bipolar disorder

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 12/4/2007 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
im a 27 year old male from london. I have had mental health issues since the age of 16. I have tried nearly every medication under the sun (SSRIs, antipsychotics u name it) but none have helped. Ive contemplated suicide on many occasions but what has drawn me back is the heartbreak i would leave my mother.
more recently i was given a lifeline. One doctor suggested i had bipolar and after starting me on lamotrigine, i felt reborn. Even though the drug has been working great for 3 months at 300mg a day, i have recently started developing agitation and inner restlessness which has caused me 2 decrease the dose, however i am still getting the agitation. Has anyone else suffered similar side effects? And if so, does any1 have any suggestions?
I do not want 2 stop this drug as it has worked a miracle 4 me but these side effects are very troublesome

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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 12/4/2007 11:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Readytodie,

Have I felt agitation and inner restlessness? Yes, but I wouldn't call it a side effect of my lamictal, I'd call it bipolar disorder. You've got some anxiety or manic symptoms brewing, ready, and you need to talk to your doc before they get worse.

I think you need to definitely consider some other medications as well as your Lamictal, because it sounds like your manic symptoms are creeping up. Lamictal is a mood stabilizer, but most docs will also prescribe something with the stabilizers to treat the symptoms you're having like antidepressants or antipsychotics to treat depression or mania or anxiety. Have you talked to your doc about your agitation? The lamictal dosage may need to be adjusted, and the doc could give you something for it.

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   Posted 12/5/2007 12:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Ready2die, as the mother to a BP, I want you to know that you are correct...NOTHING would cause your mother more pain than that! You are a smart and loving son to recongnize that and NEVER allow yourself to go there - no matter how bad you may feel. With BP, just know, that when one medication doesn't do the full job, or it becomes less closely with your pdoc as they will work to find the right conbination of drugs to balance you. My son takes 4 meds, twice a day. There is talk of adding a fifth to help improve the ADHD (he also has) during school hours a bit more. So, in my experience this is not a one drug fits all issue. Give yourself a LOT of WILL work its way through. Work closely with your is critical. And as a mother...I hope and pray my son will ALWAYS make a better choice than you. There is always help available verses that alternative. You should take pride in that. I have NO doubt that your mother, who loves you as much as I love my son, DOES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LFW

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   Posted 12/5/2007 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello RTD,

I'm really glad that you posted your concerns here. So far you have received excellent advise from Serafena and LFW.

The only thing that I can reiterate (by being a bi-polar myself) is to get in touch with your doctor and let him know what is going on. The signs point to you needing a medication adjustment. Don't worry, I don't think he will take you off the Lamictal.

Keep us post of your progress.



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