Lamotrigine and effexor

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What is the probability of developing seizures when using Lamotrigine offlabel for depression and anxiety. I had episodes of muscle spasms and electric shock sensations when I stopped taking Lamictal at 100mg. I was not sure what was causing the muscle spasms, all I know is that there seemed to be an association between taking 50mg of Atenolol and difficulty sleeping that was punctuated by tremors.
of Effexor and have for years. lots of real bad life experiences have led to my depression and i can't seem to kick it. i am not myself, i just want to sleep. i beg for my "old self" to come back to me - but i can't get her! is there hope?
I have chronc muscle achiness, particuraly in my upper back, spinal region, and the right side of my head and neck can be very painful and inflamed in times of stress. In the past few months, I have noticed symptoms that strongly suggest I may have Seretonin Syndrome. Muscle rigidity, weak right ankle which turns inward and also goes rigid as does my little finger ponting straight upwards, diarrohea, bodily rididity (stupor on accasion where I CAN'T move no matter how hard I try...
I got a partial response from Geodone (called Zeldox where I live) and lamotrigine, but I started to lose weight rapidly (got down to a size 2) so they switched to Abilify and my life is sooo much better. I really can't believe the difference. Each person reacts differently to meds. I have one friend who felt horrid on Abilify and does wonderfully on Zeldox. I know my pdoc said his most common combination is Seroquel for sleep and lamotrigine to stabilize.
Over three years ago now my husband took suddenly I'll with flu like symptoms which left him with weak muscles severe constant head pain ( still) extreme fatigue and a series of other issues. It took months of running to gp and hospital to get answers - this was initially that he had signs of having a Tia then it was two tia's then we were contacted to go in to hosp for further tests as scan had shown vasculitis in brain - then this was ruled out . Back to TIA .
Do you normally prefer to sleep on your side, back or stomach? Are you waking up short of breath on your back only? Have you gained any weight recently? If so, you may be slowly developing a sleep-breathing problem.
com/ (This site is neither for or against the drugs, it is merely the listed documentation on the drugs) Once there, do a search on 1) Lexapro (which is also known as Celexa, and is an SSRI) 2) Lamictal ( which is also known as Lamotrigine and is an anti-convulsant) 3) Wellbutrin (also known as BUPROPION and ZYBAN and is in the aminoketone class of antidepressants). DON'T STOP TAKING ANY/ALL OF THE ABOVE COLD TURKEY. All have a warning to wean off gradually.
nursegirl6572 the psychiatrist has diagnosed and has prescribed me Effexor XR 75mg for 6 days and after Effexor 150mg for three weeks at night only.Tablet Neuxam(alprazolam) 0.5 mg starting from 1/2 morning and 1 & 1/2 in the evening and reduce weekly to 1 & 1/2 , 1 and 1/2 only at evening.
I've just titrated off Depakote and am now taking Lamotrigine -- we are titrating that too -- but this one we're titrating up. I also take 450 mg of Wellbutrin every day, as well as 150 of Effexor -- I've taken those with only beneficial results and no negative side effects. The big one is I've been taking suboxone, very small doses, like 1/2 a mg a day... and I've been doing this for about 3 years. And now I would like to stop. In fact I have stopped -- and I'm on day 2.
Hi, Thanks for writing in. Yes Lamotrigine or Lamictal can cause memory problems. It can also cause loss of attention and inability to concentrate. These side effects however do not occur in everyone who is taking Lamictal. Please consult your physician about it as you may need dose adjustment or switch to another medication. Take care!
I was prescribed Topamax along with an appetite suppressant (Adipex) for weight loss a bit over a year ago and stopped taking them after two and a half months. I did not lose all of the weight I had wanted to, but most of it. I had gained 55 pounds while on Paxil over the course of two and a half years. By taking a combination of the two medicines, I lost 22 pounds the first month, 10 pounds the second month, and 8 pounds the first half of the third month.
Generally we bipolars move over to a better drug class called mood stabilizers, such as Lithium and Lamotrigine, both which are generally well tolerated and work better. None of the anti-depressants on their own seem to last long which is called AD poop out. I'm am on a mixture of meds. I have Bipolar 2 and Major Depression. I've been on all those drugs except Pristiq and the new combo med now called Lexapro and they've ALL pooped out!.
Life has been one hell of a roller coaster, but in this time I have managed to graduate college and an MBA, secure and maintain a well-paying and fulfilling business career and marry the love of my life (and hang on to her thus far). I have seen 3 different family doctors, 2 different psychiatrists and 1 endocrinologist...
Initially I was diagnosed with depression however, I have now been diagnosed recently with Bipolar disorder. I am on effexor and epilem. Although i should be coming off the effexor soon. I am currently working as a nurse and am experiencing alot of difficulty concentrating at work and at home, which has lead to errors at work and losing things.
Here it is lamotrigine and seroquel that my pdoc most often prescribes for bipolar 2 (I am not on that but that is too long of a story and not really relevant) You need to talk to your doctor. Everything you describe is a side effect of Effexor. If they do take you off Effexor expect to be sick for a couple of weeks, maybe less because you haven't been on it very long. It has the worst withdrawl effects of any of the antidepressants.
