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Re: Lamictal Experiences Peter S.

Posted by Ritch on June 4, 2003, at 23:59:20

In reply to Re: Lamictal Experiences Ritch, posted by Peter S. on June 4, 2003, at 15:22:14

My next appointment comes up fairly soon, and it will be my last appointment before I dive into my summertime depressive episode. I didn't want to try Lamictal for this episode because I would titrate the slowest possible way and I would be in the thick of everything at too low a dose to see if it helps much. Also, I tend to get some mixed symptoms during the summer and don't want that to mess with the trial. I want plain-jane vanilla unipolar atypical depressive symptoms for it to tackle (in the wintertime episode), and I want a stable period to ramp up very slowly before that (September+October). thanks!

> Hi Ritch,
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> I generally titrate up in 50mg increments and have had no problem with skin rash. Of course that's just me and it's worth being very careful because of the risk. I wish you the best of luck with it! Keep us updated, and if I find some way to augment the Lamictal effectively I'll definitely post about it.
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> Peter
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> > > Hi all,
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> > > Lamictal is still an enigma to me. It was great for a couple of months and then started to poop out. Now I take 50mg in the morning and it gives me a boost but then poops out in the afternoon. I was up to 600mg but it seems like 50mg works just as well as any higher dose. I've tried Prozac as augmentation which seemed to work for a while but then pooped out too. I'm thinking of trying another SSRI like Lexapro.
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> > > It's great to hear other people's experiences!
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> > Peter, thanks for relaying that info! I wonder also that Lamictal may have a fairly flat dose-response curve for bipolar. No need spending more money or your liver processing more medication than it has to. I wouldn't be surprised if I went up in 5mg increments every two weeks that 25mg would be sufficient.
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