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Coping with Withdrawal Symptoms? - July 22nd 2011, 01:41 AM

I'm not sure where this should have gone... Since it has to do with medication, I figured I'd post it here. Mods, feel free to move it if it belongs elsewhere.

But does anyone have any idea how to cope with withdrawal symptoms? I was on 200mg of Lamictal (mood stabiliser), then 150, then 100, and only went to 50 the other day. With every decrease I've had fairly violent emotional reactions. I've been very moody, very irritable/easily angered, and so on, but these eventually even out and become nonexistent nearing the second week of the decrease. I've been doing a decrease pretty much every month, but my next decrease won't be until September due to my going on holiday in August. I've also recently started birth control, which I'm told could have an interaction effect with the Lamictal, making it so that there's a decreased amount of Lamictal in my system. My question is, what are some ways to cope during the withdrawal period? It is absolutely ridiculous as I am a complete mess and my relationship and family suffer for it. They're all well aware of what's causing me to behave like this/I do and they're all very, very supportive and patient with me, but the problem is that I tend to have a lot more difficulty coping with self-harm urges and even with something so simple as controlling my temper, to the point I'm almost picking fights to release and relieve everything there is inside me (it's overwhelming). I realise that it should be only 2 weeks of this very severe up and down, but any idea of how to cope? Feeling like this, 2 weeks is a very long time.

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Re: Coping with Withdrawal Symptoms? - July 22nd 2011, 03:01 AM

You're a lucky girl to have people in your life that are willing to be understanding and supportive through all of this. Check out this website: http://www.lamictalanticonvulsant.com/withdrawal.html.
It gives some ideas at the end of the article.

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