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Celexa vs. Lamictal for Bipolar Disorder

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Celexa

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Other Names: Citalopram   Cipramil   Seropram   Selexa

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Other Names: Lamotrigine   Lamictal XR
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Citalopram ( trade names: Celexa, Cipramil) is an antidepressant Medication of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class. It has U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to treat Major depressive disorder, and is prescr... Read more on Wikipedia
Lamotrigine, marketed in the US as Lamictal by GlaxoSmithKline, is an anticonvulsant drug used in the treatment of epilepsy and bipolar disorder. It is also used as an adjunct in treating depression, though this is considered off-label usage. Fo... Read more on Wikipedia
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By Saphire
November 20, 2014
Saphire wrote
"Lamictal vs. Viibryd"
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By Monk718
August 21, 2014
Monk718 wrote
Lamictal and acne
I also had this problem. I was 59 years old and WAY past my acne years. I stopped the drug and it went away and hasn't returned. I have to say that I felt better while on the drug. I take Welbutrin and Paxil now, been about a year. Hope you are doing better!
Bee  |  December 8, 2014
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By Ed McConkie
August 15, 2014
Ed McConkie wrote
Lamotrigine side effects
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By John W
July 29, 2014
John W wrote
Odor from taking lamotrigine
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By gemma louise
March 23, 2014
gemma louise wrote
euthoria happier feeling lamictal and abilify
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By irishscottish
February 14, 2014
irishscottish wrote
celexa
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By kcmetric
December 13, 2013
kcmetric wrote
Incontinence with Lamictal
I have the same thing. Plus loss of weight tiredness, and more. Doctors won't change it though and ignore me
Tanya  |  August 11, 2014
I also gained 30 pounds.
Gail M.  |  July 8, 2014
Am 57 and been on Lamictal 150mg about a year now. It helps the moods, but yes I've had incontinence with it that keeps getting worse each month. I now have to wear a maxi pad, which a year ago I didn't. I never associated it with the Lamictal till reading these posts. Thought just getting older... now I know it was the med.
Gail M.  |  July 8, 2014
Hello. I am having this issue as well.. I am on 150 mg a day. I been on it since sept.-oct. 2013... I am only 26 years old and it all started after I got on Lamictal.
heather  |  July 3, 2014
I've experienced the same. I was on 250 mg and now am down to 50. Trying to get off for various reasons.
JJ  |  March 8, 2014
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By uhhhhhm
December 5, 2013
uhhhhhm wrote
Lamictal side effects
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By straczyk
November 29, 2013
straczyk wrote
Lamictal and Fatigue
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By gemma roberts
November 17, 2013
gemma roberts wrote
moition sickness
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By jeff
November 14, 2013
jeff wrote
celexa withdrawel and toothaches
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By MikeG333
September 26, 2013
MikeG333 wrote
Memory loss-Lamictal
omg!!! i can so relate with all of you....nothing to add to the conversation, just happy knowing im not the only intelligent,cant remember half my life, never can find my car keys, many embarrassing conversations, woman out there....
justme  |  November 27, 2014
I suspect it's a combination of the Bipolar and the Lamotrigine. I have read a lot that Lamotrigine can causes esp. short-term memory issues, and I so identify with Mike G333! (Picking up the kids - me too, buddy!) People tell you "keep a diary" but - seriously altho' this may sound funny - you have to remember to enter the item in the diary and remember to look in the diary!!! I just want to know if this is reversable ...
harryf200  |  November 1, 2014
I take 150mgs of Lamictal 1x daily & I have issues w/my memory. I haven't been on it for 4 yrs but just like MikeG333 wrote, I can't even remember how long I have been on it! Like Shaw321, my memory loss is sometimes a big source of embarrassment. I'm constantly forgetting words, i.e. I'll be in mid conversation w/someone & the word I'm looking for just WILL NOT come to me. It makes me feel so unbelievably stupid. It's even harder in a sense because I am & am known to be a very intelligent woma
July 10, 2014
I'm putting it on Lamictal. My memory loss is very marked and sometimes embarrassing. I'm taking it in stride, but considering new medication. Of course, these are all psychotropic and my all have the same result. Lamictal has been great over the years I've used it.
Shaw321  |  May 5, 2014
I think it's from bipolar too because before I ever started on any meds I still couldn't remember much before I was about 10 also. I read somewhere that taking L-Histidine helped improve memory loss when taking anti psychotics. Guess it's worth a try
mmistycat  |  April 18, 2014
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By mitch
August 9, 2013
mitch wrote
lamictal and 3 years of dry heaves.....almost daily
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What patients are saying about Celexa + Lamictal + Bipolar Disorder

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along with Celexa. That combination has worked so well for...
...to Ritalin, but I'm on Lamictal for bipolar along with Celexa. That combination has worked so well f...
to work, no side effects), Celexa as an antidepressant...
...I am bipolar and have suffered extreme anxiety. I currently take Lamictal as a mood stabilizer (seems to work, no side effects), Celexa as an antidepressant...
Celexa. Both of these work together well. It is AWESOME how...
...LASTING!!! Take a look at this med. Personally, I am bi polar and I take Lamictal and Celexa. Both of these work together well. It is AWESOME how balanced these two meds keep me sain....
also have significant carb cravings and bouts of drowsiness...
...Celexa down to 20 mgs. I have been experiencing headaches. I'm not sure if it's from the meds or from my eyes, which seem suddenly worse. I also have significant carb cravings and bouts of drowsin...
and sleep aid. I am also on Celexa an antidepressant. It is...
...me on Lamictal (helps with BP depression and as a mood stabilizer, along with seroquel for a mood stabilizer and sleep aid. I am also on Celexa an...
to take celexa but it quit working after 10 months. Effexor...
...I and OCD. I am taking Lamictal, effexor, risperadal, fanapt, and trazadone. I used to take celexa but it quit working after 10 months. Effexor is ...have obsessive thou...
the rash and taking it again. Also celexa 60mg has helped...
Lamictal was awesome but I got a skin rash. I'm on abilify now ...work the same. I'm almost considering accepting the rash and taking it again. Also celexa 60mg has helped a lot wi...
is probably not good either if she is bipolar. Really....
...find a pdoc that will listen to you about the bipolar. With depression I would think the first drug of choice to trial would be Lamictal. And maybe a mood stablizer like Seroquel that will help h...
trazadone, and celexa, and I am so much better then I used...
I have bipolar and post traumatic stress disorder and mood disorder, so I am on, lamictal, seroquel, trazadone, and celexa, and I am so much better then I used to...
results. However, I do take Celexa also for the depression....
...taking Lamictal for about 4 years now. Previously I was on Lithium and had to many ER vists for toxicity. I really like being on Lamictal and have had good results. However, I do take Celexa...
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