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hi everyone!

i'm new around here and hoping i can get some answers from people other then my docs!

a few things:

i have run the gamet with meds for the past 10 years--bipolar I--and i've finally narrowed it down to depakote-125mg, concerta-36mg and lamictal-125mg.

after depakote for the past 5 years, i had enough last december with feeling, depressed, glum, sad and unmotivated so i add lamictal to the mix. since then, my life has been sunny...i feel like i have never felt before...

the first few months i was high as a kite--in a good way!

however, since may--up to 100mgs, i'm noticing a more swing to my step, if you will. more then anything, lately, i'm noticing my abilty to cry, for no reason, for hours at a time (if necessary!) the smallest things set me off, mostly because i become fixated--which i am prone to. i'm not feeling up or down, just the swing is back--hourly or daily. kinda just moody.

i'm heading up to 150mg next week while coming off depakote--75mg this week.

i have read from many that the increase of lamictal can cause a change in moods until it levels out, but i didn't have this when i started. the inital addition was amazing! i felt great and happy...since increasing now, i feel a bit off.

why?! is this normal? what happened to the bright sunshine from the start? i'm starting to get worried that while i feel better then the depakote alone, i wont ever feel "good". is this just the change from depakote leaving my body and lamictal increasing?

since starting the lamictal, i went vegan and do "good" things for my body and mind with the addition of a new med, but, after 2 years of quit, i started smoking again. vegan, meds, smoking, yes, i know, a walking contridiction.

other then mood shifts, all has been pretty good. i've lost about 10lbs--combination of smoking, lack of depakote eating sessions and veganizm i'm sure! the only thing that's killing me are the nightsweats.

i guess the other question i have is what do i do about birth control.

i know people have talked about this quite a bit and more then anything, i'm nervious about starting it. i have never been on it and having a live in bf...well, you know! i trust other's experiences more then dr recommendations so i have no idea where to being with brands, types, side effects and the actual physical/mental feelings of adding bc to my family of concerta and lamictal. i'm not thrilled about adding another pill, i'm hoping it will play nice and actually help in my moods, because as i get older, i have noticed a strong shift around that time of the month.

sorry for such a long post, but i figured i'd put it all out there!

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I must be the only person in the world who had absolutely no side effects from starting Lamictal, other than it lifting me out of my constant depression. I got up to 400mg though, and was still having some deep, dark moments, hence the Effexor. I have finally hit on the perfect cocktail, and I'm gonna stick with it until it doesn't work anymore! Don't know where to go with the BC thing--I had my tubes tied several years ago.

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Does the fatigue from Lamictal ever wear off? I am on the 5th day of the 25 .mg starter pack, and I can't even get out of bed. Is this temporary? Please help. I just got off of 600mg of Equetro (carbamazepine) because it was causing off the chain fatigue. I had been on Equetro for 3 years. I also take 90 mg. of Cymbalta.

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