Has anyone used Lamotrigine ?

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   Posted 2/14/2007 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
  Hi Everyone,
 Iam back from the MS clinic in Halifax. The doctor has suggested that rather than go on the usual
Meds for MS, he suggested that I try Lamotrigine  (an epilepy medication that is suppose to work on the electrical impulses in the brain and central nervous system) that they are using for MS patients to help with the nerve pain, mood swings, ( I would like to get somewhat back to my happy go lucky self !) and an ability to concentrate and remember, as my short term memory is the pits. Much of this may be due to me going through the stress of a divorce after 28 years of marriage. Can't put it all down to MS. Does anyone know of anyone taking these meds? Thanks to all of you that can help me.  Dale :-)

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   Posted 2/14/2007 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dale,
So good to see you.  I haven't ever heard of that med.  Why doesn't he want to put you on one of the usual meds?  I'm very sorry about your divorce.  I wish you much happiness in the future.  I know you are going thru alot.  HUGS~`
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   Posted 2/14/2007 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   


Thanks Shelley,

 I have secondary progressive MS and whereas I am not sure of the benefits of the usual meds for 2ndary progressive I have chosen not to pursue them at this time (and because I hate the thought of needles with these unsteady hands.) My daughter who is an ER Nurse came with me to the doctor's appointment which was very helpful as one cannot remember all the things that were said so she wrote a great deal down and asked the doctor some questions that I had forgotten to  to ask. She remembered to ask him about my swallowing and choking and enunciating problems so he is referring me to a speech pathologist. The good thing is that I can go to the MS clinic anytime I want and speak to the MS nurse that has me as his patient. As my daughter lives in Halifax, it gives me a place to stay with someone I dearly love when I am down there. Thanks for answering me so quickly. I know that I have alienated some on the site and I feel badly about that as I am usually a very kind and considerate person.

Dale :-)

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   Posted 2/14/2007 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dale! 
   It's so good to see you posting again :-) Yes I am familiar with the medication, it's also called Lamictal and one of my daughters takes it for a mood disorder.  I'm not familiar with anyone personally taking it for MS but it is supposed to help with depression/mood swings and some types of pain.  Will you please let us know how you do on it?  I wish you the best of luck and I hope some others will be able to give you some personal accounts with this med.  
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