Lamotrigine titration

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and as you know there is a specific titration schedule (I'm sure your psychiatrist has told you this) for raising the dose. Discuss it further with them but I'd say give Lamictal a chance but before you change anything ask them. Please. Seriously.
Its essential to follow your psychiatrist's titration schedule as discontinuing a medication more quickly than that can cause withdrawal symptoms (I had that happen in the past and from then on followed the titration schedule my psychiatrist gave me when I was changing medications). Also it would be essential to discuss other options with them as regards mood stabilizers because otherwise what is treating will return as well.
If your antiepileptic are causing kidney damage you may need dose titration or an alternative drug. It is important to know your detailed medical history, history of seizures and drug dosage and test results before advising you. It is advisable to consult your attending neurologist and discuss your concerns. Do write to me again on how you are doing. Best wishes and regards!
That is what happened to me. I thought it was something less because the titration was careful and the rash is rare, but it ended up being Steven Johnsons Sydrome. That is what the bad rash is called. Antihistamines and topicals isn't going to do the trick to reverse Steven Johnsons Syndrome, it has to be stronger prescribed medications for that. Better to have someone look at it, especially by the way you describe how it is progressing.Go to ER.
The two options they have given me are 1-Lamotrigine and 2-Quetiapine. I would love to hear from anyone who is on either of these and see would you recommend either of them an is there any side effects taking them?
You could also consider one of the anticonvulsant mood stabilizers, like lamotrigine (you might need something else anti-manic with this), carbemazepine, or one of the valproates (but those tend to cause weight gain). Lithium is also an option, although you'd have to watch thyroid and kidney function. Again, those issues don't appear overnight. Meds will be out of your blood in 4-5 half lives of the drug.
The end of last month he said oh, you are bipolar. He put me on Lamotrigine, Ambien and kept me on Trazadone. A week after taking the Lamotrigine I had to stop because I developed a rash. In fact, I stopped it all meds for about a week & felt better, then worse. He put me on Gabapentin 300mg twice a day and Klonipin .5mg twice a day. Not really working yet and I feel like a crazy lady. My family thinks I can control my moods with willpower. Sigh. I just want to feel normal again.
If you are going to stop any medication with your psychiatrist's supervision they will give you an exact titration schedule for going off it and you have to follow it. Work with them as to what can help you and how. Its not only so much withdrawal symptoms to be concerned about but a return of what symptoms its treating. You can discuss this with your psychiatrist.
If lithium is really sucking for you though, ask about lamotrigine. It has its risks, but it's weight neutral and is a great mood stabilizer if depression is your main issue. Buspirone would also be a good thing to look into for anxiety. It plays well with mood disorders, unlike SSRIs, and tends to have a very low side effect profile (after some initial constipation, I have zero discernible side effects from it). It doesn't work for some people, but it's definitely worth a try.
I take lamotrigine, trazodone, and abilify without any weight issues. I am a size 6.
So I was given Lamotrigine (generic Lamictal). This was in March 2011. I have slowly gone into depression, and now I've almost destroyed my long-term marriage - because of ~ prescription drugs. Therapist cleared me for tx but... I am NOT mentally stable. I cannot lie to the doctors in.Vegas (Gish team). It would be setting me up for disaster during tx. Yet, it seems that my hep c is quite advanced - bridging fibrosis, moderate to severe piecemeal necrosis (2+/3+). And them some.
' so we can go to twice a day 50mg', ' we can't, I don't want a rash. I want to go in 12,5 mg steps rather that to blow it'. He:, we usually increase in 25 mg. We even don't have 12,5 mg tablets'. Me: ' I will cut them in half!'. 'Ok'. So I will see you in two months and call me when you need your meds! Uhh, ohhh lol Lucky me as I am well now. Don't think he would fancy me unwell. Have you got such experience?
First things first. Lithium has less severe side effects than Lamictal in fact Lamotrigine prescribing information has a black box warning about life threatening skin reactions, including Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis and its side effects also include (Commonly) headaches, dizziness and insomnia.
When the doctor says that Lamictal doesn't work for acute mania, I believe he may mean initiating that drug when the person is in an acute manic episode (especially due to the slow titration schedule) isn't helpful without an adjunct. If your daughter isn't currently manic this may not be an issue.
Depakote (divalproex sodium) Gabitril (tiagabine) Keppra (levetiracetam) Lamictal (lamotrigine) Neurontin (gabapentin) Tegretol (carbamazepine) Topamax (topiramate) Trileptal (oxcarbazepine I would agree with the statement that the risk is greater left untreated than with them. My suicidal ideations are MUCH less being treated vs. not. Of course, it's always best to be educated!
Because of the potential of a rare rash and a slow titration level Lamictal takes about a couple of months for a person to build up to a proper dose. Although you will have to follow your psychiatrist's rate for raising the dose of Lamictal it will take a while to build up to a proper blood level. I was on it and had the same frustration but once it got to a working dose it was quite helpful. Give it some time.
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