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Re: lamictal

Posted by JohnX2 on October 31, 2001, at 2:49:04

In reply to lamictal, posted by judy1 on October 28, 2001, at 17:05:38

You are correct. Technically bpii patients
do not have "manic" episodes, but may be more prone
to short lived hypo-mania. The hypo-mania can be confused with
ADHD at times. Anyways, from doing a lot of studying
I have learned that bipolar patients generally can not
expect to get the typical response to an anti-depressant
that a vanilla major depression has. The "tide" doesn't
tend to just roll in (with regards to lifting the
depression), a lot of bipolars if not on mood stabilizer
can immediately get worse, trigger mania, or worse yet
become cyclothymic.

If adamie wants to try something quicker acting
one may want to consider Depakote or Trileptal
for the model stabilizer. Don't worry, any
anti-manic effect wont prevent an anti-depressant
response. Lamictal for some reason seems to have
its own anti-depressant characteristics and is
sometimes helpful for unipolar depression. A lot
of people who had trouble getting stabilized on
anything seem to do well on lamictal, even if
it is a bitch to titrate the dose.


> I agree it is an excellent mood stabilizer for treatment resistant bipolar 2's- in my case it caused a manic episode the two trials I was on it (through UCSD's STEP-BD program). I am however bipolar 1 which I'm learning through this board seems to be a great deal different than bp2- which seems to have more depressive than manic episodes. Please correct me if I'm wrong here- Judy




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