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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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Prescr. For depression: 1, 5 cipram in morning, 0, 5 seroquel (quetiapine) in evening (to help me sleep), 2x2 lamictal (to avoid future dep. Crisis) but i aint manic?

Prescr. For depression: 1, 5 cipram in morning, 0, 5 seroquel (quetiapine) in evening (to help me sleep), 2x2 lamictal (to avoid future dep. Crisis) but i aint manic?

Need more info: If i understand your concern, you are taking a combo of citalopram (an antiderpressant); seroquel (quetiapine) (an antipsychotic often used for either insomnia or as a mood-stabilizer); and Lamotrigine (a mood-stabilizer used for either acute depressive symptoms or long-term mood-stabilization). That combo is prescribed for both unipolar and bipolar depression. Ask the md to explain what he is treating you for. ...Read more

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Which is a better choice if you are psychiatric meds.bystolic (nebivolol) or atenenol.on seroquel(sleep)..tegretol..lamictal...klonopin .luvox...vytoryn?

Which is a better choice if you are psychiatric meds.bystolic (nebivolol) or atenenol.on seroquel(sleep)..tegretol..lamictal...klonopin .luvox...vytoryn?

Atenolol: 1st choice: With complex metabolic profiles of your psych meds, atenolol presents lesser risk of drug interactions. The interaction of carbamazepine and fluvoxamine make it unpredictable whether there would be sufficient 2D6 inhibition by fluvoxamine to inhibit bystolic (nebivolol) metabolism which is dependent on fluvoxamine-carbamazeine 1A2 interactions. There are genetic tests for these risks. ...Read more

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Im on lamictal in the mornings but if i take it at night will i sleep better?

Im on lamictal in the mornings but if i take it at night will i sleep better?

Talk to your doctor: If you are on Lamictal once daily, you may be on the long acting form of the drug. While this may allow you to change the time in which you take the medication, it may not cause a significant change in your sleep patterns because of how the drug is absorbed. Speak to your doctor about the potential to moving administration to the evening, and whether in your case it would have an effect on sleep ...Read more

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Can lamictal cause you to have altered brain waves while sleeping?

Can lamictal cause you to have altered brain waves while sleeping?

Yes: Lamictal affects the structure of sleep and this is manifested by a change in the frequency and duration of brain waves of certain type. ...Read more

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I am on Lexapro (escitalopram) and Lamictal. I take them in the morning. I travel for work and have trouble sleeping. Any recommendations?

I am on Lexapro (escitalopram) and Lamictal. I take them in the morning. I travel for work and have trouble sleeping. Any recommendations?

Timing meds: Get out your calendar and review timing of meds with prescribing doctor(s). You may do better slightly shifting when you take these meds depending on your travel schedule. If you go away for a day or so at a time and travel is unpredictable, you have work-related stress that won't be solved by these meds. Discuss with your doc or a mental health professional for coping strategies. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I currently take lamictal 10mg, Prozac 20 mg, Latuda (lurasidone) 20mg, vyvanse 70mg, and Wellbutrin 300mg but can't sleep still?!?! And mood are all over still.

I currently take lamictal 10mg, Prozac 20 mg, Latuda (lurasidone)  20mg, vyvanse 70mg, and Wellbutrin 300mg but can't sleep still?!?! And mood are all over still.

When do you take?: Diagnosis? Lamictal and latuda (lurasidone) for mood stabilization? Both are subtherapeutic dose. Prozac and Wellbutrin are antidepressants and may increase mood variability. Vyvanse is stimulant. Bipolar d/o and ADD overlap as far as symptoms, but rare to have both and treatment very different. All but latuda (lurasidone) can be stimulating and should be taken in am. Please discuss with prescribing doc. ...Read more

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Would you recommend lamictal as an antidepressant from someone who has not been diagnosis with epilepsy but does have sleep walking?

Would you recommend lamictal as an antidepressant from someone who has not been diagnosis with epilepsy but does have sleep walking?

See neurologist.: Lamictal is an anticonvulsant which is also used as mood stabilizer in bipolar disorder. I would not recommend it as a frontline treatment for depression or sleep walking. I would recommend a sleep study and an eeg. Your pcp is your best bet who can then refer you to appropriate specialist. ...Read more

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Why am I always so tired? I am always bone deep exhausted. I could sleep 20 hours a day and still be tired. I'm on lamictal and cymbalta (duloxetine).

Why am I always so tired?  I am always bone deep exhausted.  I could sleep 20 hours a day and still be tired.  I'm on lamictal and cymbalta (duloxetine).

