BIPOLAR II DIAGNOSIS - LAMICTAL STRAIGHT FORWARD QUESTION

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roz999
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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 3/28/2007 8:54 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello.  First of all I want to say that this forum is extremely helpful. 

 

My question:  Has anyone out there tried Lamictal after taking an Anti-depressant?  Is so, how did you feel along the way? 

 

All of my life, I have had cycled from being mildly happy to depressed.  I would say that I have been mildly depressed about 70% of the time (other than year 1 of Zoloft @ 50mg).  In 2002, I started on Zoloft and it really worked well at first.  Combining that with good nutrition and exercise, I felt that I obtained a great balance.

 

Over the last year, I have been more and more depressed with occasional times where I would become hyper focused and get all of things done that I neglected while depressed.  I increased the Zoloft from 50mg to 100mg to 150mg with no success.  In fact, I felt worse.  I recently discussed this with a psychiatrist and he recommended I stop the Zoloft completely and convert to Lamictal based upon his diagnosis of Bipolar II disorder. 

I question this diagnosis as I am have always felt that I had dysthimia.

 

I am now on Day 7 of 25mg of Lamictal; I stopped the Zoloft 3 weeks ago.  This is the only medication, other than vitamins, that I take. 

Also, my diet is "average" meaning that sometimes it is very healthy and sometimes it is not. 

 

The problem is that I feel quite bad.  Here are the symptoms:

* Mild dizziness after taking the medicine.  When I turn my head quickly, I can totally feel it. 

* High levels of depression.  A good description is simply miserable.  Now I am concerned about this affecting my work performance.

* Constant fatigue

* Lack of interest in anything - even getting out of bed in the morning. 

* The change along with a get away from the Northeast to Florida opened me to a massive head cold. 

 

I did not anticipate that this change would actually make me feel this bad. 

 

I guess I am trying to decide how long one should endure Lamictal before making the decision that it does not work for them. Have others started feeling this bad before having success with the medication?

 

 

Post Edited (roz999) : 3/28/2007 10:09:01 AM (GMT-6)


gaz
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   Posted 3/28/2007 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
hi ive taken lamial for over 7 years at dose of 400mg you are on quite a low dose how far are there upping your dose to i think coming of an ati depressent and on lamical could make you feel worse in the short term the dizzinez will go away when you been on it longer but lamical has few side effects compared to other drugs the worse side effect is a rash but if there increase your dose gradualy it should  not 
 be a problem if bipolar 2 is correct then lamical is an execellent drug for depression i myself suffeer from bipolar 2 most of your symtoms sound like depresion give the lamical time it has been so so for me helped but not as well i would like 

roz999
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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 3/28/2007 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I am on their packaged program.

Weeks 1 & 2: 25-mg per day
Weeks 3 & 4: 50-mg per day
Week 5: 100-mg per day. Then appt with psychiatrist.

I actually do question my diagnosis of bi-polar II. I told the doctor that my mood swings go from deep depression to just above "normal". The cycle time is about 2 weeks. He said that Bipolar II is different than Bipolar I. He said that I had a typical experience with an anti-depressent where it worked well for time and then tapered off.

Also, I need to figure out also what effect life events have on this situation. Because of my depression, I was unable to purpose marriage to my girlfriend and she is now leaving.
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