Drug Ratings for LAMICTAL

Average Rating: 3.5 (1683 Ratings)

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 5  bipolar Heavier sweating, including night sweats, and noticeably more rapid hair loss. An amazing drug. Levels out both highs and lows. For years I suffered serious monthly depressions even after beginning treatment 10 years ago with anti-cyclical AND anti-depression medications. Lamictal has been the only drug in that time to put a solid floor under my tendency to get clinically depressed. It's also added lucidity to my thoughts (I'd accepted Depakote and Trileptal spaciness) and allowed me to lead as normal a life as I've had since my diagnosis. I have had issues sweating much more often with greater perspiration. Have taken between 200-1200 mg of this drug over past 18 months. All the positive comments here are true. It's wonderful. 18 months
9/14/2006
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 5  bipolar disorder minor rash (dime-sized) on hand that appeared after tapering dose up to 100mg/day. it disappeared after about a week, and i haven't had a rash anywhere since. since having added lamictal to my regimen i've been able to drop my lithium dose dramatically and with the reduction in that goes the tremor and the difficulty thinking. lamictal is also the only medication that has ever made me feel less depressed - normal, even. 6 months
10/30/2004

 5  Bipolar II Some aching in my legs about 2 months after starting them, lasting for 5 days. Some "verbal dyslexia" (switching my words around in a sentence). I was really nervous to start this medication, given all the side effects I read about prior. But I am SOOOOO glad I took them! They have helped so much!! I have only had 3 bouts of depression in the entire time I have taken them, none of which have been longer than 4 days. It has saved my marriage, my relationships with my kids, my friends and family, my job, and most importantly my health and sanity! As far as I'm concerned this is a wonder drug!! 27 9 months
9/4/2007

 4  bi polar a little dizzeness and clumsy when changed to a higher dose...but this does not last long out of all the mood stabilzers i have tried this is by far the best.....with nurontin being the worst 41 9 months
5/18/2004
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9/29/2007

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3/22/2006

 4  Bipolar 1 rapid rage depression was good at first, now my rage and depression is coming back, but that could be due to counseling and things coming to the surface. took double dose by accident and had extremely rapid eye movement and could not walk with out falling or hitting walls; very scary; was unable to focus on anything. took me 5 minutes to text work to call in sick. if i had been driving, i would be dead now, as well as my husband. BE VERY CAREFUL WITH THIS DRUG. was told that my dose is pretty high. 36
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5/12/2010

 4  Epilepsy At first I had the headaches and nausea while increasing my dosage. My appetite is still definitely decreased- I've lost close to 20 lbs, which almost makes up for the 30 I gained on keppra last year. Lamictal made me hyper and unable to sleep, although before keppra I was always an insomniac. I'm sure being in college doesn't hurt either. Also EXTREMELY increased sex drive, with everything also more enjoyable! A slight increase in acne, but not bad. It's been a great drug- finally seizure free! 20 7 months
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12/25/2010

 4  Bipolar II Hair thinning, weight fluctuations, short term memory loss. I really despise the memory problems, but this has been the best drug so far. 1 years
3/5/2008

 3  Bipolar II Flat feeling (although perhaps simply in comparison to how emotionally sharp--i.e. sensitive and oscillating--I am usually), some confusion and time lapse sensations upon dose increase. Also very mild acne on back. Some irritability I've been working up to 100 mg for about 3 or 4 weeks. My reaction to stressful situations has improved dramatically, although I do have days where I feel very detached and experience a kind of feeling of 'un-reality.' I wonder if this is simply because of how used to having mood swings I am, but I do feel like my personality has become blunted. Have to admit that I'm thinking about discontinuing. 23 4 weeks
3/15/2009

