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Re: Does lamictal cause weight gain? LostBoyinNCReturns

Posted by Shes_Initforthemoney on March 27, 2012, at 15:25:20

In reply to Does lamictal cause weight gain?, posted by LostBoyinNCReturns on March 26, 2012, at 20:01:26

> I have taken depakote before many years ago for several months. And I know that causes severe weight gain. I also tried lithium augmentation of my antidepressant many years ago and I know lithium also causes weight gain.
> I tried lamictal years ago but did not stick with it, I cant remember why it was so many years ago. But I remember it has some mild mood elevation effects but at the same time anti-convulsant properties.
> Ive also tried Neurontin before and that is kinda what I need, taking a little Neurontin nightly would drop my BP, but Neurontin causes severe weight gain, at least as bad as depakote I found, for me at least.
> I need to add something to drop my blood pressure, but most of the blood pressure meds cause weight gain, except for ACE Inhibitors which is what I am on and Im on a max dose already.
> Does lamictal have a reputation for causing weight gain? Like depakote or lithium?
> I know topomax does not cause weight gain but my Pdoc does not like topomax, it is one of the few drugs he wont rx me, he thinks it is a "junk drug" kind of, I think.
> If lamictal does not cause weight gain, I think I am gonna ask my Pdoc for some, as it elevates mood but also has a relaxing effect which would help my hypertension.
> Thanks,
> Eric

Hi Eric,

Nice to see you back. A couple of, is have you had your testosterone level checked? (Could help a bit with weight gain problems.) Second, I am finding a tiny dose of the BP med Clonidine helpful without causing weight gain.

The Lamictal I found wayyyyy too stimulating. It makes me very irritable, and almost in a dysphoric manic state. I found the same with you with Neurontin, but have success with taking Lyrica (same type of effect, minus all of the side effects.)

Best of luck...

"Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic and we'll change the world," ~Jack Layton 1950-2011




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