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will try to get lamictal JohnX2

Posted by adamie on October 28, 2001, at 12:08:58

In reply to Re: Me and my situation, posted by JohnX2 on October 28, 2001, at 0:47:10


hi. I will deffinetly try to get lamictal prescribed to me on Nov 8th. Which will be my next visit to a pdoc. I will mention how all AD's made me worse among other things.

Until then I might as well try something so I will try Moclobemide if it arrives. Many of the AD's made me worse after the first day. So I'll see how I am after a few days on it.

>
> I think we are somewhat in agreement here.
> Time to go down the more traditional bp
> routes. Its possible you are bipolar II which
> is often difficult to diagnosis. Atypical
> depression symptoms anecdoctally accompany
> bipolar II.
>
> Here is my suggestion: start a Lamictal trial.
> It has a very good track record here of treating
> difficult bipolar depression. It is more likely
> stimulating than sedating like other anti-convulsants.
> I would just add this slowly under doctor supervision on
> top of the zyprexa. Lamictal itself seems to
> have some of the best anti-depressant effects
> as well as mood stablization of the anti-convulsants
> . The fact that zyprexa doesn't make things worse for you
> is also an indicator that you may be bipolar (zyprexa treats
> bipolar). According to Cam, when Lamictal was
> studied for epilepsy it only helped a small portion
> for the epilepsy itself, but curiously 2/3 of the
> patients continued to take the med because it made
> them feel better. This spurred a lot of interest
> by psychiatrists with regards for its potential
> in treating bipolar illnes.
>
> I searched long and hard for a med to get me out
> of a severe major depression, and lamictal saved
> my life. I was left with residual dysthymia, but
> have been able to tinker with meds on top of lamictal
> to address this (currently zyprexa is working well).
>
> I really wish you the best of luck. You have been
> through a lot.
>
> Anyone else agree with my thoughts here?
> I'd like adamie to avoid going down more bad
> paths, and I question moclobemide at this time.
> Incidentally this is what I tried before lamictal.
> Check the "levity" thread to see how much *hit i
> tried before finding solice in lamictal. Not to
> mention trying unsuccessfully all the non-traditional
> routes you are recently asking about.
>
> good luck!!!!!!!!!!
> John
>
> >1 Like John mentioned you seem to be suffering from an 'atypical' depression which is consistant with a bipolar diagnosis. The other consistant fact here is your worsening/non response to AD's- while zyprexa may be a decent choice, have you been tried on lithium or depakote? The best action you might want to try is see a bipolar expert, I may be wrong but I think it's turning into somewhat of a trendy diagnosis and one episode that was not psychotic or obviously manic may not warrent it. Either way your meds need to be reevaluated and I hope you feel better soon- Judy


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