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Can even a low dose lamictal exacberate anxiety?

Can even a low dose lamictal exacberate anxiety?

Anxiety has been: Reported in 4 % of people. Regarding sensitivity to side effects - it is variable regarding the dosing. If you just started it - hopefully, it will reduce. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Which would be more prone to cause anxiety tegretol or lamictal?

Which would be more prone to cause anxiety tegretol or lamictal?

Lamictal: People taking depakote tend to feel somewhat tired and fatigued. Lamotrigene tends to be activating and energizing- at higher doses some people experience that as restless anxiety ...Read more

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What is better for chronoc anxiety lamictal or neurontin (gabapentin)?

What is better for chronoc anxiety lamictal or neurontin (gabapentin)?

Niether: Niether have strong evidence supporting their use in anxiety. Neurontin's effects on anxiety are thought to be mediated through its effects on the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA (similar to, but much more subtly than, benzodiazepines). Lamictal is still being investigated for use in anxiety because it can reduce activity of the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamine. ...Read more

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Is it a better idea to take lamictal a few hours later than tegretol...I've heard together they can cause anxiety.

Is it a better idea to take lamictal a few hours later than tegretol...I've heard together they can cause anxiety.

Side Effects Worries: Usually the best plan is to take your medications together. Why? Because if you take medications more than twice a day the medication schedule starts to control you, and you are more likely to forget to take them. Every patient does not have the same side effects. The person reporting the side effects may have other factors unknown to us. Keep a medication/side effect diary to track your own. ...Read more

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Can anything deadly or harmful for the body happen If you don't take zoloft (sertraline) and lamictal the same time every day? Or is this just irrational anxiety?

Can anything deadly or harmful for the body happen If you don't take zoloft (sertraline) and lamictal the same time every day? Or is this just irrational anxiety?

No: As long as you don't take either medication too close together. I often prescribe Zoloft (sertraline) at bedtime as it may be sedating for soe people. Lamictaliusually prescribe in am. Themost important thing is that you take both daily on a consistent basis. Relax take some deep breathes and know tht we are here on Healthtap 24/7 to answer your questions ...Read more

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Never been allergic to Zoloft (sertraline) and lamictal, which I am using now.!! What is the chances that I will become allergic to them now? Is this just anxiety?

Never been allergic to Zoloft (sertraline) and lamictal, which I am using now.!! What is the chances that I will become allergic to them now? Is this just anxiety?

May need further eva: If you developed a rash recently, this needs to be evaluated further. Lamictal, in particular, may need to be discontinued. The fact that you did not have a rash before while on Lamictal does not preclude the possibility that you have developed a reaction to it. ...Read more

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If you have tolerated Zoloft (sertraline) & Lamictal for over a year. Then it's unlikely to suddenly become allergic to them? I'm asking because of health anxiety.

Probably not specify: There have been cases of delayed hypersensitivity to Lamictal, however, to the best of my knowledge it would not occur years after being stable on both meds. Are you saying that you have a health anxiety that you think is allergic in nature? Or are you experiencing specific allergic reaction symptoms- if so what are they? ...Read more

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What is the best med.4/social anxiety¶noia that comes n goes? What about ativan4/anxiety? N what med.4/paranoia? Already take lamictal n effexor (venlafaxine).

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What is the best med.4/social anxiety&paranoia that comes n goes? What about ativan4/anxiety? N what med.4/paranoia? Already take lamictal n effexor (venlafaxine).

BPD: Sounds like panphobia which is intense anxiety due to imagined fear. Antidepressents used for anxiety can be worth a try, along with psychotherapy using cognitive work. ...Read more

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Taking 100 mg daily of lamictal for seizures, could it also help with mild depression or anxiety? Feel more resilient on it than before.

Taking 100 mg daily of lamictal for seizures, could it also help with mild depression or anxiety? Feel more resilient on it than before.

It could: Lamictal has mood stabilization qualities and is also approved by fda as a mood stabilizer. It is known to help especially with lower end of the mood. Enjoy the ride. ...Read more

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I have bipolar why does my doctor have me on lamictal and gordon, and I've seen on everything for anxiety it seems at I can is the current and amdien.

I have bipolar why does my doctor have me on lamictal and gordon, and I've seen on everything for anxiety it seems at I can is the current and amdien.

I am confused: Because I see klonopin, Paxil ; lithium listed as your medications. Lamictal is a mood stabilizer. Geodon (ziprasidone) is an atypical antispychotic. Ambien is for sleep. Both mood stabilizers and atypical antipsychotics can be used for the treatment of bipolar disorder. Most psychiatrists are shying away from treating bipolar disorder with antidepressants. Take care. ...Read more

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I take 200mg of lamictal (bp2) and 150 buproprion for depression/anxiety. My anxiety has been steadily getting worse. A caffeine reaction? Any ideas?

I take 200mg of lamictal (bp2) and 150 buproprion for depression/anxiety. My anxiety has been steadily getting worse. A caffeine reaction? Any ideas?

