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Re: Ritch rainbowlight

Posted by Ritch on June 7, 2002, at 8:48:30

In reply to Ritch, posted by rainbowlight on June 7, 2002, at 2:42:25

> I have wondered about the Lamictal too. I was given Lamictal and Remeron at the same time when I was in the hospital last year. I was started on the same doses I am on now (Lamictal 100 and Remeron 30). How would I know which one it could be? Would I have to lower each one and see what happens? How long would it take to know? As always, I am full of questions for you, lol! Oh, another question (LOL!), I took some of the Zoloft again today, 12 mgs. to ease my agitation (I have been off it completely for over a week). Right away within hours I felt much calmer and happier. Is that okay, or is it inducing mania? I have no basis for what "normal" feels like, so I always wonder if my happiness is "normal" or "manic". I am wondering if maybe, as you said you used to do, I could take some of it every other day so it won't build up in my system. Does it stay at a steady level. or do you come down off it?

Yes, that is a hassle when you get started on multiple meds at the same time. It has taken me years to figure out which one actually is helping symptom A and which one symptom B, and which one is *really* causing sfx A and sfx B! Well, one thing you can say for sure now is that *some* Zoloft makes you feel calmer and happier. So, you can probably put an "x" next to that one, and since it is indicated for and does help people with OCD, it sounds reasonable that it might be a med you would want to stick with somehow in some combination at some dosage for your OCD symptoms. Dosage-wise the highest I could stand on Zoloft was 25mg/day absolute max. It wasn't really making me hypomanic, it was the sfx were too intense for me to handle and it did disrupt my sleep (but then so do all SSRI's in varying degrees). I found 12.5mg day to work fairly well for a considerable length of time, but I could take that once every two days and it worked almost as well! You ought to talk to your pdoc about it and see if you can just take 12.5 every other day and see what she thinks. *Then* consider reducing something else that may be contributing. Were you hospitalized for a major depressive episode, or was it for OCD, or was it a hypomanic or mixed episode? Feeling *calmer* is not usually a sign of mania, FWIW :)





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