Tell your doctor: Fatigue & exhaustion can be due to your medication, either as a side effect or from too much! or perhaps you're anemic or hypothyroid. If you're getting enough sleep (20hrs is plenty!) and still tired, perhaps you're not getting good quality sleep. In other words, you might have sleep apnea. Regardless, you need to talk to your family physician and get diagnosed in order to get properly treated. ...Read more

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Trying to decide which medication to taper off of first- Lamictal, Trazadone, or Klonopin (clonazepam). Have trouble sleeping even with Klonopin (clonazepam) and Lamictal.

Trying to decide which medication to taper off of first- Lamictal, Trazadone, or Klonopin (clonazepam). Have trouble sleeping even with Klonopin (clonazepam) and Lamictal.

Why?: It is not clear why you would wish to do this. It sounds like your problems are insufficiently treated, with a continuing disruption in sleep. Perhaps the doses are too low; perhaps their timing needs to be changed; perhaps the medicines need to be replaced. Consult your psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Im in menopause, take lamictal &wake up at 4, can't get back to sleep. I've practiced sleep hygiene, natural remedies &xanax. Would Ambien (zolpidem) work?

Im in menopause, take lamictal &wake up at 4, can't get back to sleep.  I've practiced sleep hygiene, natural remedies &xanax.  Would Ambien (zolpidem) work?

Bioidentical hormone: Menopause symptoms are caused by Estradiol and Progesterone deficiency. The best and most natural way to treat menopausal symptoms is by replacing those actual hormones. Bioidentical Estradiol and Progesterone are identical in molecular structure to hormones the body (the ovaries) used to produce before menopause. ...Read more

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I get dizzy spells & can't sleep very good taking lamotrigine for siezures is this normal?

I get dizzy spells  & can't sleep very good taking lamotrigine  for siezures is this normal?

Side effects: Lamotrigine is a very effective drug for seizures and has limited side effects other than a rash potential. But some pts do feel dizzy, and sleep disruption can occur, and on occasion, headaches do occur. Talk to your doctor, as perhaps you can modify dosing, and the extended release form may be far easier to tolerate. ...Read more

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I have epilepsy and take lamotrigine an epilepsy specialist said it could be why I don't sleep I can't take sleeping medicine cos my epilepsy pills?!

I have epilepsy and take lamotrigine an epilepsy specialist said it could be why I don't sleep I can't take sleeping medicine cos my epilepsy pills?!

Unusual: Lamotrigine does not usually cause sleeplessness, but rather sleepiness. Consult your doctor to determine whether your dosing is appropriate for your epilepsy. There are approaches that can be used to help with sleep issues which can include medicines which may be used with your anti-seizure medications. ...Read more

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Stopped lamotrigine 11 months ago, now i don't sleep and very depressed, no motivation and no energy, should I start back on lamotrigine?

Stopped lamotrigine 11 months ago, now i don't sleep and very depressed, no motivation and no energy, should I start back on lamotrigine?

Possibly: You certainly need to see your psychiatrist again, to assess where you are right now. Lamotrigine may help, or you may also need additional treatments to get out of the hole you're in at the moment. Other medications are available too -- but you do need to take them to experience positive results. Please see your psychiatrist as soon as you can. ...Read more

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Lamotrigine 200mg/elavil 50mg/paxil 10mg I wake early with morning sweats - altering sleep time does not work. Thinking of adding trazodone at night?

Lamotrigine 200mg/elavil 50mg/paxil 10mg
I wake early with morning sweats - altering sleep time does not work.  Thinking of adding trazodone at night?

Are you treating you: treating self? Medications may offer marginal help until the cause of your insomnia is identified and managed appropritely. See a doctor for full physical and mental evaluation ...Read more

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Doc has me on vyvanse, lamotrigine, and Restoril. I told her Restoril doesn't work anymore, so to help me sleep I have Xanax (alprazolam) from a friend. Is it safe?

Doc has me on vyvanse, lamotrigine, and Restoril. I told her Restoril doesn't work anymore, so to help me sleep I have Xanax (alprazolam) from a friend. Is it safe?

Is it safe: to mix these high powered meds? Or is xanax (alprazolam) safe? or is it ok to commit a crime? You have received some very good input so far. You are playing with fire. Please discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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Is there an alternative to lamictal?

Is there an alternative to lamictal?

Yes: Lamictal is primarily an anti-epileptic drug which is also utilized in psychiatry. Numerous other drugs exist within this class, and if you are taking the drug and it seems ineffective or adverse events are present, your doctor could easiiy change to another medication. ...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