Lamictal for depression and anxiety

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I was put on lamictal for mania because I cannot take any of the traditional mania meds. Lamictal worked for me but I had side effects and had to stop it. Your dr is just following new medication lists.
is this a safe med................im not bipolar but depression and anxiety and cant take ssris.............also on klonopin.................went off abilify due toproblems after 3 months low dose of 2 mg,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,pshy dr also added seroquel as needed for sleep i dont like it makes me to drugged.....so looking for others with imput on lamictal..........im so scared been on about 4 days ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,if i was gonna be allergic would i know already.......
I relapsed while on Lexapro and my doc started me on Effexor and Lamictal. The effexor was horrible for me, I felt awful and my blood pressure skyrocketed. The Lamictal is supposed to be a mood stabilizer. I am taking 200mg daily. My doc weaned me from Effexor and put me back on prozac 20mg (I stopped it several years back because it was making me extremely irritable). The prozac does not seem to be working like it did before.
Amy, Other than the side effect mentioned how has it changed you!? For good or bad? I myself have just started Lamictal and am curious to feedback.
I have been on lamotrigine for abt 18 months...I have chronic depression and all the SSRI's I've tried only work for a short while...this one seems to keep me from getting depressed. However I too have been noticing my memory becoming really bad! I have always been proud of my good spelling skills...now I need spell ck. and I need lists around the house to remind me to do simple things!! I am 59 and no this isn't alzheimers (I know the diff)...but none the less concerning to me!!
I have anxiety, obsessive worry (ruminating over and over), social anxiety, depression, and get emotional (cry or get angry). So my lifelong doc says I have anxiety/depression and had me on Celexa. I've already tried a number of other SSRI's. The Celexa helps me alot with depression, social anxiety, and obsessive worry. But it makes me very tired, oversleep, and sexual side effects, and it gives me some physical feelings of anxiety in my chest.
Has anyone tried Anticonvulants instead of SSRI's for Depression and Anxiety? I have dythymia and double depression with some anxiety (constant worry).
Hi, so they changed it? I thought that you are fine on lithium. Keep us posted. Lamictal is mostly for BP2 and I know that you are BP1. So I am interested how it will work with your highs. I am very happy with it - after about 10 weeks. Hoping it will work for you well.
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.
I have anxiety, obsessive worry (ruminating over and over), social anxiety, depression, and get emotional (cry or get angry). So my lifelong doc says I have anxiety/depression and had me on Celexa. I've already tried a number of other SSRI's. The Celexa helps me alot with depression, social anxiety, and obsessive worry. But it makes me very tired, oversleep, and sexual side effects, and it gives me some physical feelings of anxiety in my chest.
I've been dealing with anxiety and depression since i was about 16 years old. There is an extremely strong family history, so I'm pretty confident that most of it is biological, although there are probably some underlying stressors. Last year I was on 5 mg of lexapro and 15mg of remeron for sleeping and eating. When I got home for the summer my doc recommended that I try getting off the lexapro.
Hello Again Xanweaner; I am unable to access the article "Concurrent Lamictal...ECT..." Do I have to pay to subscribe and pay for the article? I am clumsy and suspicious about buying these kinds of things online. Can you advise?
Do anxiety and depression go hand in hand? I have bad anxiety, but other days it feels more like depression. the feeling of not being in reality or not being myself gets strong sometimes, but that could be either. I just wondered if maybe my anxiety was causing depression...or maybe i have depression causing anxiety..?
My mother was on Celexa for depression and Topama for seizures, but was taken off of the Celexa because it was causing her problems. She's been free and clear of the Celexa for 3 months and is only on the Topamax and she hasn't had any issues since. In fact, she's the most stable she's been in a long time. My major issue with my BP disorder was the Celexa that I used to take; it was causing me to rapid cycle. Since I have been off of the Celexa, there have been no mood swings at all.
anyways a year passedand i finally went to the walk in clinic, he told me i had anxiety and depression and put me on flouxetine. it worked at first and ive been taking them for almost 3 months now and thought they were working good. but now for a couple days ive been feeling really down again, harming thoughts, cant sleep good at night and really hard to breath. cant stop yawning caus ethats the best way to get the most air. what is happening? will my mental issues EVER go away?
