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 5  bipolar, mood stability At first I was slightly drowsy in the morning. I am having trouble with my knees "falling out" which started around the same time I started my lamictal. . Has anyone encountered a similar situation? Beside my knees, which could be due to anything (don't want to blame the drug) BUT lamictal absolutely saved my life and the ones around me. I was a mess, post partum, bipolar, anxiety, depression, manic. It has literally saved me! I am SO HAPPY my doctor prescribed this medication for me. F 27 4 years
200 mg
 1  bipolar Both eyes feel like something is I'm them I wipe it put drops nothing it slowly happen its really weird my left eye is worst of it the side feels raw or something but I just taken that med today so I hope it gets better or idk They need to figure out what's wrong a person without pills to make us Ginny pigs its stupid M 32 3 months
 5  depression with severe mood swings I have a slight case of lamictal brain-fuzz. My memory is a little worse and I have trouble spelling when I didn't before, but it is mild. I've been cycling through depression meds for 7 years. I used to have extremely bad mood swings that were uncontrollable...I could go from happy to extremely depressed or irritated in a matter of minutes. I felt horrible because the slightest thing could set a mood swing off, like a ripped pair of jeans. Lamictal has been a godsend and has helped in a way no other medication has. I hope I never have to stop taking it; I am still depressed at times but it is milder and now my moods are mostly stable and my life isn't being taken over by my mental illness. F 26 6 months
 1  Mood Swings This drug has made my asthma horrible. My rescue inhaler barely helps. This made my mood swings worse and my anxiety 10 times worse. I've also had a few panic attacks. I haven't had a panic attack in a year or so. It also causes me to have an extremely dry mouth. F 22 3 days
25 Mg 1X D
 5  Bipolar This medication has saved my marriage. I was a mess before I started taking it. I picked fights with my husband constantly. Finally, he told me he couldn't take it anymore and was considering leaving. I knew at that point that if I wanted our marriage to work, I was going to have to get help. My doctor put me on Lamictal and within days I noticed an improvement in my mood. I'm not 100%, but I am much better off than I was before I started taking it. I have a lot going on in my life, including the loss of loved ones and dealing with several medical issues with myself as well as my children...some of these issues are progressive and incurable. Lamictal has helped me deal with everything head on, instead of curling up in a ball crying and being unable to face life. I can finally be strong for my family. Things could not be better between my husband and I. We get along great and we're finally able to give our children the loving, stable environment they deserve. I will never stop taking this medication. As far as side effects, if I have any, they have been so mild that I haven't even noticed them. Yes, some people do have unpleasant side effects, but that's a possibility with every medication out there...even Tylenol. What works for some, clearly does not work for others. You'll never know if this will be a right fit for you unless you give it a chance. It's worth a try, in my opinion. F 35 1 years
100 MG
 4  BP 2 General Fatigue following light jogging. Recent tinnitus. Dry eyes. Poor sleep, can't get to or back to sleep. Sometimes wake up with head feeling warm. Allergies got worse. I might try to get off this drug. I could deal with other side affects but the fatigue and tinnitus are too much added to other side effects. M 53 9 days
150 mg
 4  Depression and anxiety. Short term memory loss and some dizziness. May be causing some calcium and vitamin D oroblems, still testing. Some lethargy and fatigue. F 49 2 years
30 mf
 1  BIPOLAR AND ADHD This drug made me stare out of the window, non social, people kept telling me I was not myself and asking me what was wrong and I did not feel like myself. I was not thinking at all. There are alot of people who do not know I am adhd or bipolar, they just think I am a get her done type of person and am very social. Limictal with paxil made me a zombie, did not feel comfortable, my stomache always hurt- would try to make it feel better by eating,but that did not help. I forget all of my symptoms but I felt as if I were dying. I also have never had gory and mutilation dreams, being scared and trying to run away. I started having horrible seeming so real nightmares. I am thinking that I was misdiagnosed as bipolar and I am only adhd. Both run in my family and I did tell the dr. I went to that I don't believe I have strong bipolar symptoms. I know what a person acts like and the symptoms from speaking with 2 of my sisters that have bipolar. My sisters have said that they have those kind o F 30 3 years
30 MG 1X D
 5  bipolar 2 Blurred vision, runny nose, HORRIBLE night sweats F 15 6 months
