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I need help with this drug. After 32 days, I have decided it is absolutely not for me. I'm dizzy and queasy, have pretty easily gained 10 pounds, blurred vision, increased heart rate, swollen lymph nodes, burning ears, and many other problems. I contacted my PA, who basically said stick it out, but I'm DONE. With only being in this for about a month, could I just stop taking it without many problems? I was put on Lamictal as a mood stabilizer and I'm going to start seeing a psychiatrist next month. My PA basically said let the psychiatrist handle the meds management. I can't keep feeling like this; I am much worse off now than I was before I started it. So, now the question is: taper or cold turkey since I've been on it one month, not several years.

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Welcome, metalh.
Your symptoms indicate the dosage of Lamictal you're taking is too high for you. 
After a month, it's possible your nervous system has adapted somewhat and you might have difficulty reducing the dosage. You might try a 10% trial reduction to see if that's okay. Why taper by 10% of my dosage?
Depending on your reaction, you might be able to go off by 10% every two weeks, or even one week. If you feel the first 10% decrease, your system is sensitive to reductions and you would be wise to taper more slowly.
Please see Tips for tapering off Lamictal (lamotrigine)
It's likely a psychiatrist will not know anything about tapering Lamictal. You do not need to see a psychiatrist for tapering, any doctor can write the prescriptions.

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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On ‎3‎/‎20‎/‎2017 at 3:28 AM, metalheavylady said:

I'm going to start seeing a psychiatrist next month

How did it go ...any joy?

Love to hear from you.

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