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Re: ssri to Lamictal? chloe

Posted by JahL on May 22, 2001, at 21:10:21

In reply to Re: ssri to Lamictal?, posted by chloe on May 22, 2001, at 20:17:32

> I added gabapentin to help with the raciness and insomnia with Celexa. I find it a rather "weak" drug, however.

My impression also. Can't say it's doing anything. No real side-effects at least.

> I am still racy and irritable, but just feel more sleepy during the day.


> I also take Trileptal (cleaner form of Tegretol) for mood stabilization. It works great, but I have terrible dry skin, itching, painful scalp (folliculitis), and photosensitivity that makes me stay inside until the sun goes down. So, I can't go up anymore on that one, unfortunately...

That's something I'm interested in. Probably only available in the US tho'. Also, a cleaner version of Carbamazepine (Oxymazapine?) that Elizabeth mentioned. Can't wait for Preglabin (sp?) either.

> Did I mention I get hypomanic on 4 mgs of Celexa!

I became (mildly) hypomanic on a similarly miniscule dose; my pdoc didn't believe my rpts of euthymia/hypomania until I paid him an unexpected visit whilst on the Celexa. He was shocked at how much more well-adjusted, lucid &, well, more intelligent I seemed.

> If you don't mind me asking, do you find Lamictal helpful for anger and irritability? Or just S.I.?

What's S.I.?
None of the AEDs help with irritabity/restlessness. In fact I find 'homocidal' thoughts are, for me, the next step up from suicidal thoughts, which AEDS vanquish. I am annoyed by everything (esp. people) & often harbour v. 'dark' thoughts concerning certain individuals deserving of my wrath. Too depressed to do anything about the urges tho' :-) . Also, for the life of me I cannot sit my ass down for so much as a minute. There are furrows in my carpet where I pace up & down!

Are you sure you've no Bipolar tendencies?





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