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Does Lamictal Make You Stupid?

FlowersInYourHair

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I've been on Lamictal for the past 2 years and I've noticed a difference in my thinking. I can never think of the right word to say when I'm having a conversation with someone. I'll start talking and then I just can't think of how to finish the sentence so I'll just stop in the middle of it. It's embarrassing. And I've seen a difference in my writing also. I just don't sound as smart. And I have trouble remembering things. I've searched the web and found other people who say the same thing.

Does this happen to anyone else who's taking Lamictal?

I'm trying to get off the drug now and now I'm at 100mg (was at 200). I've already noticed an improvement in my thinking.
 
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I only took lamictal briefly but stopped after 3 months/
(It gave me god-awful headaches and trouble staying asleep.. i've always struggled getting off to sleep, but never experienced continual waking every couple of hours until I took lamictal).

So yeah, I can't really comment on whether or not it made me feel a bit "stupid", but it's not uncommon for meds to really slow you down.

It's interesting that you're noticing an improvement now you're decreasing the dose. Hopefully you can feel better once you're off it completely.
 
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I'm on it and have been for years. It was like I discovered how most people are and its been wonderful. I haven't had any problems.

You could be sensitive to it, not all drugs affect people the same way. Or your symptoms of the MH problem underlying are changing. I think we blame the drug sometimes when its other things. But as I say, not all meds suit everyone and no meds would suit us all better if we could get away without them LOL.
 
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