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Re: Need to add an AD to Lamictal ... suggestions?

Posted by dove on December 29, 2001, at 8:05:44

In reply to Re: Need to add an AD to Lamictal ... suggestions? dove, posted by Cindylou on December 26, 2001, at 17:26:32

> I decreased the Serzone by a measly 25 mg. and I felt very sick for a few days -- nauseous, exhausted, kind of flu-like. I didn't attribute it to the reduced Serzone, but could it have been?

Yes, and repeating the procedure will probably let you know for sure.

I wish I had more real-world knowledge regarding the Lamictal, it just leaves me hanging in the wind a bit. I know it's an AED with mood stabilizing and mood-elevating properties? I take Neurontin for these same desired effects, however, Neurontin doesn't "hype" me up, nor does it cause me to become agitated.

Paxil is *definitely* known as the "sleepy" SSRI, more so than any of the others; it is *the* anti-anxiety med of choice at my local clinic. So, my guess is that you would have the least amount of initial anxiety bridging over to it and it might work very well for your needs in the short and long term. Regarding the short-term, if you have klonopin on hand for any emergency break-through anxiety attacks, you are very well prepared.

Celexa has not been as successful for promoting a "soft" anti-anxiety effect from what I hear around me. I have never taken it and thusly, cannot give any personal experiences with the med, but words from many a horse's mouth have found it to be quite a let-down. And there goes the saying, YMMV and every person is unique; and it could be a back-up plan should the Paxil fail.

Regarding med-cocktails, mine hasn't done all that I, or my doctor had hoped it would do. It has stopped a considerable amount of suicidal ideation (my doc's word for thinking about suicide) and any planning, which is really quite good; yet, I still feel awash in the muck of things. I do have a lot on my plate (five kids from 4 to 11 yrs.), and am currently having some marriage problems (we just passed that ten year mark), and my mom was just given a temporary "all-clear" from aggressive Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma discovered between Thanksgiving and Christmas of last year, yet I still feel like I'm wearing cement boots.

I started out on one med and the doc's kept changing and adding from there. The best combo I've been on is the current one, which includes the following:
Amitriptyline, Adderall, Klonopin, Serzone, Prozac, and Neurontin. Although, it does get complicated keeping track of them all :o)

Best of luck to you and don't be afraid of the Paxil, many people find it truly helpful for anxiety! And keep everyone updated ;o)





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