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First, does anyone have any information they could share about Carbatrol?

I've been on Topamax for the last month and well, I knew that I would be expecting another mood stabilizer. I just didn't know which lucky med I'd end up with. I'm on 100mg of Topamax now and I'm doing so so on it. I mean it has been monotherapy...

My pdoc wants me to take 200mg (1 pill) 2x a day for one week then go to 400 mg (2 pills) 2x a day from there and see how I feel. Does this seem to fast to anyone? Why does it seem like he is rushing this? I have been a bit mixie lately. I've had a bit of a crash after coming off of my period, sorry guys, and this is the second month in a row this has happened. I have fallen into a total mixed state from hell. Then a terrible, terrible 24+ hour of sobbing deppression. Just awful. What is up with my horrible hormones? Two months in a row that I have done that??

Anyway, I hate it when I have to start a new med. I start getting all freaked out and scared. Thanks for any advice that anyone can give me. I don't know much about Carbatrol. Sorry to ramble...I'm exhausted and a bit freaked out tonight.

aimee

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My pdoc wants me to take 200mg (1 pill) 2x a day for one week then go to 400 mg (2 pills) 2x a day from there and see how I feel. Does this seem to fast to anyone?

Not really. Starting dosage reccomendation is 200mg 2xday for one week and then up to 200mg 1xday each week after that. But considering how crappy you feel, I don't know that the extra 200mg would be too far off the mark. You may not need it, but he is probably basing it on experience and your response to other meds. The PI says that the minimum effective range is usually 800-1200 mg daily for epilepsy, but it isn't approved for bipolar so there isn't any effective dose range indicated. [Though it is often used as a mood stabilizer]

You should be getting periodic lab work done while on this med.

I justlooked for some of this and I have never been on this med. So I can't give you any personal feedback on it.

~navy~

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Just chiming in that it sounds like a perfectly reasonable schedule. I got up to 800 (had to bail because I was one of the weird ones who got depressed on tegretol). Much higher doses can be used safely. Best of luck with it--it's a great med when it works.

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Thanks Nars. I took my 200 mgs this am and other than feeling pretty tired, a little drunk and ditzy, I feel fine. I hate it when I freak out about a new med. I do it every time I start a new one. It's just me...

Thanks again. I hope that this will be a good fix for me!!

aimee

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Aimee

When I remember, I tell people who want me to drink alcolhol that no need, I'm always drunk. Yeah, ditzy, a little sad, lousy in my yoga class when I need to balance. Part of the life. Tegretol, 16 years, 11 months +/- And maybe you want to change the way you think of sex, I dunno.

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Family went to Target the on Saturday. I was seriously lost without them. My 15 year old was laughing her ass off at me. It's funny for now, but I can see it getting old after a while. I hope I get used to it. As for how I'm feeling, CALM....very, very calm. Probably a little too much info, but hubby and I had sex the other morning and well, I couldn't have an orgasm. This is VERY odd for me. I ALWAYS O, so I'm hoping I won't run into this often.

Thanks for the support guys. It really helps.

aimee

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