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question about lamotrigine

moyet

moyet

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Hi,

I've been on lamotrigine for around 4 months and have titrated up to 200mg per day. It does seem to be having a positive impact on my depression. It hasn't gone away but I'm generally more motivated and when I do feel depressed it doesn't last as long or hit as hard. Just one thing I'm noticing is I seem to experiencing hypomania a lot more. It's not been too problematic but doesn't last as long.

There are other possible reasons for the increase in hypomania such as I'm more open with family and friends so have their support, and it's spring time (just) so perhaps this is affecting my moods. Plus I'm doing a group therapy course which makes you more mindful so maybe I'm more aware.

I was just wondering if anyone found this? Depression: yes it's helping, hypomania/mania: possible increase or rapid cycling
 
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RubyGloom

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People (and my doc) say that it increases the chance of hypomania as it has an antidepressant property.

I was kind of looking forward to that effect, but actually it seems to be doing the opposite to me and has made me permanently emotionally dead or depressed.
 
moyet

moyet

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Thanks for your response Ruby. I posted on the bipolar UK forum too and I was told the same. In fact, the person who responded was sectioned due to it spiraling into full mania. I've been on it for a few weeks at this dose so it's well and truly in my system and I believe 200mg is a therapeutic dose so I hope you will get better results soon. Xx
 
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RubyGloom

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Thanks for your response Ruby. I posted on the bipolar UK forum too and I was told the same. In fact, the person who responded was sectioned due to it spiraling into full mania. I've been on it for a few weeks at this dose so it's well and truly in my system and I believe 200mg is a therapeutic dose so I hope you will get better results soon. Xx
I was put up to 300mg because I was feeling pretty crap at 200, so the thinking was to give me more to make it better :scratcheshead: all it's done is make me worse, after seeing the gp Tuesday she told me to drop back to 200mg and come back in a month.
Today has been a better day already, hoping it's not just a coincidence (or a natural 'mood swing' under the meds) as I'm not looking forward to feeling like crap again.
If I do, I think I'll come off them and just go back to how I was.
 
megirl

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Lamotrigine for me worked really well and my depression started to lift really quickly. I did still experience hypomania at times but after some time of increasing the dose my mood stablised
 
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bailey1593

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Been taking lamotrigine for 5-6 years. It's not been a huge issue to me, but it's not MASSIVELY beneficial. It helps somewhat, but frankly, I don't feel it helps enough in my situation. I've changed a lot of meds, but I think it's time to try changing this one. The only reason I haven't is because it hasn't hurt any, and it does help - If only slightly.
 
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Cat Lady

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I am on a low dose of lamotrogine. I started it in December but kept stopping as I was pretty unstable. I am now slowly titrating it upwards and very impatient but have been told it can take a long time to become effective and it is meant to be a mood stabiliser. I had to fight to get it so want to give it a chance.
 
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