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2/4/2005

 2  Bipolar disorder This med is (incorrectly) touted as an anti-depressant. According to the manufacturer's website, it is a mood-stabilizing anticonvusant that prevents the onset of depression. It doesn't do anything. 1 years
6/8/2009
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 2  seizures Pros: Heightened memCory, bettet sta Con: Darkened vision. Getting darker. Hoping to not go blind. Fuzzy vision. Night sweats 40 9 days
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 5  Bipolar Disorder II The first month was very rough. I had extreme headaches, muscle pain, depressive and anxious fits, and terrible short term memory problems, and mixing up words. It was difficult to remember anything long enough to hold a conversation. There was also what I considered to be emotional deadening. I promise, if you hang in there long enough to get up to the theraputic dose, it will change your life. I had been living with undiagnosed Bipolar Disorder for twelve years. I have never felt more like myself. It's like I have a good day almost everyday. This isn't to say I don't have bad days or episodes but they are few and far inbetween. I highly recommend it. I managed to lose all of my baby weight and more. I don't sleep all the time or have fits of rage anymore. I am actually well enough to have a 30-35 hour work week, take care of my home and my family and go to school full time. There are hardly any emotional extremes anymore. However, I am still experiencing a little anxiety. F 24 4 months
11/11/2009

 5  bipolar II Clear skin and larger bra size. I think this drug is amazing. I feel more myself then ever before. No more mood swings and dealing with anxiety is so much better. I take 200 mg a day (100mg in the morning and 100mg at night). I'm worried about what everyone else is reporting, but its been a blessing for me. F 25 7 months
12/7/2009
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 5  Bipolar In the first month of taking this medication I experienced even more mood swings than before, which i never thought to be possible, and the swings were more severe. This went away after the first month/month and a half. I was at the doctor's office recently and they noted a 20lb weight gain in 2 years. My first year taking it I did not experience a great amount of weight gain, only about 5lbs. In the past year or so, I have experienced hair loss, and I still am now. When I first began taking Lamictal I was feeling more anxious and paranoid than I had been in the past, but like my other side effects, these side effects subsided. I am very pleased with my results from taking Lamictal. I am taking 300mg a day-150 in the morning and 150 at night. I had suffered from bipolar from the age of about 12, but it was thought to be hormones. When I was diagnosed bipolar and began taking this medication at 15 years old, my life turned around. Grades started improving greatly, I got into a great college and program, my social life improved, my relationship with my family went back to the way it was, I stopped snapping at every little thing, etc. Before Lamictal, I would literally have 8-11 severe mood swings an hour. I was even at the point of attempting suicide three times and just hated life in general. After starting Lamictal, these swings have stopped. I am living a happy life which I am very grateful for. If I miss either my morning or night dose, I have these swings again, but they are not as severe or often (goes down to about 2-4 swings an hour). Lamictal is a life changer and I would recommend this drug to anyone in a heartbeat. You just have to make it past the first month or two and be willing to deal with the side effects, because other than that, this drug is amazing. F 18 3.5 years
12/8/2009

 5  Mild Bipolar Weight gain, light headedness, problems with word recall I have been on 100 mg for 1 year. So far, so good. Make sure you gradually get up to your desired dose and keep your appointments! F 26 1 years
12/11/2009

 5  severe bipolar disorder bit of drowsiness the first few weeks or so but it went away. My psychiatrist told me to watch for rash and i didn't get one. After the drowsiness went away, I found this medication to be extremely helpful. I really like the peaceful feeling it makes me feel. It's like a mellow, quiet feeling. Like all is well with the world. First medication that I have tried that has even come close to doing anything helpful after playing medication switcharoo for 9 years straight. When I forget to take though, oh boy do people around me notice. Snappiness all around. but when I am on it and it's working, it just works. Tip for other patients--take it with a bit of food. it starts working faster if you take it that way. F 23 14 months
12/29/2009
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 5   F 20 4 years
1/3/2010

