Lamictal and getting pregnant

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Hi I have Bipolar but I have never taken Lamictal, but I am on Sodium Valproate and have been on Lithium aswell. I do know that Lamictal can cause menstrual irregularities, I'm not suprised to hear that your cycle has got longer and that it is lighter. I know that with this group of medicines pregnancy is contraindicated and birth defects have been reported. I couldn't be exact about Lamictal but I would definitely stop taking it immediately if I was to become pregnant.
I have often asked questions about the effects that the drugs would have on my baby and he reassured me that I need the pills and do not stop taking them. Now I am 3 months pregnant and I found out that Lamictal is associated with birth defects. I am mad. I called my doctor and he did not respond to me all day. His assistant called me at 5:00 pm- an entire day after I started to try to get ahold of the doctor.
which isn't serious for kids, but can be serious for adults and (esp. pregnant women; could harm, even kill the fetus, and is contagious,.) adults presenting with Fifth also apparently have alot of joint pain and fatigue... ...my doc tells me the rash from lamictal can be deadly; so abstaining from it is better safe than sorry i guess! looks like i'll be switching to a different anticonvulsant myself:P Hope you get your answers! Good luck!
hi guys am not pregnant yet but am planning to be,but unlike you am withdrawing lithium and lamictal before i get pregnant,,,,,actually i cannot bear the ((what ifs)) pdoc have different views when it come to meds..my current tells me lamictal is great for pregnancy and i have searched it on epilepsy.emedtv.
My husband and I are planning on getting pregnant soon, and I can't be happier! I now have the tools and resources, and though it might be difficult, I know I will be able to do it now.
I do not want to be on any meds while I am pregnant/breastfeeding. Should I go off of the Lamictal (slowly of course) and then stay off of it a while before I get pregnant to make sure I can handle the 9 months? I have heard that the most dangerous time for a bipolar woman is after you give birth. Has anyone had experience with this situation? Is there anything that I can do to make myself as well as my husband more at ease and prepared for my lack of meds as well as the pregnancy?
I took the depo for years and when I got off it I had similar hormonal reactions I think it's just your body trying to get back to regular I'm 32 weeks and just now getting back pain and sore nipples but everyone is different just be patient and get an appointment scheduled to make sure and good luck to you both
she is one of the best psychs in my area and she deals with pregnant, and post partum stuff, so i trust her. I don't think my OB is going to like it though..
I am now 30 Y/O, 8 months pregnant and taking medication (250mg Lamictal/day and 1mg Clonazepam/day) Other than your garden-variety pregnancy hormonal fluctuations, I am doing just fine!! I had testing done to check for birth defects and chromosome disorders, and my entire test came back normal! Even my ultra sounds showed a perfectly formed active baby! It made me so sad to read that both you and your doctor don’t think that you should have children.
I am concern that I am going to get depressed bc they took me off of my anti depression med sand only kept me on the lamictal and xanax. I am on 150mg of lamictal and I got the ok to take my reg dose of xanax which is 2mg 2x daily. I normally only need 1 mg a day and def now try to only take it when absolutely nessesary. Today I have to go for blood work but i wont get the hcg results til monday.
This is very old and looks more like drug info to amuse rather than real intent to stop taking xanax. A wise shrink once told me valium is valium is valium. All benzos are bad when you take them everyday for long periods but xanax is by far the worst. Upjohn, who came out with xanax tried to hide some studies from the FDA when it was in trials back in the early 1980's before it came on the market.
Still, I know it only takes once to get pregnant. I had some pregnancy symptoms. I was tired, nausous here and there throughout the day, had food aversions and tender breasts. I started to feel better by the end of August. Just incase I took a home pregnancy test at the end of the month and it came back negative. I just attributed it to the hormone changes from stopping the birth control. Besides, I always had irregular periods.
Lately I've been seeing my doctors regularly but no one has come up with something they can identify and then work to correct and I'm getting more and more depressed that I will live the rest of my life like this. PLEASE HELP! I don't want to have my children grow up with a mental mother. I love my family and want to be strong for them but I have lost my patience with whatever is plaguing my body and I need some help. Also, I'm asking for prayers. Thank you.
Well, I am having my first period after my D&C a month ago. It was confirmed today by my doc. He also gave me the go ahead to try in about 2 weeks when I may be ovulating again to conceive. Now that he says it's okay, I asked my husband for his feelings on all of this & if he wants to try again & he says he's afraid of me getting pregnant & worrying and talking about miscarrying again all the time. He doesn't want to try til I forget about it in time.
/ do any of y'all know any type of meds I can take? I was taking seroquil and lithium and some others but I forget what they're called.. help please?
I also have hypothyroidism and anxiety and depression which is why I'm on lamictal and prozac. Well and levothyroxine for my thyroid. My therapist says I need to take it until the third trimester of my pregnancy. I will obviously not take lamictal, and am on a very low dose of prozac 20mg , but it still scares me. I read an article today that made me feel a lot better about it. If u had a disease would you stop taking what was curing it?
