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  1. I have had them checked once since starting the Lamictal and they were fine. That was years ago, though, so I think I will get them checked again.
  2. I have had transient double vision on Lamictal, especially higher doses. I don't have it at all now, on 200mg.
  3. I prefer Valium because it provides smoother, longer lasting relief than the others, IME. Serax is okay too. Ativan and Xanax seem to cause rebound anxiety when they wear off, for me. Never tried Klonopin.
  4. It helped to some extent but no where near enough. It kicked in fast, I'll give it that.
  5. Prozac is often stimulating, yet is used for anxiety. Effexor, Pristiq and Cymbalta are often stimulating too.
  6. I can't remember the exactly but gDoc said it the TSH was very high. I think it was about a hundred or more than a hundred? He said he'd never seen a level so high.
  7. I define it as not fitting the technical criteria for hypomania, mania, mixed or depressive episode and not having done so for a length of time. Enough time that I have been able to resume my usual activities like working, studying and living independentally.
  8. I can't think of any advice to give you other than to take advantage of all the therapy on offer there. I hope it helps you.
  9. What is it about lithium that frightens you exactly? In the long-run there is a risk of a decrease in kidney function and hypothyroidism is another risk, but other than that it is rather gentle compared with many psych meds, IME. I am actually frightened of Depakote and see that as having a worse side effect profile, while not having as many benefits of lithium. Some people use Lamictal as their mood stabiliser. It is milder, doesn't require blood tests or have much in the way of long term risks. However, it doesn't seem to be as effective against mania as lithium or depakote.
  10. Maybe Prozac just isn't the right med for you. Is your doctor fully informed of how it affects you?
  11. Lamictal doesnt affect me that way.
  12. Id just go back to taking generic Prozac from the local pharmacy if it were me. I noticed no difference between brand and generic. The amount of active ingredient is the same.
  13. Perhaps if you stayed on 2.5mg for longer your body would adjust more and you would tolerate the higher dose better when you try to increase it again.
  14. Thanks for the suggestion. I will ask my pdoc for a propranalol script next appointment. I have taken it many times before for tremor/anxiety but didn't try it or anything else for akathisia.
  15. Mood stabilisers like lamotrigine and lithium have some antidepressant qualities and are usually the cornerstone of bipolar treatment. Antidepressants like SSRIs, SNRIs etc are often added to help with depression. Not everyone with BP depression takes an AAP, although many do.