 5  bi-polar & night sweats night sweats F 60 3 months
1/13/2010

 5  mood stabilizer, anti-convulsant None really...at least not really noticeable. I am taking a combination of: cymbalta (for depression), lamictal, as a mood stabilizer/anti-convulsant, and keppra, stictly for grand-mal seizures of the photosensitive-sort. I also have a mood-disorder, and think my depression is genetic. This is the best I've ever felt in my life thus far with all of my trials with several different med. combinations! I have tried about them all! Lamictal in regards to balancing out my mood has stopped my problem with psychosis. I feel better, and have happy days most of the time, but today seems to be lethargic, and not such a good day, but most of them are! I am very satisfied with my results...take 60mg of cymbalta per day, 150mg twice a day with lamictal, and take 500mg twice daily in regards to keppra. I no longer have rapid eye-blinks, and function without seizure activity in the sun. Maybe I'll be able to drive again. I want to see how I do in the sun during this spring/summer 2010. Cymbalta was the first drug to ever work for my depression. Keppra worked fairly well for my seizure-disorder, however I knew I needed more seizure control. Before lamictal my moods were rapidly cycling, or so it seemed, and I was very sleepy, unenergetic, and my memory was not as great as I remember it to be when I was a straight A student. Now, I finally feel healed of all my major health issues! I am very pleased, blessed, and grateful to all those that helped me get here. It took twenty years, or so of searching for answers, but final F 35 8 weeks
1/21/2010
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 5  Bipolar I'm a little more forgetful, but not enough to be a big issue. YAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!! I struggled with mood swings for 7 years before my doctor figured out it was probably bipolar, not depression. And then another couple years trying to find something that managed the mood swings without making me sleep constantly or driving me nuts with the side effects. This finally, finally really helps. I'm a little more forgetful, but I do okay, and it's totally worth it. I spent years struggling to keep my life from falling apart while feeling awful and waiting for the all-too-short periods when my moods were okay. And now "okay" is the norm. This makes such a difference. I take it with Wellbutrin, which also has no major side effects for me. F 24 9 months
1/21/2010
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 5  Bipolar 2 disorder Tiny bit of acne, some lack of sleep I've been taking this for a while. Began because I was cutting and my parents found out. I'm a total perfectionist and a very normal 17 year old. I started with 100mg but had a relapse and was put on 200mg. Ive had a great experience with lamictal and feel 10000 times better on this. I am a totally better person on it and am able to react much more rationally. I've never had any bad side effects except I noticed a couple more pimples but I have no where near what is considered "acne". I went off for about 2 weeks unconsciously because I left it in my bag and forgot to take it. I realized how much better I felt when on it and realized what a good impact it has had on me. I reccomend this for someone who is diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder like me and is a little emotionally unstable. F 17 10 months
6/9/2009

 5  bipolar When I started lamictal 2 years ago I must have had some side effects but quite mild For 20 years had a depression diagnosis tried every drug with only unsustained success. Since adding lamictal to effexor I have a full life without worrying that I'm going to freak out at any little thing. Please give this drug a chance the combination has let me be a full human being again. F 55 2.5 years
6/10/2009

 5  Epilepsy I've been on this med for 4 yrs the only side effects at the beginning were I couldn't drink coffee it made me feel sick This med is such a blessing! well atleast to me it is. I struggled so long with my Epilepsy and doses of the medication I was taking since I was 14. I dont recommend DEPAKOTE it was good aweful. I have not experienced a grand mal seizure in 4 yrs!!! when I was taking Depakote I was having atleast 5-7 in a 2 wk span. I also have JME juvielle myclonic epilepsy I still have them but not as bad. I love this medication and def recommend it. F 29 4 years
6/11/2009
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 5  bipolar II weight loss, nausea, fogetfulness, tremors Lamictal truly has done wonders for me; it brought me out of a terrible depression about two years ago, and since then has completely stabilized all of my mood swings. I liked the weight loss side effect; not so much the tremors, which have not stopped. I seriously was worried that I could have early-onset Parkinson's for a while - has anyone else had that side effect? F 19 2 years
6/12/2009

