called remedyfind.com. If you go there you will find lots of posts about different psych. meds as well as meds for other illnesses. It's a very informative site, and the people rating the medications are consumers like ourselves. I hope lamictal works for you. I know you hae to take it slow going on it, but it's worth it. For many , it's been a miracle drug.

Good Luck

Judy
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briar
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   Posted 10/14/2006 1:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Lamictal has been instrumental in stabilizing my mood. I think your doctor's melodramatic statement was incredibly irresponsible, and a big sign that it's time to find a new doc.

Stories like yours make me want to take flowers to my shrink.

You might also try checking out crazymeds.com for more clinical info and personal experiences w/ the drug.

CounterClockwise
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   Posted 10/14/2006 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Briar -- great to see you!

LOL -- yes, good pdocs seem to be a rare thing don't they!

Great link suggestion -- thanks! :)

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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