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Lamictal vs. Ritalin LA for Depression

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Lamictal

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Other Names: Lamotrigine   Lamictal XR

Ritalin LA

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Other Names: Ritalin   Concerta   Metadate CD   Ritalin SR   Metadate
Rating: 4 out of 5
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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
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) is a stimulant drug approved for Therapy of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome and narcolepsy. It may also be prescribed for off-label use in treatment-resistant cases of le... Read more on Wikipedia
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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 vs. Ritalin LA

19 patient discussions from healthcare websites and blogs
I have just started Ritalin LA...I'm sure hoping it will be...
...have just started Ritalin LA...I'm sure hoping it will be the one. Adderall made me crabby (er) ...Dry mouth, comatose feeling, weight gain. The only way ...anything. I am on Lamictal now wit...
just starting Lamictal. Give it time to work. And I agree...
...like you are just starting Lamictal. Give it time to work. And I agree with ...according to rxlist.com, Metadate is Methylphenidate. Looks to be long ...= Ritalin-SR; Metadate CD = Ritalin L...
pm). He also put me on Ritalin LA for my ADD. Well since...
A month ago I started on 50 mg Lamictal for depression. I went ...pm). He also put me on Ritalin LA for my ADD. ...think it's the Ritalin? Or could it be the increase in Lamictal? If it's either...
60mg of Ritalin LA also for my ADHD and while that does help...
...anyone else take Topamax alone or in ...to me. Also do take Lamictal 50mg. That did have ...negative side effects. I do take 60mg of Ritalin LA also for my ADHD and while that does help my f...
60mg of Ritalin LA also for my ADHD and while that does help...
...me. Also do take Lamictal 50mg. That did ...negative side effects. I do take 60mg of Ritalin LA also for my ADHD and while that does help my focus, it ...side effects of Lamictal that you ha...
now. I also take 60mg of Ritalin LA for ADHD and 80mg...
...I hit 100mg of the Lamictal I started having unexplained bruising ...getting now. I also take 60mg of Ritalin LA for ADHD and 80mg of Inderal ...went up to 100mg of Lamictal. They started up ...
was doing great in school with the help of Ritalin LA, now...
...Epilepsy. His neurologist started him on Lamotrigine (generic Lamictal) and it's been a ...disorder was discovered he was doing great in school with the help of Ritalin LA, now he's having a...
meds. I still take Ritalin LA for ADHD but I take Topamax...
...Lamictal rather than the anti depressants that I've tried for the past 15 years or so...gosh what a difference. I still have a ways to go to figure out what to take when to minimize being tired, bu...
Ritalin Lamictal = anybody? ) This is...
AD's and Stimulants//(Effexor Ritalin Lamictal = anybody? ) This is my morning cocktail, with ...when it comes to AD's..... Hahahahaha. Effexor - 225mg Ritalin LA - 30mg Lamictal - 300mg...
part for sure but Lamictal and Topamax are doing wonders...
...I was treated for ADHD and depression ...any success. I have finally been dx'd with BP II and ADHD ...part for sure but Lamictal and Topamax are doing wonders for me along with my Ritalin LA....
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