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Trinity

Hi all,

I'm Trinity. I'm 55, bipolar (rapid cycling and depressed) and trying to get off my meds. Over the last three years I've gotten off Effexor and 1/2 my Bupropion dose. Currently I'm on 200mg of Bupropion XR and 200 mg Lamotrigine (generic of Lamictal). I'm on a slow taper to get off the Lamotrigine. Started with a 50mg drop about a month ago. My withdrawal symptoms are still here. I've got a seriously weird 'headache' which feels like I've got lead in my head, eyeaches, body aches and rage. I'm a designer and this has really affected my ability to concentrate on my work. In fact I'm going off the Lamotrigine precisely because I can't concentrate on creative problem solving. My design skills, ability to earn a living and my sex life have all taken a tumble since I've been on this stuff--now about 8 years. After being medicated since the 70s, I want to try to live drug free, especially since I found out that Lamotrigine is ineffective for treating bipolar rapid cycling and depression. I'm angry that Glaxo has me strung out on this stuff, but I'm going to preserver and muscle through the next year or so to get off this stuff.

 

Has anyone else here tried to get off Lamotrigine/Lamictal?

 

--Trinity

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Neuroplastic

Hello, Trinity! We're glad you've found this forum. :) I'm sure someone will soon chime in. Meanwhile, if possible, please put your drugs history in the signature - this way it will be easier for the folks to offer you help and advice.

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Altostrata

Welcome, Trinity.

 

Did you withdraw from the Effexor without a problem? What was your taper like?

 

You're still taking Wellbutrin?

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stan

hi Trinity,

 

welcome

i know DENSTAR51 was on lamotrigine, he is not very well actually

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alexjuice

Welcome Trinity!

 

I am glad that you have found your way here.

 

I have not personally dealt with Lamictal. Bipolar was not a diagnosis of mine. I do know that Lamictal can be tough on the emotions in the taper and after. Of those who I know who got off, the primary symptoms that were expressed to me were uncontrolled impulses towards anger/rage. I hope you have a smoother go of it.

 

I also am curious about your history.

 

Being medicated for 30+ years probably means a lot of medications. Can you share more of your past experiences?

 

Again, welcome...

 

Alex

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Altostrata

Hello, Trinity.

 

I have a little experience with Lamictal tapering.

 

Tell us more and we can talk.

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NoRx4Me

Hi Trinity,

 

I was on Lamictal (200mg) for 8 years. It took me 7 months to taper off of it. I would go back up by 25mg and see if that helps the headaches, etc.

 

Initially, I went to 100mg pretty quickly but then realized it was too painful and I had to taper slowly. I then went to 75mg for a month, then 50mg, then 37.5, then 25... 12.5, 6.25...

 

There is some good info on Lamictal Withdrawal at http://bipolarblast.wordpress.com/lamictal-redux/

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Altostrata

Hi, Trinity. How are you doing with your Lamictal taper?

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