New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 37
   Posted 5/26/2006 6:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Since starting my Lamictal I have been having very vivid and real dreams. It is really weird. Last night I was dreaming and when I woke up it was like the event actually occurred. I was extremely angry when I woke up. 

Regular Member

Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 160
   Posted 5/26/2006 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm on Lamictal too.  Don't know if vivid dreams are a side-effect, but could very well be.  I've always dreamed a lot.
When I was taking Methaline for brainfog, my dreams were so strange, I couldn't get back to sleep and stopped taking it.
Might want to let your Pdoc know what's happening so she can adjust the dosage.
Best wishes.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 4031
   Posted 5/30/2006 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi soul,  I have a friend that has bipolar and he is always talking of having vivid dreams at night.  He also says that he feels like he doesnt get any sleep or good rest due to his rapid dream cycles.  He isnt on  Lamictal and has never taken that medication.


Regular Member

Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 29
   Posted 5/30/2006 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Soul - My 14-year-old grandson lives with me and my husband.  He has bipolar disorder with psychotic features.  He dreams often of sharks attacking him or other frightening ordeals.  He will describe the fear, pain, blood, and crying in great detail.  He demands that it was very, very real and has been known to suffer for several days over the fear of going to sleep because he might dream it again.  He does not take Lamictal as part of his medication regimen.  I have talked with his therapist and psychiatrist on several occasions about these dreams and they have told me that people who are bipolar often dream very vividly.

I would ask your pdoc just to be sure.


Dx: August 2004; bilateral mastectomies September
Diverticulosis, GERD, depression
Life is lived in the present.  Yesterday is gone.  Tomorrow is yet to be.  Today is the miracle.
The challenge may not be easy, but it is possible.

Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 37
   Posted 5/31/2006 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you. I have an appointment tomorrow afternoon. I've been on Lamictal for 3 weeks now. I have seen an improvement, but notice that irritability springs up still.


olivia of course
Veteran Member

Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 1523
   Posted 7/7/2006 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I took lamictal for about a year, but stopped for reasons unrelated to the dreams.  I did have strange/vivid dreams while taking lamictal.  Sometimes, I would swear it was really happening in real life, except for when I woke up and noticed otherwise.  I am not trying to tell you to stay on it if you do not like what is does, but maybe try to wait it out a bit.  Most mood stabilizers do not take there full effect in up to a month or more.  But if you feel life this is not the drug for you, then you should talk to your pdoc and talk about other options.

New Member

Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 12
   Posted 7/7/2006 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I keep having dreams that I'm dying, but I'm not on lamictal---
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, shouldn't crazy be too?

Stay strong!!!


Reesa Shea
Regular Member

Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 53
   Posted 7/17/2006 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   

I have never taken Lamatical, however, vivid dreams are very much a part of life for me. I find the dreams are so real to me that I am haunted for days, trying to figure out what is real. In one istance I dreamt that my brother was killed, it took me three days to not be startled to see him walk into the room.

I would suggest charting (however you wish to) your moods and then the dreams you have. I found that mine are very much related to stress and depression, and I rarely get them when I am hypomanic. I know it doesnt help take them away, but it may give you some answers, which in itself helped me not be so freaked out at my in-ability to separate dreams from reality.

Hope this helps you out. Good Luck.


Ellie 1
Veteran Member

Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 1291
   Posted 7/17/2006 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Maybe thats whay I don't get them, I'm almost always hypomanic. I haven't taken lamictal yet either though pdoc was discussing that at my last appt.
Good judgement comes from experience and alot of that comes from bad judgement.

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Monday, December 18, 2017 2:22 AM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,906,658 posts in 318,984 threads.
View Active Threads

Who's Online
This forum has 158324 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, 465456.
214 Guest(s), 8 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Georgia Hunter, Dahlias, Aset28, getting by, 142, testuser1234, Szabo246, Subdenis