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 5  BiPolar 1/Personality disorder The only side effects I experienced was the acne and I did notice slight short term memory loss=at a loss for words--word was on tip of tongue but couldn't remember, or transposing words, might have been some constipation in the beginning. Both have not happened after about a month of increasing dosage to 200mg a day. I was able to remedy the acne that with LOTS of water (68-70oz a day) and Mary Kay Blemish Toner and Mary Kay Acne Treatment Gel. No Hair thinning. THIS DRUG HAS MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD. Before taking Lamotrigine I took Wellbutrin 300XL mg 1x a day for about 4 years. I was still weepy and obsessed over negative thoughts, I just thought this was the way I was inherently and could never change. I needed to go to a new MD because of insurance and he diagnosed me as having cyclical personality disorder and the mildest form of Bi-Polar disorder. This drug has helped me tremendously and would try anything to KEEP taking it. I haven't cried since taking it; find it a bit easier to let things go. The only negative I experienced I had is the cystic acne, but seems to subside over time, drinking LOTS of water and changing my skin regiment. I have always had beautiful skin without any effort, so the acne really bothered me. But this pill has done such wonders for me that I didn't want to abandon it, especially since it has not affected my weight. When I first started using the Mary Kay products I used the toner 3x a day and applied the acne gel after. I was able to get rid of a blemish after only 2 days of using the Mary Kay. I do not sell Mary Kay, I am only giving this information for those who might have the same experience. F 38 3 months
200 1X D
7/10/2010
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 5  Biploar II None. After suffering for six years with "refactory depression" my current pdoc recognized signs of bipolar II and prescribed lamictal. Within three days I felt SANE! The suicidal ruminations, anger and irritability vanished. I can now think CLEARLY and I'm beginning to experience real emotions again. For years I had been experiencing emotional instability that was attributed to a personality disorder, but after taking Wellbutrin for the first time I began rapid cycling and my doc figured it out. Not a happy pill like some AD's, but I will take normal any day. M 38 21 days
50 1X D
7/2/2010

 5  mood stabilizer Sanity I LOVE lamictal. I have tried other medications and after HORRIBLE side effects the docs put me on this. I have never felt better in my life! I ran out of insurance due to losing a job and had to go off of it. It was then that I saw what it really does for me. (withdrawals are a b*$@h, as was the rearing up of the mood disorder)Fortunately, I was quickly employed and after adjusting back to my dose, I was sane again. I LOVE lamictal and am actually scared of going off of it when I plan to get pregnant. (Studies are unclear about effects in-utero)I know not everything works for everyone, after all none of the other meds I tried worked for me...but I am BEYOND pleased with Lamictal. F 29 5 years
100MG 1X D
7/1/2010

 5  Epilepsy Memory loss, hair thinning, rare bone crushing headache at night, loose train of thought easier, slightly dizzy when eyes closed. Only had seizures at night - I think about 3 or 4 (memory loss). One when I tried weaning off. I've been attributing the hair thinning and memory loss to aging, but after reading these posts I'm not sure. The hair thinning is not too bad (yet) but worry some. Memory loss bothers me a lot though. My short term is getting pretty bad. The couple of headaches I've had (only at night while sleeping - like the seizures) were so bad I thought my head was going to explode, but I haven't had one like that for a few years - thank God. I have had severe joint pain, but was finally diagnosed with RA about 6 years ago. I never know what to attribute to Lamictal (generic for the past 2-3 years) vs age, etc. Over all I've been very happy with it. I agree with another "poster" who mentions that most people doing well with this drug probably don't check this web site, but I'm glad I finally did. A great forum! M 50 10 years
200 mg 2X D
6/15/2010

 5  atypical rapid cycle bipolar worsened short term memory loss, worsened stutter, worsened difficulty finding words, worsened trouble focusing, increase in acne problems. In November 2008, I was diagnosed with atypical rapid cycling bipolar disorder, non-combat related PTSD, panic disorder w/o agoraphobia, rape trauma disorder, ADHD combined type, and hypersexual behavior. The shrink put me on Celexa and Seroquel. The Seroquel began to help immediately, but the Celexa took a few weeks to kick in. The Celexa helped with the depression for a few months, but I still had manic episodes and pretty bad mood swings. Eventually it stopped working all together causing panic attacks. After I started having psychotic episodes, my shrink switched me to Lamictal. The FIRST DAY I started noticing the difference. I was calmer and happier. After a few weeks, the mood swings had gone from 7-15 a day to once or twice every few days. The panic attacks tapered off, and my nightmares tapered off. Lamictal did decrease my sex drive, but I saw it as more of a blessing. Since I began taking Lamictal, I now have a NORMAL healthy sex drive. I'm not driven to risky sexual behavior that was dangerous not only to my physical health but to my relationships. This medication has helped me tremendously. M 23 10 months
75 mg 1X D
5/26/2010
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 5  Major depression / dysthymia None so far. My doc says she has been using this since the mid-90s and she's never had any complaints of side effects. It's hard to believe that some of the recurring side effects I've seen on here are not real, because I've been told before that a medicine wasn't causing a particular side effect when I knew it was. But, in her experience she claims no side effects. So that's a positive. We'll see. I'm taking the starter pack. Just finished my 25 mg two week dose and started today on 50 mg. I have suffered from depression for years, and have tried everything. I re-ordered these posts so that I only saw the 5 star ratings, and it has given me some hope. Thus far, I feel no effects, but that doesn't bother me. I understand it might take awhile. I'm at a really low state right now, so I'm hoping like crazy for some relief. I'm making a promise to update this post every two weeks for the next two months, and then periodically after that if I'm still on it. If I start to feel positive effects, I'll update sooner! Fingers crossed, I feel like this is my last resort. I'm glad it's prescribed for treatment resistant depression, because if it was just another anti-d, I would have little hope. I'm rating it a 5, because if it does what I'm hoping, it will be a miracle drug to me. M 33 2 weeks
50 MG 1X D
5/26/2010
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 5  Depression A little sleepy sometimes. Very easy to fall asleep at night. Easy to nap. This drug stabilizes my mood without major side effects. A minor one for me is sometimes I get a little sleepy. Not sure if this is the drug or poor sleep hygiene. The side effects are therefore very mild. I am not carefree, but I can cope. I don't sink so low anymore. M 47 6 months
150 1X D
5/25/2010