 5  Mood swings,PTSD,ADHA Terrible Headaches and slight vertigo the first month. No other physical or emotional side effects. This drug really changed my life!I had tried so many things with little success and I was so tired of everyone saying that I wasn't myself or I seemed so different. I knew they were right but didn't know what to do!I have taken Paxil (evil Drug),zoloft,wellbutrin XL & Lexapro. All made me functional but not level. After a month on Lamictal, the fog lifted and I was pretty angry about the haze I had been living in for 6 yrs! For the first time, It was a GOOD angry! Family and friends were amazed. 100mg Lamictal with 20mg Adderall XR was my magic cocktail! I am focused,level and still have a very normal range of emotion. No more zombie! The first month I had Terrible headaches but they subsided after I started taking the pill in the morning.I also consumed as much Gatorade as I could hold and the headaches stopped. Hormone flux still triggers the headaches from time to time but very rarely. My doc and I worked hard to find this mix and I couldn't be more happy. Seriously,I'm happy, for the first time in a long time! No more freaking out,crying for no reason,hopelessness or dread about the future. This medicine gave me my life back where the others made it barely tolerable. I know my side effects were mild but if you have tried the "basics" and mood swings are your trouble, this might be worth a try. Good luck! F 35 2 years
6/16/2009

 5  Bulimia, ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar So far, none at all. I had been taking Ritalin (a generic) for ADHD. Somewhere along the line, it was decided that the ADHD contributed to the Bulimia. I do know that without the Ritalin, I can't focus on anything at all and the binge/purge cycles are definitely far more frequent and intense. After many failures with anti-depressants, the need to address severe occasional depression, as well as some fairly intense anxiety, my psychDoc decided to focus on the dx of bipolar. He ordered me to stop taking the ritalin and start the lamictal at 25 mg, doubling the dosage every week until I reached 200 mg. I am now at 50 mg. His stopping the ritalin is how I know I can't stop the ritalin. So, I'm back on the Ritalin, per his advice. As for the Lamictal: I had no idea how paranoid I was until this morning when I woke up. I always sensed that people at work thought I was weird and that my boss hated me and wanted to get rid of me. To me, this was almost as real and unquestionable as the sun rises in the east; I just 'knew' it was the truth. I also wasn't pleasant to myself…I mean that I always berated myself for the lack of strength to do better, eat better, please people, be nice, be happy, be successful. I had no idea how emotionally crippled I have been. This caused me to work at home almost always and gain a lot of weight - although to be fair, I am now 45 and stopped working out years ago. I actually was able to stop at Henry's yesterday after work - I actually went into the office; that's rare - to pick up some healthy stuff to eat. And, last night for dinner, I ate some and I also ate some for breakfast this morning. I didn't go through the binge purge situation, way too much wine and half a pack of cigarettes like I would normally in the evening. I am not sure if this is a fluke or if the Lamictal has actually been key in this 2 day success story. I do know that I like the person I woke up as this morning and that is something very different. I will update at this site with further comment in a few weeks after I have more time and have increased the dose. F 45 12 days
4/16/2009

 5  anti-epileptic seziures&depression brain fog, itchy skin & scalp, short term memory loss, dizzy, not sure footed, forget way too much, tired more then I would like, spelling errors. No seziures! But I have only had 2 in the last 6 months. Knock on wood...Sleeping great when I had insomina, anxiety decresed, depression cured, amazing! I feel better then I have in years, but the side effects are frustrating. Now that I found this site, I feel that I'm not crazy. The pharmacy information does not do this med any justice. Education is so important! I have yet to see a neurologist and my dose will be incresed for sure. The ER Dr. was who prescribed the med. I was very scared, but didn't want anymore seziures! Hope I don't have any more side effects, when they increse my dosage. Only on 25mg at the moment. Good Luck to all! F 37 1 months
4/28/2009

 5  bipolar II none i am taking 150mg/day for extreme hypomanic episodes. i was also on 25mg zoloft and 10mg ambien but i got pulled off the zoloft b/c i was having extreme mood swings. off the zoloft i am feeling better but i am still manic. the ambien is to help me sleep b/c when i am manic i stay up 48 hrs + at a time. my psychiatrist is going to bump me to 200mg this week. hopefully it can help level out my manic/depressive phases and get me back to some equilibrium. i find that i take a certain dosage for a while that helps and then it suddenly doesnt work so i have to bump the dosage up. F 31 4 months
4/29/2009

