140 patient evaluations for Lamotrigine

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Sep 27, 2008 (Started Aug 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Other)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Side effects
    Mild (vision problems, slowed reaction time, sedation, hair loss, cramps in calf muscles)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
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: vision problems, hair loss, cramps in calf muscles, slowed reaction time, sedation

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Sep 22, 2008 (Started Jun 15, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 26, 2008 (Started Jun 15, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 30, 2008 (Started Jun 09, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (rash on face, scars)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: My favourite meds actually. Never felt so good mentally, so thats why we tryied to put me on it twice. But both times I got some serious rash and the doctors assumed it was Stevens–Johnson syndrome. Still have nasty scars left from that shit. Oh well. I survived at least.
Side effects: rash on face, scars

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Aug 29, 2008 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

May 27, 2008 (Started May 25, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (rash or skin problems)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 13, 2008 (Started Mar 14, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for seizures (absence or petit mal))
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 22, 2008 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bipolar I disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Side effects were severe

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 1, 2007 (Started Jun 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (rashes (redness, swelling))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I wound up with the medicine causing my body to eat the skin off my hands and feet.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: rashes (redness, swelling), rashes (redness, swelling)

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 1, 2007 (Started Jun 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (rashes (redness, swelling))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I wound up with the medicine causing my body to eat the skin off my hands and feet.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: rashes (redness, swelling), rashes (redness, swelling)

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 15, 2004 (Started Oct 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (lethargy)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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