 5  Bipolar II Nothing major I was really ill - 3 hospital admissions in total and loads of day care. Lamotrigine really turned things around. I was more depressed than manic and it was definitely good for the depressive symptoms. NOTHING else worked as well. I am now off Lamotrigine as trying for a baby and have managed to remain stable, but would go on it again if symptoms worsened. F 32 7 years
400mg 1X D
5/3/2010

 5  Trigeminal Neuralgia None. This drug has saved my life. I have literally tried dozens of different medications for horrific nerve pain in the face (trigeminal neuralgia) due to a brain tumor and this is the only one that has worked so well with NO side effects. I was so scared to start taking it because of the possibility of a rash, but I'm glad I gave it a chance. I titrated on to it VERY slowly starting at 12.5 MG and now after 3 months I am up to 100 MG which is working well so I plan to stay at that dose unless I need to increase it. I was also scared of hair loss and acne, neither of which I've gotten. In fact, I had a slight hormonal acne problem before lamictal which ironically has completely cleared up since taking the lamictal! Maybe a coincidence but who knows. I'm am just so grateful that it is working for my pain. F 25 3 months
50 2X D
3/31/2010

 5  rapid-cycling bipolar type II None Extremely effective as a mood stabilizer. Very good in combination with a low dosage of klonopin for anxiety M 43 2 years
200 2X D
3/16/2010

 5  OCD/Mood Swings/Depression Constipation - went away after a week. Mild headaches, also went away after a week. Slight hair thinning, but not enough for me to freak out about. I love this medication! I am taking it with Prozac and Vyvanse. I'm 37 and have struggled for almost a decade to try and find the right combination of meds for me.... what I am on now has been a LIFESAVER! Clearer thinking, less dwelling on negative thoughts, ability to maintain organization (ie office paperwork, checkbook balancing, etc) Currently on 50 mg but Dr. is going to up me to 100 mg next month. I feel like a brand new person!!! Can't imagine how I've lasted so long before without it! F 37 30 days
50 1X D
3/10/2010
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 5  bipolar II, OCD. short memory impairment, at the beginning increased mood swings, but now none! this medication in combo now with luvox has literally saved my mind and my life. nothin' else to say. M 24 6 months
100 mg 2X D
2/28/2010

 5   Euphoria, clearness of thinking, energy and finishing tasks increased. A lot of sleeping and dreaming. F 55 7 days
25mg 1X D
2/27/2010

 5  Seizures Uncoordinated, sleepiness, dizziness & headaches. Mostly uncoordinated & my short term memory is horrible. My seizures/stiffness were only at night. I took a few other anti-seizure medicines in 1997-2002 that never cured my seizures. Ever since I've been on 150mg a day on lamictal I have had none. I only had 4 seizures in my life (starting 1997) from a brain contusion in 1990. Lamictal does help, my side affects are dizziness, short term memory problem (But I think everyone has that-lol) sleepiness and hair loss. I notice if I get too tired and stressed my dizziness gets worse. My Dr. decided last month he doesn't trust generic drug makers anymore and put me on the name brand 200 mg a day. Well, for that whole week I swear, I was dizziness everyday. So bad, I would cry before I went to bed. It was like I was spinning all day. And, I rolled my eyes in back of my head everyday. I thought it was from the dizziness. Then on the 7th day on the 200 mg I looked online searching what the rolling of the eyes mean. I was having an absence seizure all the time. Called the after hour Dr. and he put me back on the generic 150 mg a day (75mg a.m. & 75mg p.m.) So, the drug works from eliminating my seizures, but I need a smaller dose. Remember, everyone is different on side effects. F 34 7 years
150mg 1X D
2/9/2010