Discuss with doc: Lamictal is a mood stabilizer & may help depression wellbutrin (bupropion) is an antidepressant that is stimulating and doesn't help anxiety--need to talk with your doc. ...Read more

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Can you suddenly become allergic to Zoloft (sertraline) and Lamictal? I'm not allergic to them. Yet I'm afraid it will make my tongue and throath swell. Anxiety?

Fear of allergy: To be clear, you're saying you suffer from anxiety, hypochondriasis, and that you are not currently having any allergy/physical symptoms? It sounds like you are having sxs of hypochondriasis and anxiety = fear that you will develop a sudden allergy to your meds. As you've no physical symptoms at all now, risk of hypersensitivity is quite low. ...Read more

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Can you suddenly become allergic to Zoloft (sertraline) and Lamictal? I'm not allergic to them. Yet I'm afraid this will happen. Is this irrational fear? Anxiety?

Yes: Drug allergies usually start overnight. You either have allergy to some medications or you don't. .. In some select cases you may develop allergy to certain agents after using them number if times. .. I look at this mostly as a compulsive thought behavior. .. ...Read more

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In addition to tegretol, lamictal, cymbalta (duloxetine) my dr. Wants me to take 1mg of klonopin 3 xdaily. Does this mean that a person has serious stress/anxiety?

Not necesstsartly: Your doc is trying to find a combination of meds to control your sx. Klonopin (clonazepam) is safe ; effective for anxiety ; also helps mood stabilization. ...Read more

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Why is Lamictal used as an off-label anti anxiety medication? My doc just prescribed me 50mg daily and also taking Paxil (paroxetine) 20 mg.

Talk to your doc: I treat a lot of anxiety but don't use lamictal for it. You need to ask your doctor what his thought process was in choosing that medication. Is it possible he thinks you have bipolar depression? there have been reports of lamictal being helpful for anxiety but its not a common or widely accepted treatment for anxiety. ...Read more

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I have bipolar ii, taking lamictal 200 mg, lyrica (pregabalin) 500mg (for anxiety, bc. Nothing else had helped) but still have a lot of anxiety. Any advice?

Things you can do.: Don't expect medications to be the total answer. Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be quite effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition with 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, qi gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises & meditation. Don't isolate - spend time with friends & >>. ...Read more

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I have been on 150 mg of Wellbutrin (bupropion) for years. 2 years ago 25 mg lamictal. Ativan. 05 as needed. Now on Zoloft 25 mg for my anxiety. Zombie feeling?

Psychiatric Meds: Let your psychiatrist know how you are feeling on this medication combination so that your meds can be optimized. Take care. ...Read more

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Get headaches behind the head. Is it due to depression/anxiety or meds? I'm on haldol, (haloperidol) lithium, and lamictal. MRI normal.

Get headaches behind the head. Is it due to depression/anxiety or meds? I'm on haldol, (haloperidol) lithium, and lamictal. MRI normal.

Occipital HA: Review your medications & symptoms with your doctor to rule out muscle tension that could relate to the psychotropic medication Haldol (haloperidol). ...Read more

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I take 400 mg lamictal 40 Paxil (paroxetine). 5-1 clonopin for bipolar/anxiety. Slept well at first now restless at night and nap 2-4 hrs. During the day. Help!

I take 400 mg lamictal 40 Paxil (paroxetine). 5-1 clonopin for bipolar/anxiety. Slept well at first now restless at night and nap 2-4 hrs. During the day. Help!

See below: Please consult your prescribing provider to help you figure out what's happening with your medication (s). Also, napping 2-4 hours during the day might interfere with your night sleep. ...Read more

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Any suggestions how to cope with stress and anxiety that is affecting my job performance. Use. 5 mg ativan (lorazepam) for insomnia & lamictal for mood disorder?

Anxiety: Try using the free anti anxiety app featured on the soundmindz. Org website and also consider reading my latest book, "managing the stress of success" featured on the same site. If your stress continues consult a mental health professional as psychotherapy can be very helpful in reducing stress and anxiety. Best. ...Read more

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I have sever anxiety and suicidal thoughts. I was diagnosed with bipolar but not sure it is true. I receive invega (paliperidone) and lamictal but they not helping.

Suicidal thinking: Suicidal thinking is an abnormal experience regardless of potential cause. Invega (paliperidone) and Lamictal are both medications that can be used to treat bipolarity and it's complications. Uncontrolled anxiety and suicidal thinking are risk factors for suicidal behavior. Suicidal thinking is an indication for medical evaluation as soon as possible. Continued openness of thinking will facilitate medical help. ...Read more

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Simple partial seizures. Got off lamictal because of anxiety; off vimpat (lacosamide) because of depression. Does this suggest I wll have problems with keppra?

Not legitimately: No, one can have completely different reactions to each of these agents, and these two aren't enough alike to cause up front concern. ...Read more

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Wellbutrin, (bupropion) zoloft, clonaz, do not help anxiety, after a month lamictal has not helped. It's so hard not to self medicate w opiates. Idk what to do there is too much time between count sendlein sessions?

