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Lamictal (Lamotrigine) ? - July 22nd 2012, 07:27 PM

Has anyone been on or is on Lamictal (Lamotrigine)? I saw my new psychiatrist two days ago. He did not really talk to me much, and mainly just asked my how my moods were. I assume he mainly went off of what was on my chart which does not have everything because my last psychiatrist, I know did not put everything down. He precribed me with BuSpar and Lamictal. I really don't think that is what is best for me, but I might as well try it? apparently he thinks I have a "funky depression". He was asking what I was being treated for since my previous Psychiatrist did not put that in the charts and I said, I was told BPD, Major Depression, and GAD. He did not say much to that.

Anyway, I looked at the warning label and apparently one of the side effects is a FATAL rash. Only 1 in 8,000 people who take this medicine actually die.... Not sure how I feel about taking it.

What do you guys think of it?

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Re: Lamictal (Lamotrigine) ? - July 23rd 2012, 06:05 PM

Yeah I started taking it when I was in the hospital. It was the first medicine that actually helped after a long time of trying different medications. What happened is that they just told me for like the first month to check my body and always make sure I didn't have a rash. They said it was not common at all but if one did come up to tell someone right away. I never got one and they said after a month I didn't have to look out for the rash anymore. Overall it got me back on my feet when I was the lowest I had ever been but it wasn't until my psychiatrist added a few more and found the best doses when I started to actually feel happy again.

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Re: Lamictal (Lamotrigine) ? - July 26th 2012, 06:14 AM

I'm not familiar with this medication, but your psychiatrist better be if he's prescribing it. I know sessions with psychiatrists tend to be short and expensive, but as his patient, you have a right to know what exactly the risks are, what to look out for, how to take the medication properly, etc. Call your psychiatrist and ask him to explain his reasoning to you - why this medication? As you can see, Whisperer received an explanation from whoever gave her Lamictal, and you deserve the same. =)

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