 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  Mild/Moderate Bi-Polar Just sort of a thick kind of feeling, like a thickness in my head. Also a good deal of general lethargy. I also have IBS, but that could be from anything. However, much milder side effects than anything else I've taken, and I was on 300 mg for 5 years. I'm surprised by the side effects people are reporting, such as hair loss, muscle soreness, weight gain, etc. From an athletic perspective, I was able to compete competitively in tennis while taking lamictal. I found it to be very mentally balancing, no depression or mania at 300 mg. However, I am tired of not having enough energy, and have reached a new spiritual level, so I have been tapering off. I am down to 150 mg, but won't go lower for a long time, as I have noticed a resurgence in depression. In regards to hair loss, which I wouldn't necessarily attribute to this, I would recommend taking propecia. It's expensive, but works unbelievably well, and they have it for women as well. M 32 6 years
1/17/2010

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

 5   F 20 4 years
1/3/2010

 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  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  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  Manic depressive Bipolar disorder None. But alcohol does affect the purpose of drug. I take 100 mg every morning along with Wellbutrin 150 mg SR. I have been progressing in my life. This was the answer to opening my future. M 25 8 months
12/7/2009
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 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  Epilepsy-complex partial seizures no significant side effects noted Completely stopped seizures when I reached therapuetic dose. I had taken depakote,keppra,trileptal and zonegran. Only trileptal worked and I was allergic so it was stopped. Zonegran was horrible, and caused a horrible depression. M 12 18 months
12/2/2009

 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  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  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  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  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  ocd and bipolar II starting rashes just gone away, costipation, vivid dreams. this drug has been a great discover. it helps me a lot with impulsiveness, with intrusive thoughts, and compulsion. he avoids in me panic attacks, anxiety and phobias. it helps also in depression, better that other mood stabilizerrs in combo with antidepressant. M 23 2 months
9/1/2009

 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  Epilepsy None. Excellent medication. I have complex partial seizure disorder. I was on tegretol for many years and it was a horrible medication for me. With tegretol, I always felt like I was "on the edge" and seizures seemed to come at any random time. Lamictal was first started as a supplementary medication and I almost instantly noticed the change. Within a few months, my neurologist stopped the tegretol altogether and my seizures are a thing of the past. M 42 9 years
8/29/2009

 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  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  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  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  Rapid Cycle Bipolar Brief periods of hypomania with any increase in dose. Slight fatigue, along with some clumsiness and minor memory issues. I have noticed what some call 'emotional flatness'; a better term for it is MOOD STABILIZATION. This is BY FAR the best medication I have been given. It has been a fantastic mood stabilizer for me; from the very first dose of 25mg. It does a great job of stopping my rapid cycle down swings; it has is very effective in relieveing my depression. There are side effects, but they are far fewer and far less intense that other medications; and I have been on a few. The only issue I have had with lamictal is it's interaction with my Celexa. I had to cut down on my Celexa dose once I reached 100mgs of Lamictal because 20mgs of Celexa kicked me into a full blown manic phase. The day I upped to 100mgs of Lamictal, I took my dose of Celexa and had the first full manic episode I'd had in months. But, cutting back on the Celexa was a necessary part of the process anyway. Also take the warnings about the rash seriously; if you develop one, go into see a doctor. M 2 months
8/16/2009

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

 5  Bipolar 1 Minor fatigue early on, body pains in the beginning and at each dose increase - if you have a minor backache the dose increase will cause it to be a major backache, but only for a few days. Works very well for me. For about 8 years I was on Seroquel and Depakote and gained tons of weight - either extremely hungry or tired. On Lamictal I have been able to adjust to a very healthy lifestyle and have lost over 100lbs. With Lamictal I have attained the most stability I've ever enjoyed. M 38 1 years
8/2/2009

 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  Dysthymia, Depression, Mood Swings No side effects. None. I have tried 15 or 20 different antidepressants over 20 years. None helped. Now I feel better. Mood crashes are less frequent and not so deep. Recovery is quite fast. I feel better, happier, easier, "more like myself." FINALLY. I have been taking 200 mgs per day, and am now starting to take 250 mgs per day, to see if I can squeeze out a bit more benefit. M 52 4 months
7/7/2009

 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  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  GAD/Depression None Went for years, trying every medication out there. Finally hit upon the cocktail of Lexapro and Lamictal. It is like the clock has been turned back for me to a time prior to my problems emerging. (the Lexapro alone did not do it. It was not until after we added the Lamictal that I gained relief) M 59 11 months
6/11/2009

 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 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  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 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 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 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 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  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 2 leg tremors, decreased appetite, night sweats and am a zombie the first day the dosage is increased via the starter pack. 2 weeks ago I was desperate, considering hospitalization, deeply depressed and having a really hard time functioning esp. in the AM when I couldn't stop crying-- nothing was wrong but couldn't stop weeping. Today the symptoms are GONE. I'M BACK! It feels glorious to be myself again. I'm only on 50 mg currently. I split the dose so I take 25mg in PM and 25mg in AM, that really helped with my out of control emo mornings. M 3 weeks
4/22/2009

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

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