Lamictal has been my mood stabilizer for about 2 years now. It is also an anticonvulsant for epilepsy. For me, it was truly life changing. I had been hospitalized and diagnosed with bipolar disorder a few years back. Once I was put on medication, I had felt worse than I ever have in my life. The depressive episode I fell into after the manic episode that landed me in the hospital almost ended me, seriously. I had been on lithium, Depakote, seroquil, Latuda, Topamax and risperidone. All were horrible for me and made me feel like a zombie. I felt suicidal much of the time and was scared that I was treatment resistant. Once I was finally put on Lamictal, the lights turned back on. After months of barely being able to get out of bed, I was moving. I was getting up and doing things and didn’t feel like the heavy blanket of depression was covering me anymore. I couldn’t believe it. My family noticed as well. It stabilized my moods and helped with the anger and anxiety. The biggest difference was how it lifted my depression. This is when I truly realized that a chemical imbalance was going on in my head, and this med was balancing me. The generic brand for Lamictal is lamotrigine.
Is Lamictal a good mood stabilizer?
Definitely. But it does not work for everyone. With medication, it comes down to trial and error. Some meds work great for some people that don’t work or cause terrible side effects in other people. Work with your health care provider to monitor you on your medication.
What symptoms does Lamictal help with?
The symptoms that Lamictal helps with is mood stabilizing, depressive feelings, racing thoughts, PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder), sleep and energy levels.
Is Lamictal used for anxiety?
Yes, Lamictal can be used for anxiety. It has immensely helped my anxiety. Maybe because it calms down the racing thoughts.
What are the most common side effects of Lamictal?
Lamictal is not without side effects. For me personally, I have not experienced much, maybe a couple pimples here and there but nothing really. Some symptoms people can experience include: weight loss, dizziness, fatigue, skin problems, double vision, shaking, headache, coordination, stomach pain, back pain, sore throat.
Serious side effects of Lamictal you should report to your doctor include:
- worsening depression or suicidal thoughts, and
- flu-like symptoms such as body aches or swollen glands.
How does Lamictal work on the brain?
Lamotrigine prevents epileptic fits or seizures by stabilising excessive electrical activity in the brain. … It’s not fully understood how lamotrigine works as a mood stabiliser in bipolar disorder, but it is thought to be to do with the reduction of glutamate in the brain
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