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I have been on lamictal for 6 years now and feel 100% better. I'm taking it for bipolar nos. 350 mg. Will my slight OCD increase?

I have been on lamictal for 6 years now and feel 100% better. I'm taking it for bipolar nos. 350 mg. Will my slight OCD increase?

Probably not: If you have suffered from ocd, a recurrence of symptoms at some time is likely. Ocd is a chronic remitting condition. Any recurrence is unrelated to lamictal, especially after 6 years. ...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


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Take cymbalta (duloxetine) 60, lamictal 100, tegretol 600, klonopin 2.5 for OCD and mood. Is this a safe combination. And is 60 the usual dose for cymbalta (duloxetine)?

Take cymbalta (duloxetine) 60, lamictal 100, tegretol 600, klonopin 2.5 for OCD and mood. Is this a safe combination. And is 60 the usual dose for cymbalta (duloxetine)?

Seems fine: These dosages seem to be workable although it is an intense combination of mood stabilizers. The dose of duloxetine at 60 mg is at the usual amount for the treatment of a mood disorder although higher dosages are thought to be potentially helpful for the treatment of chronic pain. Stay safe! ...Read more

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What r possible alternatives to anafranil in treating severe purely obsessive ocd? Clomipramine along with zoloft, (sertraline) lamictal, propranolol, and trazodo

What r possible alternatives to anafranil in treating severe purely obsessive ocd? Clomipramine along with zoloft, (sertraline) lamictal, propranolol, and trazodo

Hi-dose SSRI, CBT: On the medication side, ssri antidepressants such as zoloft (sertraline) are the most used, often at doses higher than typically prescribed for depression. It's also worth considering psychotherapy. Cognitive-behavioral approaches such as cbt or erp (exposure and response prevention) are often helpful for ocd. ...Read more

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Klonopin 2.5...Cymbalta (duloxetine) 60...Lamictal 100...Tegretol 600. I am treated for ocd/bipolar...Does this sound like a strange or normal combination?

Klonopin 2.5...Cymbalta (duloxetine) 60...Lamictal 100...Tegretol 600. I am treated for ocd/bipolar...Does this sound like a strange or normal combination?

Not unusual....: It's not unusual to see ocd and bipolar together. Cymbalta (duloxetine) is not my typical "go-to" drug for ocd; but if you have a pain syndrome, it may be the best choice. For ocd, I would first go to an ssri. Lamictal and tegretol can both be good choices; what matters is, is each one helpful? Discuss with your doctor and good luck! ...Read more

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Have taken klonopin 1.5, tegretol 600, lamictal 100, Cymbalta (duloxetine) 60 bipolar-ocd for 8 years-liver functions fine-how long before I have liver problems?

Have taken klonopin 1.5, tegretol 600, lamictal 100, Cymbalta (duloxetine) 60 bipolar-ocd for 8 years-liver functions fine-how long before I have liver problems?

Most likely never: While each of these medications have some potential to affect liver function tests - it being greatest in Tegretol - most of the changes tend to be benign (or harmless). I would worry to much, particularly if you doctors continue to monitor this periodically. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Doctor rxed me Lamictal for depression/panic. Take 40mg Prozac (fluoxetine) and 15mg of Valium. Very OCD and depressed on Prozac (fluoxetine) still. Not bipolar. Could it help?

Doctor rxed me Lamictal for depression/panic. Take 40mg Prozac (fluoxetine) and 15mg of Valium. Very OCD and depressed on Prozac (fluoxetine) still. Not bipolar. Could it help?

May: Lamictal is sometimes used for treatment resistant depression. In my experience it's more helpful for the depressed episodes of bipolar & less effective for the manic phases.. ...Read more

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What is lamictal?

What is lamictal?

Anticonvulsant: Lamictal (lamotrigine) is a sodium channel blocker acting on the central nervous system. This reduces transmission of electrical discharges in the brain to reduce seizure propagation. This drug also is a mood stabilizer useful in bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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What is lamictal used for?

What is lamictal used for?

Lamictal: It is an Anti-convulsant medication used for Epilepsy & Mood disorders (off-label). ...Read more

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Why does lamictal cause a rash?

Why does lamictal cause a rash?

Any drug can: Any medication can potentially cause skin rash. Although some are more likely than others to induce a rash. ...Read more

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Can pregnant women take Lamictal?

Lamictal & Pregnancy: That is a decision by your doctor. Who can assess benefits versus risks of being on Lamictal versus not being on it, during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Will lamictal make your head hurt when in sun?

