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it does help my depression, a little. i will still feel like a piece of sh*t, with no energy, but it helps with the deep self loathing and feeling like i want to die/disappear all day.It sounds smart to change dosages. Perhaps I should ask my psychiatrist if she thinks that’s a good option for me as well.
I really want this medication to work, but not sure if it has actually helped. Perhaps it has helped me a bit with depressions, but not at all with my hypomanic episodes.
I do have a few episodes of hypomania each year, this haven’t changed. My depressions is my main issue, they’re dark and long. Maybe it has helped a bit with the level of depression I have experienced, but not at all all the time. I still have them frequently, but maybe som of them has been a bit more manageable, I’m not sure.
I find it hard to think back and compare the different episodes. My memory is not the best
Can you say for sure that the medication is helping you? Are you’re episodes just as frequent, but a bit more manageable?
Thanks for answering I love my hypo mania too, but the last episodes, not so much the downfall after a hypomanic episode is horrible. When I think about at, I do actually believe that lamictal may have helped me not constantly wanting to die when I’m down. Although I have had a few days when I have been suicidal, it’s not like that all the time. And sometimes even been able to work with myself. But.. I feel like my episodes have become more frequently. That’s a bit weird, considering it’s a mood stabilizer. On the other han, maybe it has something to do with the fact that my depression is a bit more manageable and sometimes pretty manageable.it does help my depression, a little. i will still feel like a piece of sh*t, with no energy, but it helps with the deep self loathing and feeling like i want to die/disappear all day.
It does nothing for my hypo-mania(which is why/when I lower my dose). I think of it as a bandaid to help me get through till my hypo-mania kicks in. I like my hypo-mania. did i say like? I meant love. hypo-mania is when I count my macros, hit the gym 5 days a week, go dating, and im so productive that i feel usefull
That is good news. Do you have any side effects from it? I am having some problems with eye pain but it might not be this medication.I am very fortunate that after trying so many drugs lamotrigine was the one that made a huge difference to my mood. My depression lifted, and it take juggling to get the hypomania under control that's why I'm on a high dose. It did improve my mood at a lower dose
I feel like the longer i am on Lamotrigine, the more sedating it feels. I can mistake that for depression, or maybe it is depression. I only feel better if i increase my antidepressant. It is annoying how every 2 years i need to adjust something because it works less well.I currently take 150mg 2x a day. It worked for me and still is to some extent, but I'm going to talk to my psychiatrist about upping it a bit. I've been depressive for about a year or more with a lot of high stress shit in my life during that. I'm functional most of the time but it's been very rough.
I also take 100mg of Pristiq in the morning. Again that combo has worked decently well but it may be time for an adjustment. I also take 25mg of adderall xr and then 15 of non xr after lunch. Just started that a couple of months ago and wow. Its interesting what that does for people who actually need it. I'm still not really focused but it took away a lot anxiety as the mental fog receded a bit. Not a bad thing.
I've got type 2 bipolar and it was a tough one to nail down because it can act like major depression in how long the depressive episodes can last. Years in some of mine. But no anti depressants on their own really worked for long. Or I'd have such a hard time tolerating them. Cotton mouth extreme nausea, fogged up head, sexual side effects etc. I tried 9 or 10 and they all barely worked. I tried them for 6 mos or more in some cases.
I know I'm lucky in that I don't need the super strong stuff as of yet. I tried Seroquel and even at a below average dose it knocked me flat and I stayed that way all of the next day. Zombie fatigue basically.
Me too with hypomania, but it was because lamotrigine was not preventing hypomania until i had been taking it for 6 months or more. Then i fell to the other side after a year and more depression came. Nothing works well enough for long enough and that balance is hard to find.I was lucky...I was in a depressive phase when i first tried it..2 days after starting the titration, at 25mg, it put me straight into hypomania(or just a good mood maybe, not sure which). and no, it was not placebo.
I got headaches and felt my blood pressure go up when i went to 100mg or above
keep an eye on your blood test/triglycerides....lamictal made mine sky rocket, and I eat a near perfect diet
Hi megirlYeh it took me ages to get the right balance for depression. I found the 500mgs of lamotrigine a day made a huge difference. I also found the high dose of quetiapine also improves my mood. I am very fortunate that for a very small person my system tolerates high doses of medication to take effect. I dont have an sedative type of reaction
WOW, i came up with the same scheme. it's 25mg for me (1/4 tablet) and higher as needed. when my emotions are still out of hand, i add low dose SSRI or low dose cymbalta.Ill begin by saying that everyone is different, chemistry wise, so I am not devaluing the people who take higher doses. however, I severely believe this medications is over prescribed, to addict people. I am rapid cycling bp2.
When I am feeling fine, i cruise at 25mg. When I start to feel my self drop off the deep end, Ill go up to 50, if that doesn't work after a week, i go up to 75, after another week, I hit 100. I never go past 100mg . I don't aim to blunt my depression completely - just make it manageable enough to not sabotage my life. When I stop feeling really bad(a month or 2 for me), ill slowly titrate down by week at a time 75,50, and 25mg, if I can. I have successfully done this for 3 years.it works for me. I reset my chemical tolerance for it, when I dont need it.
No, i don't think it is that, i think you have to wait a couple of months to see if your mood stays stable. If not, you will have to adjust. The psychiatrist will put you straight on, say, 200mg, because then you don't have to keep living month to month.WOW, i came up with the same scheme. it's 25mg for me (1/4 tablet) and higher as needed. when my emotions are still out of hand, i add low dose SSRI or low dose cymbalta.
i'm a huge fan of micro-dosing everything. maybe i'm super sensitive to meds?