Lamictal and insomnia

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I am taking 300mg of effexor and 200mg of Lamictal at morning, and 250mg of Lamictal at night. I have been having nightmares and night twiching and night sweats. It seems like it happens more when I miss a dose of effexor. It happens every time I miss a dose of effexor but sometimes, infrequently, when I don't. What could be causing this? I understand that this does not commonly happen due to effexor but I am sure that it is related.
I am on Lamictal and have no major side effects. The scary thing about it is you can get steven johnsons syndrom from it when you first start it. I have anxiety too and that scared the crap out of me and took me two days of trying to take it to build up the courage to do it. It is suppose to be a rare possible side effect though.
so decided it was best for me to stay on the anti-depressants, so im now on Venlor XR.... side effects are insomnia and strange dreams and also loss of appetite (yay i have lost 2kg's so far)...but ya i think being on both the lamictan (which serves as both a mood stabilizer and a anti-epileptic) and the antidepressant really really helped....I was exactly how you described yourself...(my bf describes it as taking a level 1 situation and making it a level 10) I hope this helps u....
I've been on 400 mg of Lamictal for 3 years and everything has been great until relatively recently..beyond my expectations really. But in the past several months...things have changed. Whereas it had made my sleep the best it's been in my life, now I get insomnia. I'm also having side effects I hadn't had before related to alcohol...any amount like even 2 beers.
I have been on Lamictal for 8 months and evened out very well. However, over the last few weeks, I started to cycle again, my doctor put me on Lithium. It seems to be helping; I'm not really cycling and it's kind of pulled me out of the depressive funk I've been in for awhile. However, I am having a hard time sleeping since starting the Lithium. I've read that many of the side effects from the medication dissipate after awhile; will the insomnia go away as well?
Bipolar is a disorder that requires constant changing of medications and/or monitoring. So I see doctors fairly often for it. I was first started on lamictal. I was already on zoloft. I also have an antianxiety medication to help with the mania and to help me to relax. I take it every day. The problem that I am having now is when the mood stablizer was taken away (due to intolerance to the medication), I have not been sleeping. I took ambien in the past, but I hallucinated with it.
I've been on Lamictal for 10 years and it's not caused me any insomnia. Medications are a hit and miss. It's trial and error. I've always said that psychiatry isn't a science, it's an art.
I've been thinking about taking St John's Wort, to help boost my mood, but have read that it may not react well with Lamictal. I'm wondering if anyone has taken St John's Wort while on Lamictal and if there were any reactions. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Thank you :-), BTW, I also take 1mg of Klonopin on occasion for night time anxiety.
I am miserable and depressed and SO irritable all the time and alienating everyone around me because of these crazy outbursts I have. I don't want to "admit" that I may have Bipolar 2 - which was what was originally thought years ago - Not sure why....I guess I just am sick of being on meds....none of which seem to help. I am SO frustrated. I was speaking with my therapist yesterday who mentioned I bring up Lamictal to my psych when i see her this week.
Typical Lamictal side effects Rashes, photosensitivity, rashes, lethargy, rashes, insomnia, rashes, memory and cognitive problems, rashes, and headaches that are sometimes really bad. Did I mention rashes and assorted other skin problems? The rash thing is overblown, serious rashes aren’t all that common. Other skin problems, and mildly annoying, short-term rashes happen all the time.
The *only* side-effect I've experienced is sleepiness, which is why I started taking it at bedtime, but it's actually great because I had horrible insomnia with my up cycles, and now I'm able to sleep, and I get restful sleep--as in, I don't wake up unless physically disturbed.
One of the adverse side effects of this medication is depression, irritibility, insomnia, mind racing and sleep disorders to name a few.
Common side effects with LAMICTAL include dizziness, headache, blurred or double vision, lack of coordination, sleepiness, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, tremor, and rash. LAMICTAL may cause other side effects not listed here. If you develop any side effects or symptoms you are concerned about, or if you need more information, call your doctor.
It has been over a week and a half since I took myself off lamictal, I went from 100mg to cold-turkey. I've had very bad insomnia, anxiety, stress, irritability, lethargy, head feels weird. Mood is going up and down. Im not giving up though. I want to be off this medication, done and good. I also have a slight cold. I think its due to the lack of sleep and the things I need done. This is the last two weeks of school left and its pretty tough, withdrawing and everything.
lamictal dose from 50mg to 100mg manic all night and early morning 2.
