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Re: ECT ruined my memory!

Posted by ChicagoKat on October 8, 2012, at 12:40:00

In reply to Re: ECT ruined my memory! hmariewv, posted by ChicagoKat on October 6, 2012, at 20:05:09

> > Thank you for this post. My Dr wants to do ECT and I've been worried about it. I took Lamictal generic and had a bad reaction to it. Made me much more depressed and affected my cognition functioning for the worse. I thought ECT might speed up my brain again after the Lamictal slowed it down. I'm also searching for cognition boosting medication. I don't know about the Memantine. Looks like it slows down the brain by blocking glutamate which is what Lamictal does and it made me lose my memory. I am not bipolar so I should never had taken it , maybe thats why I had such a negative experience with it. I've bought several different things over the internet but never found any thing that has made a big difference.
> Be sure you get PLENTY of B vitamins, they are very important for cognition, sorry I forget which ones in particular are the most important but:
> 1. SLS will know and will hopefully chime in
> 2. In the end, it doesn't really matter, b/c since B vitamins are water-soluble you can't really OD on them
> Also, I have a friend who knows a lot about meds and cognition and I will ask him for some suggestions for you and get back to you with the info.
> Lastly, I hope you have decided against the ect, it will only worsen your cognition, but of course it is your decision.
> My best,
> Kat

I'm sorry hmariewv, my friend and I had an argument, and apparently I am no longer friends with the person who knew so much about meds and cognition, so I'm sorry I haven't been able to get recs for you. I would advise you to put out a post specifically asking if there are any good meds that can help cognition, so it will be more recent, and likely to be seen. I would title it 'meds to help cognition?' and hopefully Jono, Scott, or Eric will have some ideas. If anyone has any ideas it will be them. But you never know, there may be someone else who will have a good idea too.
Hang in there,
p.s. I definitely do not have bipolar disease, mine is completely unipolar depression too....and I also tried Lamictal, but I did not experience any adverse events from it; it just did nothing for me. I'm so sorry it was so harmful to you. :(
What other meds were you taking at the time? What are you taking now?




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