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I have bipolar II diagnosis and I'm trying Lamictal 100mg (lamotrigine) and I don't feel any antidepressant effect. I would like to know what dose do you take and what dose do you consider to be a range where it mostly works for bipolar depression. My pdoc has told me that for bipolar depression the range is usually between 100 and 200mg. I have read people that takes even up to 900mg!!
How much time should I stay on 100mg before I realize that I need to increase the dose?
Please share with me your experiences with Lamictal.
Dx: Bipolar II, OCD, Insomnia.
Current Meds: Paxil 40mg, Mirtazapine 30mg, Klonopin 4mg, Lyrica 75mg TID, Amisulpride 50mg, Lamictal 100mg
I don't know where to put this but I belong here.
Lately I have been rocking back and forth, side to side, sometimes just my head. I am in bed trying to sleep. It works.
But I feel weird about it. It makes me feel crazy.
Anybody else do this.
FYI this is Dragonfly23. My other account is messed up.
By Bimbo Bear
Today started off well enough with me relaxing and watching a documentary. Everything was just peachy until I got to work. The most minute things my manager did made me feel absolutely furious! I had to try keeping my mouth shut in order to keep myself from going off at her. She didn't even do anything major, she just wasn't grabbing the register and left it to the rest of us to do... and also wouldn't help us with making smoothies unless we asked her to... and a few other things-- okay, so she freaking sucks as a manager, that makes sense. But the degree of my anger was absolutely uncalled for. I found myself wanting to scream at her, burst into tears in the middle of my shift (even though I wasn't even that stressed), floor the gas pedal on the way home, and be pretty destructive overall. I did none of these things, thank god, but the feeling was still there.
I heard people with bipolar disorder can be irritable, angry and aggressive sometimes as a symptom. Is this true?? This irritation and anger feels like it came out of nowhere. D:
By Bimbo Bear
So I'm getting evaluated for Bipolar disorder on Thursday and during this waiting period, I thought I'd do some in depth research on the disorder. I'm 98% sure I'm going to get diagnosed with Bipolar II or Bipolar NOS (due to how rapid my cycles sometimes are), and since I'm on an antidepressant right now, I needed to see what meds Bipolar folk usually take. That's when I found out about mood stabilizers and all the ugly side effects that come along with them.
To be honest, I'm scared to try any of them with everything that I've read. I just need an antidepressant to keep me out of the depression I get. The hypomanic episodes I get aren't that bad. I'm not driving recklessly, I can control my shopping sprees and irresponsible flirting if I try, and the hypomanic moods keep me peppy at work. Who wouldn't want that???
...If it weren't for just how low those depressive episodes of mine get, I'd scrap the idea of meds altogether, but I can't. Without meds, I can't get out of bed (though my current meds hardly help that, now that I think about it), I'm emotionless or sad all of the time, I isolate, and I sometimes start to contemplate whether the world would be better off without me. It's really awful... but with the plethora of mood stabilizer side effects, is it even really worth it to try with those? I guess only my psychiatrist would know the answer to that (I question her judgement sometimes, though, since she tried putting me on an antidepressant again that previously made me suicidal the last time I needed to switch meds), but I thought I'd ask you guys:
Do you think you're better off with / without mood stabilizers? And why or why not?
By Bimbo Bear
So I'm going to see my psychiatrist on Thursday to get screened for Bipolar disorder. My hypomania isn't that bad in my opinion (especially when compared to the depths of my depression), but my psychiatrist may still want to put me on a mood stabilizer all the same. I'm scared that she may also try to take me off of Viibryd while she's at it and I'm just unsure of what to expect. I've taken 5mg of Viibryd daily since the Summer of last year (I think), to help give me energy during my depressive states and my questions are:
1) Does anyone else know what it's like to come down from or quit 5mg of viibryd? (Feel free to respond if you took 10mg as well!)
2) What were some withdrawal symptoms you experienced?
3) What helped with the withdrawal?
4) I'm not going to have a seizure if I stop taking Viibryd, right? Sorry, there's a history of epilepsy in my family and that's just a huge phobia.