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Did anyone took Lamictal for anxiety and depression? Did it work,and how soon did it started working? Did anyone started feeling normal and had their old life back? Did anyone felt the itching, and how long it lasted? I am very worried, i need this med to be working for me soon because i going through very tough time in my relationship. If anyone know anything about it, pleaselet me know. It willbe veryhelpful.
Related and accompanying mental illnesses in these case histories including traumatic brain injury, headache, suicidal ideation, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, postpartum depression, cocaine, alcohol and tobacco abuse, hypersensitivity to calcium, short-term memory loss and IQ loss were also benefited.
Quit Fluoxetine and taking 400 lamictal now but it seems to be causing insomnia, anyone have this trouble? Go away after a while?
but the holidays coming up are definately a good excuse for buying ! I am on Lamictal 100 mg, Geodon 80 mg 2x/day and then the above sleepers. Its almost 5 am and I'm still up. Anyone have any ideas?
I'm concerned to continue to taking the ambien and hurting my unborn baby. Has anyone else suffered from chronic insomnia and taken ambien or other OTC medications? Any advice or insights would be great. I need to get some sleep.
Okay i have been on trazodone for six nights now, and all it does is decrease my appetite. Funny thing is the doctor gave it to me for insomnia and hoping for weight gain, but all it does is the opposite. (Could be I need a higher dosage) I did get rid of the headache 2 days ago. It does give my brain energy, like a hyper feeling. I want to take my ambien, but the on call doctor told me not to and to continue the same dosage until my regular doctor comes back from vacation.
i started taking lithium 300 mg once at am , and two at pm ,and i think this is causing me to have insomnia which is really bad ,last night i took two xannax 05 ,and one sleeping pill and finally at around 1;30 i fell asleep ,this morning was hard to get up , is this something lithium causes? need some answers , please...........
During that time he has become very debilitated, with foggy thinking, slow speech, and poor memory. He was treated for insomnia and moderate depression for several years with Effexor, Paxil, and Xanax, until last January when he had (at age 62) a single episode of manic type symptoms, and was switched to his current meds. I am concerned that his current "zombie-like" state may actually be a side of effect of his current meds.
racing thoughts, extreme insomnia, panic, and distorted thinking. Neurological problems such as a tumor or brain trauma have been ruled out by an MRI and a CAT scan, and because the episode was a one-time event occurring at age 62, the doctors consider it unlikely that it represents permanent psychosis. My concern is that our friend seems to be caught in a downward spiral of overmedication, in which new drugs treat side effects of old drugs, but create new side effects.
Dear Doctor, my son was prescribed Celexa, Lamictal and Klonopin today 2/28/13. Do you feel it's safe for him to use these medications at his age?
I just weaned myself off risperdal and lamictal and I have terrible insomnia. Maybe it's just coincidental because I'm 51 and probably perimenopausal but it is impossible for me to get a good night's sleep without Ambien. It takes 1 1/2 hours to fall asleep and I toss and turn all night. I was diagnosed last summer with bipolar type II and I began to doubt the diagnosis and I realized that my psych had me overmedicated...
It might make a big difference in how you are able to sleep and function and really, what's another month or so on Paxil anyway? I read an excellent new book recently about SSRI withdrawal called "The Antideppressant Solution". It talked about a lot of different withdrawal symptoms - maybe yours would be mentioned.
My view which i expressed here many times yet never took abilify myself is that i have the feeling that lamictal+abilify is not a best combo because both work upwards, i happened to correspond with a lady in a fifferent forum who took both and was anxious so i advised her to ask her pdoc why not lamictal+seroquel and she did and since last january i haven't heard from her because she withdrew from the forum, upon writing to her she said she is doing fine and quite stable, so no need to read po
Once you find out what mood disorder he thinks you have then you can read as much as there is on that. Only you know if you fit the mold so to speak. As for meds. I'm glad Latuda and Lamictal are working for you. Just know that they have just as many side effects as mood stabilizers. There are many people diagnosised with Bipolar taking the meds your on. These pscy meds seem to be interchangeable with an array of Mental Illness diagnoses. SSRI's make some people jittery and some not.