 5  bi polar II I have had no side effects what so ever. This medication is like the missing link in my brain. I got a diagnosis of bi polar II disorder in 2005. I have been treated for depression only in the past...unaware that the ssri's would make me hypomanic. Lamictal has helped me so much. It evens out my moods, which for the most part is good. I also take celexa. They even out my moods and dull them a bit, but it is better then crying all the time, insomnia, paranoia, and rage. It sucks having to be on medication. I wish I could go off them and be a normal person, because I have had periods in my life when I was "normal" but if I miss even a single dose I am struggling to function and if I miss a few days my world literally falls apart, can't work or function around people. Anyway, it has helped me a lot and it has helped me stay sober. Haven't had a drink in almost 6 years. F 48 5 years
200mg 1X D
 2  Bipolar II with mixed states Inability to orgasm, problems with talking, eyesight changes, confusion, short term memory loss, trouble sleeping All in all, this drug has been a godsend for me and my relationships. While I'm still struggling to become a better person, this drug has removed quite a few roadblocks. I have side effects and they definitely bother me after having been on the drug for a few years, so I'm considering weening off after speaking to my doctor. Two years ago you might have found me either exercising or crying uncontrollably any giving time of the day, even at work on breaks, but now I'm a pretty well adjusted person who's finally calmed down enough to pursue some interests other than drinking and laying around watching tv. From what I've read about lamictal, it's nothing you want to stay on long term, especially if you having side effects. As far as side effects go, (and pardon, i'm in a hypomanic state atm) I tend towards mixing up my words, forgetting what i'm saying midsentence (which makes me look like a total DA at work), I have swirly and sometimes static like vision, especially when I'm looking at bright objects like the sky and the computer. I have residual images constantly, I have a hard time getting my brain to "work" sometimes, like during math, and some trouble sleeping. I also have stiff muscles and find myself clenching my entire body during the day and at night. So basically, it's worsened the normal effects of hypomanic states in bipolar disorder, in many ways, while keeping me completely level headed about it, if that makes sense. F 24 2 years
50 1X D
 1  Bi-Polar Feelings of indifference, increased disasociation with reality, irrational thoughts sometimes stemming from "lucid dreams" that he is certain mean something. Sporatic and unpredictable aggresion accompanied by severe shaking. Disreguard for responsibilities. Warped sence of invincibility. Increased confusion and inability to cope with distractions. I am writting this on behalf of my husband as a warning to other concerned spouses/children/partners/parents out there that are experiencing, second hand, the negative side effects that this drug may be having on their loved one. After my husband began taking Lamictal he started feeling "better" quickly. This led to sudden thoughts that he is in his right mind and should be focusing on him and his needs while his children and wife sit on the sidelines. He has now lost his wife and children and beleives that it is a good thing. He has left the house and is only paying for his room and board where he is staying and refuses to pay the bills he left with his wife and children. This is all very recent and who is to know if he will remain happy with these changes but he has very limited interaction with his children at this point and the effects on them have been huge. It does appear that he feels better but from what I see it is only better because he isn't reguarding any of the responsibilities that he has. Only time will tell how he responds when reality hits him but from what I have seen so far he will continue to withdrawl. He refuses to listen to my feedback about his treatment and has concocted a grand story in his mind that I am the root of his anger issues and with out me he will now be better. He has taken this to the extreme of simplifying our seperation saying that I just didn't want him to go hiking so I ended our seven year relationship and tore our children F 32 3 months
100 MG 1X D
 5  Epilepsy - Schizenchephaly Initially trouble sleeping, more frequent urination, have to get up at night to go, need to clear my throat more often, heart palpitations. I've had great results with Lamictal and have not had a seizure for 11 months. I haven't had any serious side effects, probably the worst of which is minor heart palpitations but I am very pleased. I have a rare congenital disorder and lived a completely normal life until I was 20. I had 8 total seizures within a 9 month period but have not had one for 11 months now since being on lamictal as I approach my 22nd birthday. I am back to a normal life about to graduate from college in May 2011. M 22 10 months
200mg 2X D
 5  epilepsy M 40 6 months
150 2X D
