I have been titrating lamictal, was at 25 for 2 weeks, and just started 50 today. I have been having increasingly worse sleep, and the past few nights couldn't sleep without taking klonipin, and still woke in the middle of the night. My question is could this be a temporary side effect that goes away once I am on a therapeutic dose for awhile? I have called my pdoc to see if they can subscribe something to help me sleep. I also take zyprexa (which usually helps sleep but not anymore) and gabapentin. Very stressed out bc I really want lamictal to work for my bipolar depression, and so far no other side effects. I feel like my mood is already better and things are going well except for the sleep issue. Thanks for any input!
I have had a non-stop headache for a week now, or since I stopped Seroquel. I was taking a tiny amount (25 mg) so my psych doc thought stopping it suddenly was okay and I was on it for only a month. However, I have had this headache with nausea since then and it wasn't until I started with the brain zaps yesterday that I wondered if I was going thru Seroquel withdrawals. I have had brain zaps while going off of drugs in the past. I have also had to stay away from anything with bright lights as my eyes have been bothering me to. Originally thought it was a migraine but now rethinking. Then two days ago, I got a horrible muscle spasm in my back. I could feel it slowly coming on, getting acute and slowly going away, never had that before, weird. And having dizzy spells as well that come and go. Oh and hypotension too and regulating body temperatures.
My psych doc wanted me to start Latuda right away, but I want to wait until Seroquel is all gone. I can tell it's still in my system as I am still having rigid muscles and muscle spasms in my legs and neck. Going to give it one more week and let myself dry out before starting on anything.
Taking 600 mg of Ibuprophen daily to help with the headache and ice and hot packs for my back and neck.
Will just have to sweat it out, not going back on that drug again. Now worried about Latuda.
Also, forgot to mention I stopped Pamelor at the same time and was on that for a month as well, at a low dose. So, pretty sure this is all withdrawals I am going thru.
Hi, im not a forum person and also from Sweden so if theres already a thread about this or info somewhere point me in the right direction
anyway, i was diagnosed with cyclothymia alittle more than 2 years ago and been on lamictal since.
worked wonders since im able to have friends now and on the verge of joining the workforce again
anyway, seems lamictal doesnt work for me anymore :/ been having bad headaches and feeling shitty overall for over a month, stopped taking them for 5 days and headache/feeling shitty went away, started taking it again today (at lower dose) and got headache and feeling shitty again... and ive never had issues with headaches at all in my life before and im actually having a pretty healthy lifestyle these days so i see no other connection than it being the lamictals fault
so it seems i have to switch meds. im seeing my psychiatrist again in two weeks and of course i will make decision in discussion with him but I wanna go there prepared so...
anyone have suggestions/experience what med(s) to take instead of lamictal? ive been googling alot and reading on crazymeds so im somewhat aware what meds are out there but its hard for me to tell which ones would be similar to lamictal
tried virtually all SSRI's, SNRI's and Bupripone (together with lamictal) and they all make me crazy and/or feel awful, also been on aripiprazole and wasnt pleasant either.
sorry if rambling/broken english.
I've heard a lot about Latuda for bipolar depression, but didn't know that it was effective for psychosis (which I... probably should have... seeing as it's an antipsychotic.) But since my dose went up to 160 mg, the voices I used to hear have disappeared, my paranoia has gone way down, and I feel much happier.
Has anyone else been helped a lot by Latuda for psychotic-related symptoms?
Hi I have bipolar and have been on Latuda for 2 and a half months and am on 60mg. I had my first panic attack on 40mg and it’s only gotten worse . I used to think my panic attacks were triggered by sleep but now after learning about akathisia, I realize I most likely have that because I’m restless and have tremors and want it to end so badly. I’m in Canada so I could go to the emerg but the likelyhood of me seeing a pdoc is low and my appointment with my appointed pdoc is in ten days. I started to go back down on 40mg and today tried to take it in the day but the irritation is horrible and I don’t know if I can function at work with it.
Its worth noting that I was doing okay on Epival and they took me off it but things wnt to shit. Now I’m back on it and so I will have a mood stabilizer to help me if I get off the Latuda.
Anywyas i I hope this makes sense. My brain is kind of everywhere. I wanna know what the side effects will be and I suppose some reassurance? I’m not sure. Thank you for anyone who contributes.