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Lamictal vs. Lithium for Depression

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Lamictal

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Other Names: Lamotrigine   Lamictal XR

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Other Names: Lithium Citrate
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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 Monk718
August 21, 2014
Monk718 wrote
Lamictal and acne
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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 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 MikeG333
September 26, 2013
MikeG333 wrote
Memory loss-Lamictal
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 Lamictal + Lithium + Depression

4,622 patient discussions from healthcare websites and blogs
sure. The lithium helps keep me grounded. The Wellbutrin...
...quite sure. The lithium helps keep me grounded. The Wellbutrin ...smoking. And the Lamictal is to help me with my mood swings. It's not working very well tho...
I had hair loss when on Lithium and on Depakote....
...post-menopausal woman who lost a lot of hair on Lamictal. I had hair loss when on Lithium and on Depakote. I, too, have been entertaining going back on Lamictal, because nothing is working on...
am on Lithium and Lamictal and they work quite well for my...
...and they work quite well for my mostly depressive bipolar with anxiety and ocd. no help for the ocd but I have Klonopin if the anxiety is bad. I also have to...
a hard time sleeping since starting the Lithium. I've read...
...have been on Lamictal for 8 months and evened out very well. However, over the ...me on Lithium. It seems to be helping; I'm not ...am having a hard time sleeping since starting the Lithium. ...
I was on Lithium for eight years with some side effects. It...
...I was on Lithium for eight years with some side effects. It brought down ...Iv been on Lamictal for one year. It has helped only to lessen ...the Lamictal, but Lithium works best for me. I Th...
depression down again quite nicely. I had no side effects...
...disorder. At the same time was on lithium and topamax. The lamictal really cut down my depression. I even went off it for awhile and then back on and cut the depression down again quite nicely....
good results when I used Lithium as an add-on to Cymbalta...
...got good results when I used Lithium as an add-on ...suicidal ideation, and I found Lamictal to be helpful for my depressed mood in general.  I too...
which I have been on for several years with no side effects
...and have been diagnosed with just depression most of my ...have any experience with lithium and weight gain?? \ \ Oh I also take Lamictal which I have been on for several years with no side eff...
which I have been on for several years with no side effects
...and have been diagnosed with just depression most of my ...have any experience with lithium and weight gain?? Oh I also take Lamictal which I have been on for several years with no side effec...
Lithium didn't do anything for my depression, though...
...and eventually got me my bp diagnosis.  As for the title topic, lamictal has been greatly helpful for me as well.  ...so much better.  Lithium didn't do anything for my depression, though it...
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