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   Posted 9/7/2005 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay, doc says I am "border-line" bi-polar, or have bi-polar tendencies, or have bi-polar genes, anyway, she doesn't want to put me on a straight anti-depressant because they can tip the scales one way or the other - anger or depression, with a person who is or may be bi-polar.  Sooo....she put me on the mood stabilizer, Lamictil.  Does anyone know anything about this stuff?  Am I going to end up zombied out?  I have a lot of anger issues.  She said that it is really helpful in controlling anger and also helps with the depression, may give me more energy, ect.  She said if it doesn't help 100% with the depression then she can later prescribe and anti-depressant (low dosage) to go with.  Any thoughts, ideas or opinions about this stuff?  Thanks guys! tongue

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   Posted 9/8/2005 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   

I took lamictal for bipolar. It's not too bad of a med. I don't even recall having any side effects from the drug. I can't take an antidepressant so I was prescribed lamictal. it worked pretty good for my depression. The only think you have to watch with this med is if you develop a rash they why the prescribe it slowly and go up in the dose slowly.

I'm not sure if it made me tired or not because of all the other meds I take but I switched all my meds to bed time because they just made me too tired to take during the day.

Hope this helps some. if you have any other question please ask away.

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   Posted 9/9/2005 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   


Thank  you for the information.  I am now on my second dose.  The only things I have noticed so far, of course, are the side effects.  The first being that I am tired and the second being that I now have strange sleep patterns and vivid / weird dreams all night long.  However, it isn't bad enough (at least not yet) to quit taking it.  Doc said I wouldn't notice a real difference 'till I got to 100 mg in about 5 weeks.  I a going to try to hang in until then and see how I am feeling and if the side effects diminish any.

Thanks again for your help.  If I come up with any further questions, I'll holler at ya'!   cool   God bless!

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   Posted 9/9/2005 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been taking lamictil with several antidepressants for years.  Since nothing provides me with much rellief I may be a bad source of information for you.  I can say this-  it has done nothing to help my angry thoughts.
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