Will lamictal make your head hurt when in sun?

It shouldn't: Lamictal can cause photosensitivty which is a lower threshold to getting sunburned, but it is not known to make your head hurt when out in the sun. ...Read more

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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

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What does the rash caused by lamictal look like?

What does the rash caused by lamictal look like?

Bad hives, and more: Lamictal can cause a rare but sometimes fatal allergic reaction called S.J.S., E.M. Major, or T.E.N. A person can have fever, malaise (general discomfort), skin itching, joint aches, and a fairly rapid appearance of reddened spots or patches all over. The rash can have "target" or "bulls-eye" spots, and even blisters. Eye irritation can occur, as well as sores on eyelids, lips, and in the mouth. ...Read more

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I think I have a lamictal rash, what should I do?

I think I have a lamictal rash, what should I do?

Stop and call Dr: Lamictal rashes can be serious and even life-threatening. I would stop the Lamictal immediately and contact your physician. ...Read more

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Is lamictal a safe med? And will it affect libido?

I like Lamictal: As a psychiatrist I prescribe Lamictal for its fda approved use in bipolar disorder. When used appropriately (slow titration monitoring for rash) I have found it to be safe and effective.

It has a favorable side effect profile with little to no effect on libido or weight.

I have no experience using it for neurological conditions such as seizures.

Good luck, dr. Dave. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Depakote and Lamictal?

Anticonvulsivants: Both Lamotrigene and Valproate are anticonvulsant agents. They have similar actions, mostly sodium channel blockers. Some of the differences are: Valproate is metabolized in the liver, its blood level can be measured, it is more effective in manic states but not depression.
Lamictal has to be increased gradually, is effective in depression, and linked to Steven Johnson syndrome, a serious skin dis ...Read more

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What actually is the interaction of tegretol and lamictal?

Reduction Lamictal: The major interaction of these two drugs is lower Lamictal levels in serum. Other effects of combining these drugs include drowsiness, imbalance, and mental blunting. In general, any way you can be slow down mentally or physically can occur. ...Read more

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The lamictal rash is back after 16 days is this possible?

The lamictal rash is back after 16 days is this possible?

Stop?: If you stopped Lamictal 16 days, it is out of your system (half-life is ~24 hrs.) return of rash could mean: Lamictal wasn't the cause in first place, another rash cause has occurred, treatment suppressing rash has ceased (allowing rash to flare), rash has evolved and is healing (but changing appearance). If things are worsening, then back to your treating doctor! (oh, and avoid hot baths.). ...Read more

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Lamictal makes me feel like a zombie. How do I prevent that?

Lamictal makes me feel like a zombie. How do I prevent that?

D/W prescriber: Talk with your prescribing provider. It is possible that you are on a higher dose than required. Or if it possible that you are not used to living life without big up's and big down's and that this feels foreign to you. ...Read more

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Has lamictal ever been connected to respiratory suppression?

Has lamictal ever been connected to respiratory suppression?

Yes: Lamictal does not directly suppress the respiratory center in the brain but, like most anti-seizure medicines, Lamictal can suppress overall CNS function and thus may impair physical or mental activities that require mental alertness (operating machinery or driving). This effect may be magnified if taking other sedatives or drinking alcohol while on the drug.. ...Read more

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Can lamictal start causing tiredness after six months of use?

Can lamictal start causing tiredness after six months of use?

Lamictal sedation: Yes it can! Lamotrigine is anticonvulsant work by attenuation of glutamate excitatory neurotransmission. It acts in part of the brain that causes activating effects including anxiety and antidepressant actions. Which inhibits na (+) channel activity that in turn reduces glutamate release. Sedation is sign of the need for dosage reduction. Sedation should not be confused with cognitive impairment. ...Read more

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What usually results from stopping an anticonvulsant like lamictal?

What usually results from stopping an anticonvulsant like lamictal?

Do not stop meds plz: With all drugs used to treat epilepsy/convulsions, the major risk of abruptly stopping a medication (i.E "cold turkey") is that seizures may recur and get much worse as in a rebound. This is very serious and can be life-threatening. That is why these medications should only be reduced when the doctor says so and then, they are often reduced gradually over some time than stopped all of a sudden. ...Read more

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Tegretol will lower lamictal.......does lamictal raise tegretol at all?

Check levels: Interaction with liver, binding to albumen and other factors determine levels. Best to check levels if not sure. Be sure to monitor Vit D and sodium levels. ...Read more

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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