I take Keppra and Lamictal, and thought I don't have any problems getting and keeping an erection, I find it almost impossible to ejaculate when I'm with my partner. Even when I masturbate, it takes a lot of time and concentration to achieve orgasm. Frankly, I don't even care anymore, I just hate that it makes the person I'm with think that they are incapable of satisfying me. It has nothing to do with them, and I'm sure your boyfriend's problems have nothing to do with you.
Funny 'cause the reason my boyfriend and I quit the drugs was we were happy together and wanted to work toward having a stable life and a family together...in a couple years...not in 9 months. So we aren't ready. I knew it'd be really hard for me, having BPD. He was supposed to be the rock in our relationship, but he's not much better off...at least as far as maturity goes. And he's all I have. I don't talk to my family because they are the root of my issues.
I am 35 years old and have bipolar I disorder. I am planning on trying to become pregnant in August. I was hoping to get some information on medications and how they effect the fetus. I do have an appointment at a Womens mental health center where they do research and treat women who have an affective disorder and are pregnant but I like to get as much information as possible. I currently take Tegretol, Neurontin, Seroquel, and BuSpar. I recently stopped taking Wellbutrin SR.
org/ I consulted the studies on the site, along with speaking with my psychiatrist about taking the medication I am on, Lamictal, while pregnant. (I am bipolar and the risk of relapse while pregnant and not taking meds is very, very high, which can be dangerous to the fetus, so I chose to stay on the med, take extra folic acid, and pray for the best.) Definitely talk to both the ob/gyn and prescribing psychiatrist to determine if benefits of med outweigh risks.
I just started taking Methotrexate after recently being diagnosed with RA, and have been taking Lamictal for years now for my depression. I read that both Lamictal and Methotrexate depletes your body of folic acid. My question is- If I take a multi vitamin that has 200 mgs of vitamin C and 400 mcg's of folic acid- would it be too much to take another 500 mgs of vitamin C and 800 mcgs of folic acid on top of the multi vitamin? I just want to take extra precautions from getting sick.
Ok, so ill be very brief. I'm bi polar, and was taking lamictal, It was working great, but the type of insurence I had at the time, i was no longer able to afford it so I switched around on other meds and ended up on seroquel, I could have slept my life away! I became pregnant last October, and had a hard pregnancy due to hormones and of course the bi polar, talk about mood swings!! My daughter is now a month old and I am not yet back on lamictal, but I go to my psych in a few days.
I am now 90 pounds heavier (I started gaining weight on the meds and continued after) and not even able to get pregnant (probably too heavy and getting off the meds messed up my system.) I want' to get pregnant which was fine with everyone two months ago before I got off my meds now everyone thinks I'm in need of major help and need to get my head straight. I just don't know what to do because after researching these meds I'm very scared to get pregnant on them.
I have discovered that if I go more than 10 or 12 hours without my tramadol I begin getting a headache which progresses to nausea, upset stomach and a generally not feeling well, to the point that I have to lie down. Sometimes I even have cold sweats and chills. I have found myself taking one just to relieve those symptoms I am concerned that I am dependent on the tramadol and it doesn’t look like I am going to get rid of the pain, and the need, any time soon.
D and Tramadol) The only thing she will allow me to take is 1/2 to 1 tab of Vicodin 10/500mg a day even though narcotics have NEVER worked for my pain and she knows that- and I hate Vicodin. At every appointment, I tell her that my pain is worsening and unbearable but her only suggestions have been more narcotics and warm water exercise. I have even tried safe essential oils, herbs, vitamins and massage.
Sorry but you're all crackin me up! I think I am suffering from ALL of the same symptoms......weight gain (10 lbs so far....husband says I'm getting fat! Almost made me cry), boobs jumping 2 CUP SIZES (husband doesn't mind but damn they HURT, not to mention I have to buy new bras!), irritability, very sluggish, tired, then can't sleep when I need/want to, hungry, angry.....yeah, I know it's the YAZ. The doc says, "It's the perfect pill...
Im 6 1/2 mths pregnant and i got bipolar and my fiance has plucked the last straw and Im starting to feel like giving the baby up to him and his family and turning over my parental rights and dissapearing in the depths of the earth is that wrong? And another thing is my up and down emotional stages normal? Please Help Me!!!
The Adipex made my mouth extremely dry, which nothing helped, and the Topamax made me extremely high-strung and when it was getting close to the time for me to take more, I would get very agitated at anything. Sometimes I feel weird in my head--I can't really describe it, but just odd and I wonder if it has anything to do with the Topamax, but I am not for sure.
Too I get to thank the Welbutrin for having brain damage from falling and getting uncountable concussions! BEWARE to all who are taking it, weigh the pros and cons, but you could be risking your entire future and your freedom to do everything you enjoy!! I cant even SHOWER safely alone!
I can't remember what meds you are taking but in my case it doesn't matter anyway. I am on the highest dose of Lamictal you can take and 600 mg of Seroquel and I still cycle more than most.
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