I have been on lamictal for a little over two months. I took it very very slowly b/c I wanted it to work but was afraid of side effects. I can say that it has changed my life. All the side effects that I have had have been completely outweighed by the positive effects it's had on my life.
At first I lost some hair but I started taking a supplement with extra selenium and zinc. That seemed to stave it off. I was a little foggy for the first few weeks. I had some mouth tenderness too with a few sores but I read that it often helps to switch to a non sodium laural sulfate toothpaste, which I did and got rid of them. I also have drier eyes now so I can't wear contacts as much, and my vision seemed to change a little as I was getting used to it. I did have some nausea and have actually lost weight. The weight loss is really the only worrisome side effect that I've had b/c it was quite a bit.
I did get a rash, but it was determined not to be SJS so I was able to continue on the med. From what I have read lamictal binds to melanin in skin, eyes and mucous membranes and is bound to cause problems in these areas. Just keep in contact with your dr if you start to develop a rash. I was able to push through mine, and it went away in less than 3 days.
Like I said, I dialed up the dosage slowly. I started on 25mg, taking it every other day for the first two weeks, and then taking it 2 days on 1 day off for a week. Then I went up to 3 days in a row 1 day off, and then just started following the dosage pack again.
By 50mg I was feeling all over the place though, which could have been from the drug but was mostly likely from all the stuff going on in my life. I saw my dr at a really low point, and she wanted to titrate my up to 150mg as soon as possible. I also asked for klonopin b/c I was very anxious on the med. That helped a lot, taking .5mg every night.
I feel like each titration up has brought more positive benefits. At first the 25mg every other day helped get me out of a deep dark depression. I felt better after just a week of taking it. Higher and I feel more productive, more like myself, and I have more clarity and less all-over-the-placeness in my life.
Now I am going on week 3 of 75mg. I tried to titrate up to 100mg as dr prescribed after 2 weeks of 75mg. Three days in I was having incredible irritability that klonopin was doing little for (turns out af started today, which I'm sure is part of that!), and now a slight rash has started. Since it's the weekend and I have an appt next week, the office told me to back back down to 75mg for the time being, which is good b/c I feel great on it for now and was not looking forward to the jump up.
I know that for true mood stablization I will need to be at 150mg or higher, but I feel really good right now. I get so much done! And my relationships with the people in my life are better. I'm a better mom.
I hope this helps. If you have anymore questions, please DM me! I feel so much better on this drug and cannot sing its praises enough.
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