 5  Bipolar NOS insomnia and very mild acne My daughter (10) has been on Lamictal for just over a month. We have definitely noticed improvement in her moods and ability to cope with change and stress. She began at the 25mg dose, went to 50 after 2 weeks, and just started the 75mg in week 4. After a couple of weeks on that she will be at her target dose of 100mg. One thing I have noticed is that while she still gets angry and can be rude, she is not out of control in the way she used to be. She is a good kid and we always knew she did not want to lash out or break things when she got upset; she just couldn't control her anger. Now she seems to have a fighting chance at self-control. The only side effects we have seen are a couple of pimples on her chin and some trouble falling asleep at night. F 10 1 months
5/5/2009

 5  bipolar none I love this med! I have had no side effects with this medication, which is amazing because I usually am very sensitive to meds. I have taken it for a long time, and have tried to ween off of it due to the cost. I was unable to do so as it always sent me into a deep depression. Staying on it has been the solution to the ugly depression side of the bipolar. F 37 10 years
5/6/2009

 5  Bipolar II Mental "fog" Lamictal has been great for me. I actually feel like "myself" when I take it, but without the wild mood swings. What I like best, however, is that I actually feel emotions, and do have "normal" (i.e. not life-threatening and not rapidly changing) ups and downs. I have definitely experienced the mental fog - started bothering me about a year in - but I have found that ACCUPUNCTURE works wonders for this. I highly recommend trying it if you are having this side effect (I stumbled upon it by accident when going to the accupuncturist for allergies- didn't have much luck with the allergies, but still go whenever I start feeling "foggy"- the effect lasts a good few months, particularly if I am taking care of myself diet and exercise-wise). F 30 3 years
5/12/2009

 5  Bipolar II Initially hypomanic, which was a huge improvement from the suicidal depression I was experiencing, but I never felt totally out of control. This lasted quite a while. Have had some issues with memory and balance - not too severe though. In the past 8 months, I have noticed an increased appetite from 8 to 10 at night (I take Lamictal @ 6); it's a true hunger, not emotional eating. Also, someone mentioned breast size increase -ditto for me. Actually, have felt truly "normal" for the most prolonged period of my life which is why this gets a 5 for me. I do take it with mirtazapine. I do work out regularly and try to make good food choices in order to combat the 10 lbs I've gained. F 49 2 years
8/11/2008
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 5  Bipolar type II Nausea F 40 2 years
8/13/2008
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 5  manic depression I experience significant body temperate swings, to the extent that I must sit outside or in front of a high-speed fan to try to cool down enough to stop dripping sweat. For example, I had to stop blow drying my hair as it takes about an hour to cool down enough to put on clothing or lotion; my husband is going nuts because I want the house at 65F all the time. I take 300mg/day (150 2x/day). Barring the temperature swings, Lamictal has been a fantastic medication and regulates my mood wonderfully. Benefits include decreased anxiey, mood regulation, patience, and I can now sleep. F 37 2 years
8/19/2008
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 5  epilepsy nothing bad - lost some weight, feel much more grounded, NO seizures or even partial seizures at ALL (Neurontin is like nothing now that I see how much better Lamictal works). I'm very grateful for it. I take 300 mg right now. My typing is messed up and I do mix up words sometimes. Minor compared to loosing my drivers license because of epilepsy. DO NOT EVER TAKE MORE THAN YOUR DOSE!!!!!!! I was at the airport the other day, threw up this huge starbucks coffee. I figured, well I must have thrown up my lamictal because I had just taken it. So I took another 300 MG. within 20 minutes I was knocked out and could barely see, had to be taken off the plane in a wheelchair and (not to sound tacky,) it was like the worst psychedellic bad trip I could possibly imagine. My short term memory is now shot. I hope it didn't cause any damage to my brain I won't stop taking it though, because it sure helps my seizures. F 38 5 months
8/19/2008
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 5  Help with mood swings Weight Gain, Dizziness if missed It is so expensive if you do not have health insurance. It really will help you if you are not using drugs or drinking with it. The only way these medications will work is if you allow them to. Getting off of it is suppose to be difficult. F 19 3 years
8/20/2008