Celexa did work better than the other SSRIs for me, just jittery and Lexapro is the newer version. And, do I have just depression/anxiety, or do I have a mood disorder?! Just for the record I do take 100mg of Lamictal, which doesn’t really do anything but I’m also on a low dose of it. I just don’t want to get off of it because it takes too long to titrate up on it. Please help me with your feedback. Please don’t tell me to discuss this with my doctor.
I was diagnosed as Bipolar II after having been treated marginally for social anxiety and depression for 15 years. I withdrew from Paxil. I am slowly weaning from Klonopine while adding Lamictal. My beginning dose for one week was 25mg. This week, I am on 50mg. My racing thoughts have diminished as have confusion and rapid speech. I can't believe I am saying this, but I think I am too happy. I worry that I am having mania. I have trouble controlling my laughter in public.
but i am speaking of an SSRI say because it also kills not only depression but also anxiety and along with OCD. But in vain. If the pharm comp can come with an AD that doesn't bring mania then hurrah, but to disappoint you many research going on today suggests that AD's are not better than placebos.
That's why the celexa is added. If you are to stay on a med, go with lamictal. It is supposed to work on both depression and mood swings, so give it a go. If not, try a different SSRI like zoloft.
Hi just for my 2cents abt Lamictal. I have been on it for 1.5 yrs ....for resistant depression, not quite sure abt the BP? but my pdoc was at a loss to what else to try on me. ( he's a psyhopharacologist) It is an MS however it does appear to be working on my resistant depression. 25mg is a low dose, so your doc is right to start you off slowly just in case of the s.j.s....I can understand why you would be so hesitant to try!
It's like my body remembers the formula and destroys it before it can even work. Funny thing is that for my anxiety I take Xanax, and while in time I do build up a resistanceto this benzo, I can stop it for a few weeks and when I start it again, it works again for many weeks. This could be because Xanax is simply a short acting anti-anxiety drug and not an antidepressant, but with Xanax my body forgets and allows it to work again after a period off of the drug.
AT LEAST YOU ARE ORGASMIC, I HAVEN'T HAD THE FEELING IN A LONG TIME. MEDS AND MEDS AND DEPRESSION, KEEPS ME LOW. I RE-ENTERED A RELATIONSHIP WITH SOMEONE I'VE KNOWN FOR 4 YEARS AND JUST BROKE IT OFF WITH THEM YESTERDAY. DECIDED AGAIN IT WAS NOT FOR ME, HE'S STILL PLAYING GAMES AND DOESN'T WANT TO TAKE ME SERIOUSLY. OH YEAH! I AM MARRIED BUT HAD BEEN SEPARATED OVER 3 YEARS, BUT ME AND OUR 3 KIDS HAVE TO MOVE BACK IN WITH (ALMOST) EX-HUBBY DUE TO MY PHYSICAL ILLNESS.
I know you talked about your anxiety and depression coming and going. Did it ever disappear for over a year? I tried many for my anxiety, and it was sooo bad but finally 8 years ago started taking Paxil cr and it has been the best one for me, no anxiety at all. Or should I say fears? It was always fears of the unknown, such a scary scary time for me. When it all started I was just 22 years old, now 53. Anyway, if I can help I will, give me a hollar or for that matter, if anyone wants.
The insurance approves your for so many hours and even pays for it. It's been a life saver for us.
My besty advice is to wake up in the morning, take an average dose to pick you up make you feel good, then go to work, around lunch time take another dose when withdrawals are coming back, THEN in the evening after youve done all your daily responsibilities, and when anxiety and depression is at its worst (at least for me it is) take a nice dose to get you feeling mellow and sleepy. Also opiates DO NOT DAMAGE YOUR LIVER!!!
seroquel will not worsen his depression for sure, he may only feel lethargic if he is given high dosage. But as IL said valporate is good for mania and weak for depression. There is an alternativce to give him (ask your pdoc) an AD good for anxiety too like lexapro but for a short while only because all AD's run the risk of bringing mania, and stop. Already he takes zyprexa which is strong enough to cover the AD if given.
The other problem is depression very often is accompanied by or caused by anxiety, and substances that help depression can be stimulating and thus aggravate anxiety. Still, it's worth trying if one can afford it and can find a professional who has experience with this. A good book to read on what's available is Natural Highs by Hyla Cass, a psychiatrist at UCLA.
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