Wellbutrin, (bupropion) zoloft, clonaz, do not help anxiety, after a month lamictal has not helped. It's so hard not to self medicate w opiates. Idk what to do there is too much time between count sendlein sessions?

Please: Please go to an na meeting. Please call your sponsor. Please go help another addict. Please get out of your fear. Please know that no pill will solve this problem. None. ...Read more

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Zoloft, (sertraline) seroquel, lamictal and klonopin. Anxiety is gone but I have been using the restroom more for bowels and diarrhea lately. Is this normal?

Well: This is NOT NORMAL
Please contact your Dr., it is unlikely related to you medications.
Please drink a lot of fluids in the meantime ...Read more

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Taking lamictal 200 mg, and Zoloft (sertraline) 150 mg against anxiety. Not bipolar. Will I ever be able to quit them, when doctor is observing me? Can they harm me?

No harm: And yes, especially with therapy if you really have that desire you might be successful at weaning off meds slowly under dr supervision ...Read more

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Is it ok to take trittico &Lamictal? Chronic anxiety & insomnia, cluster of first ever grand mal seizures, after near fatal accident, 6 ops, pain meds

Is it ok to take trittico &Lamictal? Chronic anxiety & insomnia, cluster of first ever grand mal seizures, after near fatal accident, 6 ops, pain meds

Discuss with doctor: There may be drug interactions between Trittico and Lamictal. You're also taking pain meds which you don't list. You should check with neurologist or doctor who is treating you for grand mal seizures if ok to add this medication with all the meds you're already on. Glad you've gotten help after terrible accident. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Bipolar (controlled -lamictal, carbamazepine), anxiety-semi-under control (lorazepam, temazepam, cymbalta) and ADD problematic- considering Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine)?

So much medication: It might be necessary to take some drugs but I question the risks already and adding the new one is especially bad w/ cymbalta (duloxetine). It can cause severe anxiety! Also serotonin syndrome. Almost all of your meds combine to cause a host of symptoms like dizziness, confusion and general impairment. Please consider a good psych eval and adding good psychotherapy to lower need for Rx and help them work! ...Read more

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Could long-term daily use of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) & lamictal (for depression & anxiety) cause a decrease in sexual desire or vaginal dryness or pain? (in females)

Could long-term daily use of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) & lamictal (for depression & anxiety) cause a decrease in sexual desire or vaginal dryness or pain? (in females)

Possibly: These drugs may impact sexual function. Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) may prolong or prevent orgasm and cause mucous membrane dryness. Lamictal may decrease libido. You and your doctor need to weight these side effects with the benefits you derive from using them. There may be alternative medications you can use, or treatments to counteract these effects if you decide to continue to use them. ...Read more

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Been seeing docs since childhood. ADHd, bipolar, anxiety. On lamictal, lithium, klonopin, vyvanse, opana and symbyax (fluoxetine and olanzapine). Chief complaint anhedonia. Advice?

Drug interactions: Your symptoms are possibly related to the number and types of medications that you are taking. Please consult your psychiatrist or personal physician for a complete medication review. ...Read more

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When you started to take lamotrigine and you feel little bit anxiety shud you stop that or no?

Lamictal: If started low dose 25mg., continue & inform your doctor if anxiety does not subside in a week or gets worse. ...Read more

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I was taking Lamical for 2 weeks I had developed violent intrusive thoughts I was told to stop cold turkey and than put on latuda (lurasidone) my anxiety worsen?

I was taking Lamical for 2 weeks I had developed violent intrusive thoughts I was told to stop cold turkey and than put on latuda (lurasidone) my anxiety worsen?

You apparently: Have a BIPOLAR Disorder and really require some answers from a PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGIST!
Yup that;s a "mouthful" but your PSYCHIATRIST will know what I mean and if you are NOT being treated by a Psychiatrist YOU SHOULD BE!
My Opinion Only!

Hope this helps and Good Luck!

DrZ ...Read more

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Taking escitalopram 10 mg, 200 mg lamotrigine and 100 mg seroquel (quetiapine), I still have anxiety during day which medication can help for anx during the day?

Maybe not more meds?: Hi Jeta, You should consult your prescriber for additional options. Psychotherapy is very effective for managing anxiety by helping you examine worrisome thoughts and teaching you coping skills. Individuals I work with have found some of the self help tips on this website useful for generalized anxiety: http://www. Anxieties. Com/115/gad-intro#.V8Q1MpgrK01. Hope this is helpful. Take good care. ...Read more

Lamictal (Definition)

Lamictal (lamotrigine) is an anti-epileptic medication, also called an anticonvulsant. Lamictal is used either alone or in combination with other medications to treat epileptic seizures ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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Lamotrigine (Definition)

Lamotrigine is employed to treat psychiatric problems, and epilepsy. It is one of many meds that can help multiple ...Read more