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curious about other people's experiences with lamictal?

libbycrossings

libbycrossings

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i have bipolar 2 and i started taking lamictal about 5 months ago and i feel like i just feel worse but i do notice i have less hypomanic episodes according to my family but personally i would take a hypomanic episode over this bad of a depressive episode because these depressive periods are lasting months without any change in how low i feel and i'm having a lot of suicidal thoughts. i'm also afraid to just stop taking it because last time i did for around 3 days i had an intense reaction. i got really angry (and i don't usually experience manic rage ever) and had a really bad panic attack for no reason. i'm not going to do anything without talking to my doctor first but i am just curious to hear other people's experiences with it as well, negative or positive, it doesn't matter.
 
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aisha23

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welcome to the forum.

it is nice to meet you

hope it helps being here
 
jb5784

jb5784

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I stopped taking it for three weeks and had terrible side effects. It felt like the room was always spinning, I was hypomanic, and could see things other people could not. I got back on it and haven't had any problems since.
 
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Notalwaysever

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I took it a long time ago but I remember it making me get very angry over nothing. Apparently that is not a normal reaction to it but that was my experience.
 
LadyDomino

LadyDomino

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I'm on lamictal (lamotrigne) and have been for over 8 years. It stopped the manic episodes, but I am far more a depressive bi polar. The docs wanted me to come off it as I'm also on Lithium, but when I tried my head was out of control, I couldn't think straight. I ended up drinking (at the time I had been 4 years sober, after being a very active alcoholic). It was only one blip, but the docs were quick to let me go back to my old dose.
 
limbo_grrrl

limbo_grrrl

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I've been taking Lamictal for a year and it has both pros and cons. My mania finally calmed down and didn't show up too often. My hair didn't fall out like it does from lithium.
But the depressive episodes got worse. I have a lot of suicidel thoughts and attempts. I have to take an increased dose of antidepressants to somehow normalize my condition. In the beginning, my prolactin levels increased because of the dopamine blocker. TW: lactation. Often there are such as if milk discharge. I also have pimples, but these are small things.
As jb5784 has already written, there are moments when the room is spinning. I feel like the floor is wobbling and I can't sleep for a long time. TW: vomiting. This is physically bad and can lead to vomiting.
I didn't want to scare you. Because all these pills have a lot of side effects. But we have to choose the best from the worst. I hope you will be better and already find your useful meds.
 
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Shasta_Dan

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Jan 14, 2020
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I tried Lamictal and had to stop taking it right away because of adverse side effects.
 
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