Low Dose Lamictallamictal 50 mg
Posted 02 December 2011 - 08:34 AM
I think i am starting to feel better. Actually....about 60 percent better. Feelings of worthlessness have faded. I actually don't even feel sad right now and usually i feel like "whale shit" during the mornings. Here is the issue though. It seems unusual that such a low dose would help me. Yes, i have heard on here that 25 mg has antidepressant effects. But really, my doc originally said something like "you won't feel it till we get to 150 mg and even then it's so subtle". I still have a week to decide if i need to increase my dosage or not. It just seems really low. If he pushes it up more will it backfire and make me feel shitty?
In case your curious, I am treatment-resistant to all those ssris (selective sucky-meds reuptake initiators). Also wellbutrin wasn't helpful because as we all know its gonna ramp up anxiety. Effexor was like...an ssri...end of story. Cymbalta was like...an ssri. Those two didn't feel stimulating actually more sedating. I am not on any antidepressant at the moment.
Unless i get back to feeling completely like my old self...i guess going up wouldn't hurt. Again i got like a week to decide. I take lamictal at night because supposedly it sedates some people (i hear FAR more about stimulation but i notice neither).
Posted 02 December 2011 - 09:35 AM
Remember that if you raise the dose and it doesn't work, you can always lower it again.
My Brain Salad: BPD, MDD, Insomnia, Anorexia Nervosa, "very likely" C-PTSD, Migraines
What they give me for it: Seroquel 300mg, Wellbutrin 300mg, Lofepramine 140mg, Pizotifen 3mg, Naproxen PRN, Zopiclone PRN, Valium PRN`
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Posted 02 December 2011 - 10:39 AM
Sorry, I was rambling. Anyway, yeah, for me the lower doses made me feel good for a few days afterwards and then I'd go back to feeling "normal", which is actually BAD. But now that I'm at 150mg, I still get depressed from time to time, but when it happens, it seems to be a little less severe and MAYBE there's less time between the times I get depressed, but I'd have to check my mood charts to determine that. Heh. I also take mine at night because it's sedating.
In any case, good luck with the Lamictal! Maybe 50mg is the dose for you, hopefully you continue to feel well.
What the docs wrote down about my Crazy: Bipolar II, Some anxiety issue
The pills they give me to fix this shit: Lamictal 175mg, clonazepam 1mg , Trileptal 600mg
Pills that did NOT fix this shit: Sertraline, Buspirone, Mirtazipine, Paroxetine, Gabapentin, Effexor XR, Lorazepam, Cymbalta(twice), Zolpidem, Bupropion XL, Pristiq, Fluoxetine, Vistaril, Lexapro, Celexa, Trazodone, Geodon
Pills that worked well enough but side effects were total shit so I stopped: Abilify, Lithium, valium
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Posted 02 December 2011 - 11:09 AM
It's not known to be that great for anxiety, so you may find you need something else for that as things progress. But it was a very good drug for me, and is very good for many people.
Posted 02 December 2011 - 07:15 PM
Bipolar I, sports fans. Autism spectrum. With just un soupçon of migraine...
Give us this day our daily meds: 150 lamotrigine, 75 topiramate, 150 Seroquel XR, 100 Seroquel IR, 12.5 Ambien CR, 5 mgs escitalopram (tapering off), 30 mgs Cymbalta, 4000 i.u. Vit. D3
Cyclobenzaprine and Midrin PRN
Past, failed attempts: Effexor XR, Celexa, amitriptyline, Depakote, Geodon, klonopin, ativan, bupropion, busipirone, lithium, trazodone, Lunesta, Rozerem, gabapentine, mirtazapine, Wellbutrin, Temazepam, Sonata
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Posted 15 December 2011 - 02:56 AM
"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain." - Kahlil Gibran
Posted 15 December 2011 - 11:08 AM
Edited by notfred, 15 December 2011 - 11:09 AM.
Posted 20 December 2011 - 11:32 PM
Another thing, once your body adjusts to Lamictal (took a long time for me) it's pretty benign side-effect wise. So don't be afraid of a higher dose for that reason.
Edited by mcjimjam, 20 December 2011 - 11:37 PM.
Dx: BP2, ADD, anxiety
Rx: Lithium 1250mg (0.9mEq/L), Cymbalta 120mg, Concerta 36mg, Remeron 15mg, Inderal 10mg, Valium 10-20mg
Posted 22 December 2011 - 07:19 AM
Edited by Revan, 22 December 2011 - 07:30 AM.
Posted 23 December 2011 - 02:38 AM
Rx: 350mg Lamictal, 150mg Wellbutrin XL, 1mg Klonopin, 30mg Lexapro
What doesn't work: Zoloft, Paxil, Zyprexa, Risperdal, Abilify, Pristiq, Geodon, Cymbalta