The meds I can remember taking, and I dont remember them all are paxil, celexa, effexor, prozack, citalopram, clonazepam, lamotrigine, and there are defanitly more than I cannot remember the names of. I just dont know what to do anymore... By the way, i believe Effexor should be taken off of the market. The dreams they cause cannot be a good thing. I was waking up screaming thinking there was blood all over me, calling people to make sure I didn't actually kill them.
Finally, eight years ago, I was put on medication--first for depression and then for BP2 (Lamotrigine, Effexor, Lithium, Risperdal, Clonazepam). Still, I am rarely symptom-free. On good days, I may feel only worried, incompetent, unworthy, and fatigued. On bad days, it's either depression, nasty hypomania, or a mixture of both. On and on it goes, medication and all, with rarely a break between.
The meds I can remember taking, and I dont remember them all are paxil, celexa, effexor, prozack, citalopram, clonazepam, lamotrigine, and there are defanitly more than I cannot remember the names of. I just dont know what to do anymore... By the way, i believe Effexor should be taken off of the market. The dreams they cause cannot be a good thing. I was waking up screaming thinking there was blood all over me, calling people to make sure I didn't actually kill them.
Thanks to my little episode of suidical ideration I have been getting an education lesson first hand in Anti Depressants and Anti Psychotics as im now taking Zyprexa for sleep and a big dose of Effexor and I have a pretty good working level of knowledge of AD drugs anyway with a history with SSRI's and having taken Mirtazapine, Prothiaden and now Effexor - All AD drugs can cause mania to bipolars which is why a mood stabiliser is needed - this is not a guess Adel this is documented reality an
Psych: Effexor XR, Topamax, Lexapro, Seroquel, Trazadone, Xanax (prn) Other: Aciphex (GERD), Detrol (Urinary issue), Evoxac (Sjogrens), Levoxyl (Thyroid), Oxycotin (pain), Plaquenil (Lupus), Provigil (alterness), Vicodin PRN (pain), 3 tropical ointments, 8 OTC vitamins/minerals 12 Rx daily (over 20 actual pills, some as many as 4x/day) 3 topicals 2 PRNs 8 OTCs Do I win? I never win anything, so, maybe in my loss of health, I can win in the number of meds I take!
I've only recently considered the possiblitiy of a simple partial seizure I know there is a relationship between migraine and epilepsy and remember as a child having a frozen feeling in my head and the only way i could get rid of it was by playing a handheld electronic game.
My 22 year old daughter is under the care of a psychiatrist. The diagnosis is not finalized. Potential diagnosis may be Bipolar and ADHD. She is taking 500mg Depakote, 300mg Wellburtrin(150 x 2), 2.5mg Zyprexa (about 2 times per week), 100mg Zoloft daily. I am concerned that the prescriptions are inappropriate taken in combination particularly since the diagnosis is not finalized. Is this normal procedure and are the drugs appropriate for her potential diagnosis?
I have been on meds for the depression, ptsd, adhd, bipolar for many years. All of a sudden in 2009 meds quit working as effectively, dr added effexor and trazadone to my celexa and something I was taking for pain that increased serotonin levels, within 5 days I was hospitalized with serotonin syndrome. Horrific experience since i am in the medical field myself. The drs around here are not familiar with this disease so it has been difficult to treat.
What other mood stabilizers are there I've tried two others which disagreed with my body I was on Lamotrigine and broke out in a rash so I am alergic to it and back in 1998 I was on Depakote it was a big pink pill I remember it because I threw it up again a lot of times so that one disagrees with me too
but im on lithium, seroquel, venlafaxine, lamotrigine....and thats pretty much it... but obviously it would affect the fetus, but to what extent do you think? Im assuming this would be an odd questiong to ask my psych. I personally think that the lithium would kill the fetus, even though it is a some what low dosage... so this is more or less a curious question...i also do not intend to have children, i dont want to pass this disorder on. JP :D Happy Holidays!
Klonopin (clonazepam) Lamictal (lamotrigine) I really want to get off the Lamictal - don't think I'm BPII. But the Klon works well for anxiety/panic. However, I had no anxiety on Effexor. I used it as monotherapy - worked for depression AND anxiety. Now, this is not the time to be playing around with changing meds, but .... maybe it's worth it IF the Gish team thinks I can wait a while for tx - but that seems doubtful.
You're right, Effexor is hard to get off but I have done it, and Paxil, and Prozac. They all give you what I call, the whomp whomps. You just have to taper down and it's fine. Don't be afraid if a drug because it may be potential hard to get off. That again, is a cop out. I appreciate your post but don't try to scare people away from things because of what you "heard". Let people find out for themselves, you don't know what helps each individual so stop generalizing.
However, unlike other atypicals it has activity similar to the antidepressant Effexor (serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibition) and buspirone (partial antagonist at 5HT1a). Phew, you don't need to understand all of that to understand my response but just in case you are interested in the pharmacology I thought I would discuss it. Abilify is a perfect example of the notion that doses are very different depending on the type of mood disorder.
I have my son full time and I am back to work full time. However, I don't feel like MYSELF! I feel kind of zombied out: I never feel really excited anymore, I feel kind of dull in my head and I feel like an asexual blob. ( I didn't mention I have put on 30 lb since getting out of the hospital). My doctor has told me I will need to be on these meds for the rest of my life. I am so glad to be well, but I feel like these meds are a sentence of some sort.
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