 5   F 31 1.5 years
8/23/2008

 5  Bipolar I Memory deficits in certain areas (remembering names/activities/dates, but my doctor told me that this may be a result of my manic/depressed episodes), body acne. When I forget to take a dose, I become manic, so I have to use an add on to bring me back to baseline. Lamictal is a wonderful medication and has probably saved my life. I had an eating disorder when I was younger and thoroughly researched all the different meds because I refused to be placed on anything that made me gain any weight. Lamictal was weight neutral for me with very few side effects. Follow your doctor's orders though and increase your dose slowly. I went off it once and tried to put myself back on it quickly and got the rash on my face. It made me learn my lesson. When used properly, it's a wonderful maintenance med. For the body acne, there are different ways to treat it. Honestly, I am so forgetful that it is partially my fault that it hasn't gone away. F 25 2.5 years
9/15/2008

 5  Migraines Hair loss. I suffered from migraines every day. This medicine has been my life saver!! I have not had a migraine in two years, but now I am experiencing hair loss. I am concerned. F 45 2 years
9/29/2008

 5  Bipolar II Sore muscles (went away). Memory problems- really bad at first, but has gotten much better. Still a little absentminded, but I'm okay with that. More forgetful especially when tired. Insomnia- but I have always had it, so I don't know if this makes it worse or not. Acne-unfortunately, that hasn't cleared up- now I see a dermatologist. Like someone said earlier- it has saved my life. I wasn't able to really see just how sick I was before until I had taken Lamictal (and I did feel it fairly soon after I started- maybe a week to 10 days). I've been pretty stable on it for the most part, except for during my period- I doesn't work as well during that time and that sucks.I currently take 300 mg per day and have for about a year and a half. It hasn't felt as effective for the past couple of months, but I see my p-doc today and she might titrate me up (she says there is room to do that)or add something. On the whole- sooooo worth it ! F 39 1 years
9/30/2008

 5  bipolar none Lamictal has been wonderful in relieving my bipolar symptoms. I feel normal again. F 45 6 months
4/5/2009

 5  Depression/ anxiety It has saved my life ! After many many years of being in and out of hospitals and being so afraid, not being able to get out of bed for weeks on end. I missed out alot when my kids were little. I finally have a life I have never known. THANK YOU LAMICTAL F 3 years
4/8/2009

 5  JME (juvenile myoclonic epilepsy) light sensitivity w/ headaches, night sweats and vivid dreams, feeling jittery if I'm late taking it (even by a couple of hours), somewhat slower cognitive and motor skills This drug has kept me seizure free and I can function again without fear of having a seizure. Side effects increase if I'm sleep deprived or stressed out but are manageable. My neurologist said I may be able to try going off of it next year, but I'm not sure I will as the benefits outweigh the side effects by a long shot F 24 3 years
7/23/2009

 5  Bipolar Disorder WEight gain very helpful; gave me complete stability; prevented manic episodes F 37 3 years
8/11/2009

 5  OCD/ Anxiety when i first started the medication i was on a very low dose that didn't help....then i took a bigger dose which caused me to have more anxiety, nausea and dizziness and headaches. Once my correct dosage was determined i had slight headaches and light nausea for a few days, but it went away. I have tried so many different meds and this is the only one that has been able to stabilize my condition. I can tell a tremendous difference in my complusive behavior especially. My mind seems more clear and focused, and I know it works because when i DON'T take it, i have serious anxiety and get shakey and lightheaded. F 28 6 months
8/13/2009

 5  Depression, mood instability Hair loss, acne, sometimes twinges in my muscles, irritability when I increase dosage - for a few days, vivid unpleasant dreams, change in sleep patterns Lamictal is a miracle for me. I haven't tried a lot of AD's - just Wellbutrin, which was terrible for me. I have very unstable moods (but no mania or hypomania), which is why I think Lamictal works when Wellbutrin didn't. Wellbutrin gave me terrible anxiety. Lamictal makes me feel normal. Maybe I have a little bit of memory problems and I wonder if it has affected my eyesight, but I'm not completely sure on either of those, so obviously it's not too bad. I tried the generic, and it made me terribly sleepy and fatigued. F 38 4 months
8/14/2009

