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Re: Sick of these mood stabilizers Buckeye Fan

Posted by sac on May 20, 2004, at 21:16:07

In reply to Re: Sick of these mood stabilizers, posted by Buckeye Fan on May 20, 2004, at 13:28:30

Hello. Thanks for your response. My diagnosis is Bipolar II, predominately depressive but without mood stabilizers, I also have hypomanic swings. Nothing too dangerous (except spending too much money and heightened irritability). If it wasn't for the depression that follows the "up", I wouldn't mind but the depression is what becomes dangerous for me. I still feel that the mood stabilizer side effects are worse to put up with on a day to day basis. Basically, on the Lamictal I feel stimulated but not in a good way. Agitated is more like it. Also, in the evening I crash and become depressed. I feel pretty much dysphoric most of the time on this despite the Prozac. This has been my experience with Lamictal. I realize I have not exhausted all the possibilities out there either so I may keep trying.

> You are not alone Sac!
> It is a constant "weighing" between evils, as far as these mind-altering drugs are concerned.
> Were the symptoms of Bipolar worse than the effecs of your Meds?
> Lamictal contains the activeingredient lamotrigine
> It is usually prescribed to control mini-siezures
> the side effects are:
> drowsiness
> upset stomach
> vomiting
> diarrhea
> changes in balance
> loss of taste and appetite
> headache
> irritability
> insomnia
> It sounds to me like your dpression is NOT responding to the Meds you have tried.
> Keep trying..dont give up...and know that the zest for life WILL return.!
> God bless
> Buckeye Fan




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