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Has someone being on 50 mg of Lamictal for quite a long time and tapperes off?

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Hello - I've been on Lamictal (50 mg at night), Prozac (20 mgs in the morning) and on Klonopin (0.5 mg at night) for treating anxiety and depression. I've been on it for 4 years, and during the last 3 I got extreme fatigue and brain fog. It is now debilitating me - I could not go work. I will talk to my pdoc, however, I'm thinking to tapper of from Lamictal or Klonopin.

I've read a lot of bad stuffs on the tappering of both and I'm now concerned; however, I can't keep the way I'm now.

Is there someone at the same mix?

Given the dosage and period I've been on it, what do you think I should tapper off?

 

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Just because you find someone taking the same meds it is highly unlikely you will have the same reactions. We are each unique.

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Klonipin withdrawal can be rough for some but it's so hard to generalize. Ex- I got off I cold turkey with no issues. Lamictal can be safe if you go very slow. I can't tell you which one to ditch because as said above there are many personal differences...have u. Run it by pdoc? 

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Hi Iceberg - talked to my pdoc and he wants to remove only Prozac, however, honestly, I don't think Prozac is the problem. I mean, I'm not sure Prozac could cause such an extreme fatigue and brain fog.

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Well ur on pretty low doses of the other meds so it doesn't seem unreasonable to try. I know one Person who got serious brain fog from Prozac. It can happen, it may or may not be the answer for you but the pdoc doesn't seem to be being unreasonable 

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Klonopin is a very likely suspect, brain fog and fatigue are well known side effects for benzos. 50 mg is a tiny dose of Lamictal, most people are in the 100's of mgs as a daily dose and do not experience sedation or brain fog. I did not have cognitive and fatigue problems until 600 mg/day. Prozac is generally not sedating but to some it is.

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Thanks Iceberg and notloki. Iceberg, interesting to hear someone got brain fog and fatigue from Prozac.

notloki - even though the dose is tiny for Klonopin, may it be a long term side effect? My pdoc asked me to add 150 mg of Wellbutrin every morning into the mix and depending of how my system will react, increasing to 300 mg in 30 days and in 60 we can start planning to reduce the others.

I hope it works.

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This is what I was being treated for and when I had a melt down, I finally got a doctor that correctly diagnosed me as bipolar 2. Often masquerades as anxiety and depression. I'm on Lamictal, mood stabilizer usually for bipolar. Prozac is an antidepressant and if you happen to be bipolar, Prozac will be great at first but can push you into a manic or Hypomania phase which felt a lot like what you are saying you are experiencing when first diagnosed and I was in denial initially. Stigma. but getting off the Prozac was the right move. If you're bipolar, you should never take Prozac, it can make you worse. So talk to your doctor. Never change meds without doing that first. Could lead to suicidal thoughts and impulsive behavior which for me led to an unexpected  attempt. Hope you feel better.

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On 1/12/2018 at 7:54 PM, misterL said:

Hi Iceberg - talked to my pdoc and he wants to remove only Prozac, however, honestly, I don't think Prozac is the problem. I mean, I'm not sure Prozac could cause such an extreme fatigue and brain fog.

Prozac is probably the problem. It's an unexpected sneak up on you type of thing if you happen to be bipolar, which is probably why they are taking you off as a precaution. Trust your doctors. They are the experts.

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On 1/12/2018 at 7:54 PM, misterL said:

Hi Iceberg - talked to my pdoc and he wants to remove only Prozac, however, honestly, I don't think Prozac is the problem. I mean, I'm not sure Prozac could cause such an extreme fatigue and brain fog.

Also, I LOVED Prozac but extreme brain fog was my primary side effect on it especially in the beginning. It was miserable for about four weeks and then passed. But brain fog and that spaced out feeling is normal for Prozac.

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5 hours ago, JazB2 said:

If you're bipolar, you should never take Prozac, it can make you worse. 

 

If you're bipolar and should never take Prozac, then why did they make Symbyax specifically for treating bipolar depression and treatment-resistant MDD?

5 hours ago, JazB2 said:

Also, I LOVED Prozac but extreme brain fog was my primary side effect on it especially in the beginning. It was miserable for about four weeks and then passed. But brain fog and that spaced out feeling is normal for Prozac.

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Maybe for you it's normal for Prozac. As we like to say, "your mileage may vary." (YMMV)

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