 5  seizure None stoped seizure right away. A miricale pill. Expensive,but woth it. I had grand male and parciale seizures. Took 4 differant meds befour lamictal. They didn't help. I had side effects from all 4. F 61 15 years
8/23/2009

 5  bi-polar My 72 year old mother suffered greatly...severly depressed almost catatonic for 2 months, manic 2 months, somewhat normal 2 months..this cycle repeated itself for 2 years ! My 72 year old mother was put on lamictal starting out at 25 mgs twice a day...after 3 months she is taking 125 mg once a day and doing wonderful! I feel like I have my mother back...I highly recommend this medication but recommend starting out in small doses... F 72 3 months
8/25/2009
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 5  JME with Complex Partial seizures None....FINALLY SOMETHING THAT WORKS Lamictal has worked great for me,verse all the other medications Iv'e tried in the past(Depkene,Depkote,Depkote er and Topamax).It has reduced my seizures tremedously.I now only have around 3-6 a year,which isint really that bad as before I was having them all the time.Morning,noon and night.Mostly they only occur when Im around my triggers which are[photosensitivity to **flashes of a camera,strobes and flourescent lighting**one of my biggest triggers],low blood surgar,stress/in the beginning of getting a bug or virus,emotional stress,not enough sleep,and hormonal fluncuations.For when they do only occur out of no where I usually get aroud 2-4. F 18 3 years
8/25/2009
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 5  Bi-Polar Stiff neck, blurry vision Once I was on the full dose of 200mg the side effects went away, although I had to get my eyeglass prescription changed... Works fabulous. Gives me a sense of calm and that all is right with the world. Bad neckache if I skip a dose. F 46 10 years
8/28/2009
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 5  bipolar disorder fatigue, lack of appetite changed my life. Feel like I'm the person I was meant to be F 45 2 years
8/23/2009

 5  BiPolar II groggy in the morning, slight word recall problems wow. I feel like I've never lived a normal life until now. I'd long suffered from severe "overreactions" to things, if i had a problem at work, i'd be tortured by it, if i had a bad date, I'd be CRUSHED, if someone pissed me off, I'd spend HOURS ruminating on it and writing extremely thorough emails to them. I was STUCK in whatever emotion was happening, and I couldn't think straight. Lamictal is a drug to treat seizures, and it makes sense that this drug would help me. What happened to me was like an electrical storm in my brain of emotions. But Lamictal turns that off. Now, if something that used to set me off happens, I feel a "twinge" but that's as far as it goes. I'm able to see situations clearly and deal with them rationally. I've been able in the last two months to really see patterns of behavior that I could never deal with before. In the past I'd tried almost every antidepressant there was, but they never did anything for me (except a few made me feel "dead.") I still feel like me, except a better me. I do miss the torrent of creative ideas that I used to have, but I realize now that was a sort of mania, and I'll gladly take the slowed down version if it means I can deal with people better. Wish I'd found this years ago! F 41 2 months
8/29/2009

