139 patient evaluations for Lamotrigine

BlueSunshyne
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BlueSunshyne
Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
38 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
Bipolar II

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Jun 23, 2009 (Started Jan 06, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Treat my mood condition(s): Major
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Sore throat (Pharyngitis), Word finding difficulty, Word fishing, Dry mouth (xerostomia), Headaches, Problems concentrating, Nasal congestion, Problems concentrating, Nasal congestion

  • 3 helpful marks
devinrocksmyworld
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devinrocksmyworld
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Sex: M
  • Age: 27
Condition:
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Unreported
  • Physical: Unreported
I am: g

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Sep 27, 2008 (Started Aug 01, 2008)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Other: Slight
  • Perceived effectiveness for Treat my mood condition(s): Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Increase effect of another treatment: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Don't take more than 100mg for Bipolar a day quickly. The side effects go from mild to moderate. The distorted sparkes went crazy, slight pains like growing pains appeared, the calf cramps made it hard to walk, it made me really sedated, and my reaction time was 5X slower. My friends would hit me in the face, and I didn't respond to it until 2 seconds later. At 100mg a day and over a month into it, the side effects are pretty much non-existent. If you experience calf muscle cramping, it's from a Calcium deficiency. Lamotrigine decreases Vitamin D, which absorbs calcium. Take one or two Calcium+D tablets a day. It is a glutamate inhibitor and sodium channel blocker, so MSG has no direct mental effects. I was worried that it would make the effects less effective, but then I heard about a woman who took it for migraines that were sensitive to MSG. That also means that L-Glutamin is fine to take as a weight lifting supplement. Overall, it has made me much more reliable and stable. I get mild hi, lows, and mixed swings still, but that's nothing compared to what I'm capable of. The mixed swings have increased, but again, they've been really mild. It also has a slight elevating effect so that mood swings tend to be in the positive direction. Socially, it has killed my over-hyperness and anxiety. I think that's a very good thing. I can actually talk to people without being a d*ck or a creep.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Visual disturbance, Hair loss, Cramps in calf muscles, Slowed reaction time, Sedation

  • 2 helpful marks
rain or shine
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rain or shine
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
51 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
Bipolar I

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Jan 1, 2009 (Started May 08, 2008)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Other: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 13, 2008 (Started May 08, 2008)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Other: Slight
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Itchiness is one thing, but if you develop any rash (no matter how small or insignificant you may think it is) go the nearest hospital emergency room. Rashes caused by Lamictal can be fatal if not treated immediately.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 29, 2008 (Started May 08, 2008)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Treat my mood condition(s): Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: risk of dangerous rash. if your develop a rash, go to the nearest emergency room
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 1, 2008 (Started May 08, 2008)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Treat my mood condition(s): Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I started Lamictal SLOWLY because it is necessary. I did not have a rash (which can be life-threatening-GET TO THE ER) but did have a lot of itching for the first month, talked to my psychiatrist and he said not to worry about it and then it stopped. I was worried I would not be able to take Lamictal and was disappointed because it was the first medication I was given as I am recently diagnosed. I am able to take Lamicatal and I am so happy with this medication. It has really helped my mood disorder. I notice if I am a couple hours late taking my dose I get really irritated. It really does make a big difference. Some days, of course, my mood is all over the place or totally up or totally down. I believe medications are great, but sometimes I think no medication can controll all mood fluctuations when you have bipolar disorder. I have been on the same dosage for months and sometimes think I need a higher dose, but my psychiatrist disagrees at this point. I listen to him because he knows more than I do about mood disorders. I have never handled my mood swings very well on my own (hence, alcohol & drugs).
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 2 helpful marks
briguy4u8
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briguy4u8
Sex: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Moderate
39 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Bipolar Disorder

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Jun 24, 2009 (Started Sep 25, 2008)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar Disorder: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: so far I think it's helped me quite a bit.

  • 2 helpful marks
zoomer
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zoomer
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Low
59 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
Bipolar I

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Apr 6, 2011 (Started Jan 01, 2006)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar Disorder: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Lamictal has helped to stabilize my moods to an even greater extent than originally given credit for. I had a short time on half dose and the increase in mood swings and loss of emotional control returned BIGtime. I have experienced none of the reported side effects .. This medication gives me a sense of balance and curbs the extreme shifts, as in rapid cycling.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 25, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2006)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar Disorder: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Lamictal has been like a miracle in stabilizing my moods. my moods have more level consistently since starting Lamictal. I love it.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 24, 2009 (Started Jan 01, 2006)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar Disorder: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Lamictal continues to work as an effective mood stabilizer, my last depressive episode due to med changes was not severe as episodes before Lamictal. No side effects at this high dose either.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 13, 2009 (Started Jan 01, 2006)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar Disorder: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Given time all negative side effects I may have experienced have disappeared. This medication is an effective mood stabilizer in my regime of meds.

Jul 26, 2009 (Started Jan 01, 2006)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar Disorder: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 2 helpful marks
where.the.boys.are
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where.the.boys.are
Sex: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Low
36 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: vg
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

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Oct 24, 2008 (Started Jan 02, 2006)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Treat my mood condition(s): Slight
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: after going off it for a few weeks, i noticed increased feeling of depression that lasted for a almost a week until my doctor put me back on at a lower dose. now i am at 100 mg daily and seem to be doing fine.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 28, 2008 (Started Jan 02, 2006)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Treat my mood condition(s): Slight
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: not too helpful for unipolar depression.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark
kgeneva
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kgeneva
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Sex: F
  • Age: 49
Condition: 11 additional condition(s)
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Unreported
  • Physical: Unreported
I am: b

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Nov 24, 2008 (Started Oct 03, 2008)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Treat my mood condition(s): Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Sometimes
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: $200+ monthly
Side effects: Sleepiness, Headaches, Problems concentrating

  • 1 helpful mark
Alicialeeanne
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Alicialeeanne
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 1
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Moderate
32 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: vg
I have:
Bipolar I

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Apr 22, 2009 (Started Apr 22, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar Disorder: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Very
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: Insomnia, Weight gain, Nightmares, Nausea, Problems concentrating, Dizziness, Problems concentrating

  • 1 helpful mark
sepiam
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sepiam
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 4
Mania: 0
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: None
37 F
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
ADHD/ADD

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May 3, 2009 (Started Sep 03, 2008)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar Disorder: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Never
  • Burden: Very
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: Weight gain

  • 1 helpful mark
Bellasnanna
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Bellasnanna
Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Depression: 4
Mania: 1
Emotional: 4
Anxiety: 4
Compulsion: 4
External Stress: None
52 F
Function: Low
Distress: High
I am: n
I have:
Bipolar II

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May 15, 2009 (Started Nov 23, 2008)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar Disorder: None
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 375 mg Daily

May 12, 2009 (Started Nov 23, 2008)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar Disorder: None
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This treatment doesn't seem to be working for me.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark
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