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   Posted 10/4/2016 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been on lamotrigine for about 3 months now. Went from 25 mg/day to now 100 mg/day. Have a couple of questions about it, and hopefully those with experience with this med can shed some light on them. I am having no major side effects, but I am experiencing two issues with lamotrigine. The first is that I am sleeping only 3-5 hours no matter when I go to sleep, and after I wake, and I wake up in an instant, it takes at least an hour or more to get back to sleep, or if I don't go back to sleep, I'm having no major issue with going on just 3-5 hours of sleep. That typically doesn't catch up to me until I've done it about 3 to 5 days - it's like lamotrigine has me alert despite the lack of sleep. That is not normal for me, as I usually need about 7 hours a night.

The second question is about caffeine. Last week, I had more caffeine than I normally do, like the equivalent of two caffeinated sodas a day/ or 1 soda and coffee. I noticed from Monday on, I seemed to become more "wired" for lack of a better term. By Wed and Thurs, I was really wired, but despite being very active mentally, I found I had a lot of trouble concentrating on my work, difficulties in figuring out problems, couldn't actually get much work done - and I spent most of Wed and Thurs just talking, emailing, or texting other employees, a lot, much more than I normally do, and I noticed I was talking quickly, essentially rambling over topics. I could talk, and talk, and talk, but I couldn't be productive with my actual work.

Is there an issue between caffeine and lamotrigine? Has anyone experienced that? In ways I felt I was a bit manic, but I am not sure it was the lamotrigine alone or the combination. I cut my caffeine over the weekend, and I did notice a drop in my mental "high," but it's not a whole lot, and this week, I'm doing better with productivity, but not as well as I had before last week happened. I'm still very talkative at work, like the previous week, even though I have cut my caffeine just about completely. I have only been on 100 mg of lamotrigine for about 3 weeks now.

I am not quite sure what is happening here. The positive, is that the lamotrigine has really done a good job with depression, but I am wondering if it is pushing me the other way. Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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   Posted 10/4/2016 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Taygeta,

I am sorry I can't be of much help since I never used Lamotrigine. However, I know other member who have used it would post.

Meds interact and work differently for everyone. Sometimes they do have interactions with other meds or things we consume. Please be sure to inform your doc about this as they would be able to advise you best. Be sure to monitor how you are feeling daily.

I hope this med will work for you.

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