 5  Bipolar 2, with PTSD Bad jaw, and teeth pain, bleeding gums, sweats/chills,totally weird dreams,total loss of word recall, cognition difficulties, bad muscular aches in entire body 24/7 (including neck/back/gluts/legs) that pain pills did not help,loss of libido,twitches in legs/arms,eye scratchiness,irritated, acne breakouts daily, water retention,constipation,forgot what I had read,hair loss,feels like my scalp is open,loquacious,non-stop talking,not able to connect with my higher self,.... With all my side effects,I was on the "Generic", not the Brand, Dr told me that the pharmaceutical company only had to put in 60% of the med. He spoke to my coverage carrier, got the meds, from 700.00$, down to 200.00$ a month, and as SOON as I began taking it(I am now taking 50mg Extended Release), most of my pain, sleepiness, irritation,painful eyes,and jaw pain, went away!!!If you are experiencing all these side effects, and are taking the "Generic" brand, you may be as sensitive as I was, to the fillers, that they put in it. Attempt to go on the BRAND NAME. I cannot believe, what a difference that it makes. I am also taking Seroquel, 150mg, at nighttime, and I need a sleeping pill to fall asleep. The Dr also added an anti inflammatory drug, since my discs are leaning against my spine. I probably need something added to my "cocktail", and for right now, I am so grateful that I do not have suicadal/homicidal ideation, as I had before the Lamictal. For this, I am happy. I want to Thank Everyone, who has posted their experiences with this medication, so that I could see, that these side effects really do exist, even though the DR may not be convinced. We need to listen to our bodies, and trust ourselves. F 54 3 months
9/12/2009
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 5  Bipolar II fatigue, blurred vision for small print, short-term memory loss, confusion, loss of coordination (vertigo), dry mouth, mild stomach issues, hair loss, weight loss, possible back/body pains, causes BC to be less effective... When I was 17 I went on zoloft for "situational" depression. I went to college and was def. "life of the party". Something TOTALLY out of my character but didn't notice because I thought I was acting like the typical college freshman. Sophomore year I moved into an apartment with 3 girls. After we started classes (Aug) I started feeling different. I went to my fam doc and was put on welbutrin along with the zoloft. I eventually stopped going to class and at one period I didn't shower or brush my teeth for 3 days in a row. That's when I knew I needed help so I withdrew from school (Nov). I went to a psychiatrist and he diagnosed me with BPII. I was put on lamictal, along with the antidepressants. I worked my way up to 100mg of lamictal. I noticed by the 2nd week I started feeling better. However, my anxiety was REALLY bad still. He put me on 0.5mg of klonopin (up to 3 times a day). I felt relaxed but was VERY sleepy. Then it took a turn and I began to get restless, and my mind wouldn't shut up to let me fall asleep. My psych put me on 25mg of seroquel to help me sleep. That definitely worked. THEN, my life took another turn junior year. My boyfriend broke up with me and I was devastated. He bumped me up to 200mg of lamictal. Anyway, the main thing I still struggle with is grogginess and feeling out of it. I will still sleep 12+ hours sometimes. But, no matter what side effects I STILL have, it's so much better than the dark place I was a year ago. F 20 10 months
9/13/2009

 5  Lamicitin Over the last 10 years I have gained weight, suffer from chronic insomnia, loss of libido, blurred vision, poor concentration, sleepy during the day, short tempered, hair loss, bad skin. I always believed my doctor when he told me that there were no side effects. I am releived to find other people who are experiencing what I am. So I am not crazy ! I am going to reduce my dosage and hopefully the side effects will reduce too. I have been taking Lamictin for 10 years, I thought it was a miracle drug. It cured my mood swings, and all other symptoms that I suffer from as a result of right frontal lobe brain damage,caused by a motor vehicle accident. My doctor has always said there are no side effects, but now I realise that there are many side effects and many other people are experiencing them too. I am taking 300mg per day, but have decided to reduce my dosage to 200mg. After reading everyones, comments it seems to me that on 200mg the side effects will be greatly reduced. F 46 10 years
9/25/2009
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 5  Cyclothymia- Mostly Depressive Short term memory loss! I'd forget to go to routine appointments I've had for years, and forget to turn in assignments. I forget everything. Also, I believe I have a major case of ADD because my attention span is basically gone. I got really bad acne, but that might be because I had to get off the pill (which helps with acne). Finally, my speech and grammar get messed up- especially with tenses. It's all really embarrassing for me because I'm an outstanding student at an ivy league school and the side effects are changing how I view myself. I'm on 50mg, and the side effects I mentioned are only getting worse as the dose increases. What's ironic is that I don't care about the side effects as much as I should because I see how well its working for me. My mood is better than ever. I was terrified of this drug before I started taking it. If the side effects weren't ruining my grades and relationships I'd go so far as to call it a miracle drug. F 20 1 months
10/18/2009

 5  Bipolar type 2 None. This medication was a Godsent. F 23 2 years
3/25/2009

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