 4  Bipolar I, Hypomania & Depression None at first, spontaneous and rapidly worsening symptons after 8 months. After months of severe insomnia, suicidal thoughts, etc. lamictal was a godsend. Within a couple weeks my entire life turned around. No significant side effects, but I generally don't get side effects. It continued to work through the summer, wasn't affected by any pain killers from a few surgeries. What really made me realize it's full effect was how well it worked during a really disastrous breakup. Never been so sad in my life, but I was able to function, go to school, etc. I didn't have any suicidal thoughts like I would have had in the past. Mid-October, it suddenly stopped. It started with insomnia, restlessness, crying all the time, inability to finish work, lack of motivation, couldn't get out of bed, extreme hunger, etc. I was put on 300 mg... no change. I started getting weird anxious energy, like... when I was upset or stressed I started acting "scary." Spontaneous, very neurotic reactions to little things. Inability to connect to emotions, connect to physical actions. I'm so glad someone else reported this: weird, compulsive head-scratching. And my shoulders and collar bones. I picked at my skin until I had little scabs like bugbites, but I never realized it. I displayed all the symptoms of public anxiety but never ever felt paranoid or anxious. This December it's continued to get worse, severe depression and listlessness, crazy insomnia, apathy... I started Seroquell XR which was miserable. Still on the Lamictal until I start Lithium tomorrow. F 19 10 months
150-300 mg 1X D
 1  epilepsy severe headaches all day/every day...insomnia..severe memory loss (started 2 fires in my kitchen!!! i can't do more than one thing at a time..walk in room & forget why i went there)..weight gain @ 2 lbs/week & i don't overeat this med has reduced my number of seizures but the side effects are nasty, nasty...this is my 4th doc wants me to start Topamax...boy am i scared!!!..i cannot get a return call from him about the problems i'm off to the ER tomorrow!!! pathetic if you ask me M 47 2 months
200 1X D
 1  Anxiety BiPolar Depression Bleedling gumes, rotting teeth, mouth sores and ulcers, rashed and hives, vision changes,hot flashesm bone aches, chest pains, extreme headaches, lack of creating tears, memory loss. I have taken Lexapro and Xanax with much success but felt at 75%. I was so happy when the nurse practitioner stated "I can get you 100%." I was estatic. Last week I looked at my bleeding gums and loss of enamel and rotting teeth. I NEVER have had teeth problems in my life. I immediately went online for natural products (Celtic Sea Salt) to correct the problem. Itching I have to take Atarax. I took all of the pills left in the starter pack and flushed them down the toilet. DOT NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE. YOU WILL LOSS TOOTH ENAMEL AND YOUR TEETH WILL ROT. I CALLED DR AND THEY WOULD NOT RETURN MY CALLS. I am a writer and I wanted to stabilize my moods but now my energies would be better served writing an expose on this EXPENSIVE MEDICINE AND I HAVE INSURANCE. I have never had severe side effects with meds with the exception of a headache or two. THIS MEDICINE WOULD KEEP ME UP ALL NIGHT AND THEN WHEN I WOULD SLEEP I WOULD HAVE THE STRANGEST DREAMS. I AM GOING TO RESEARCH NATURAL METHODS TO HELP ME WAVE MY KIDNEYS. OH AND MY MENSTRUAL CYCLE WOULD START WHENEVER IT FELT LIKE IT. THIS DRUG WITH KILL YOU AND ALSO I WOULD HAVE BLIND SPOTS IN THE CORNERS OF MY EYES WHERE I COULDN'T SEE. THROW THIS MEDICINE AWAY BECAUSE THE SIDE EFFECTS CAN COME IN YEARS OF TAKING OR WEEKS. I HAVE DONE A LOT OF RESEARCH AND IT IS THE SCARIEST MEDICINE AVAILABLE... F 40 5 weeks
beginners 1X D
 1  Seizure disorder Unbelievable side effects with this medication. I feel like a basket case. Severe anxiety; Mood swings; Memory loss (short term); Trouble concentrating; Poor word retrieval; Imbalance; Vivid, horrible dreams F 48 6 months
100 mg 3X D
 5  Bipolar II mild muscle weakness and blurred vision It was the only drug I could stay on. The others either didn't work or the side effects were so bad that I had to stop taking them. It's been very effective in conjunction with welbutrin & stress reduction. 450 mg seems like a lot compared to what others are taking, but it seems to be how much I need. M 57 10 years
150 3X D
 5  Bi-polar 2 Eye twitching, clumsy It has been a LIFESAVER for me. It is the only thing that has kept me stable for the last 7 years. The eye twitching just started so I am not sure if it is due to it or not. F 29 7 years
300 mg 1X D

LAMICTAL CD  (LAMOTRIGINE):  Lamotrigine is used alone or with other medications to prevent and control seizures. It may also be used to help prevent the extreme mood swings of bipolar disorder in adults. Lamotrigine is known as an anticonvulsant or antiepileptic drug. It is thought to work by restoring the balance of certain natural substances in the brain. This drug is not approved for use in children younger than 2 years due to an increased risk of side effects (such as infections).   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)