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Re: What is Lamictal like? psych chat

Posted by emme on October 10, 2009, at 7:59:50

In reply to What is Lamictal like?, posted by psych chat on October 7, 2009, at 10:27:23

> What's it like to try Lamictal for the first time?

I had lots of startup side effects: headaches, tight muscles, feeling a little fluish. Tylenol and a couple of massages took care of it. None of it was bad enough to keep me from concentrating. It all went away in a few weeks. YMMV of course.

Regarding cognitive side effects, I get spacey at higher doses. I'm at 75 mg now and it's fine. The therapeutic range for Lamictal seems to vary from person to person, though doses of 100 to 200 mg are common. Titrate slowly and stop at the lowest effective dose.

> Is trying Lamictal worth the risk while in school? My main concern is that I will be worse off than I am now (regarding side effects) during the trial period. Even a couple weeks of adverse side effects could lead to failing the entire semester....
> I won't be taking any other meds during a Lamictal trial, and have mainly been taking ADD meds for the past 6 months.

I find the Lamictal alone doesn't entirely do it for the depression, but again, YMMV. Perhaps the St. John's Wort will work well with it.

Good luck.





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