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#1 crazyinct

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 10:48 AM

Is Lamictal an energizing medication, or is it more sedating, or is it neutral? For people with fatigue and lack of motivation as prominent symptoms, has anyone had a really energizing effect from lamictal? Did this happen at a high or low dose?
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Posted 02 January 2008 - 11:06 AM

Lamictal is usually a pretty activating med. For myself, I started feeling less apathetic and exhausted at around 75mg, I think, and now that I'm up to 125mg, I'm actually leaving the house and doing thiings, almost like a normal person.
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Posted 02 January 2008 - 12:29 PM

Like Sasha, I find that the Lamictal has had a positive effect on my energy level and ability to get motivated. I'm also at 125 mg/d now.

For me, though, I would not really describe it as activating. It's more like the med is helping with the depression and moodiness, which enables me to get back to a more "normal" level of activity and motivation. I'm still sleeping 9-12 hours/24, but I'm getting a lot more done in my waking hours, and getting re-interested in stuff I used to enjoy.

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 01:15 PM

For me Lamictal was activating at lower doses when I first started, but it really hasn't been so much at the higher doses. I will have some more trouble falling asleep than normal if I take my evening dose too close to bedtime, but aside from that I really don't feel anything when I'm swallowing those little peach shields.
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Posted 02 January 2008 - 03:58 PM

Like Sasha, I find that the Lamictal has had a positive effect on my energy level and ability to get motivated. I'm also at 125 mg/d now.

For me, though, I would not really describe it as activating. It's more like the med is helping with the depression and moodiness, which enables me to get back to a more "normal" level of activity and motivation. I'm still sleeping 9-12 hours/24, but I'm getting a lot more done in my waking hours, and getting re-interested in stuff I used to enjoy.

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This, actually, is probably a better description of my experience than simply saying that lamictal'activating. Although I've always found that it's better to take in the morning than the evening, if I want to get any sleep.
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Posted 02 January 2008 - 04:42 PM

Yup. I'm in the "not so much activating but definitely helps with the mood" boat. More than anything it helped lift my depression, which in turn had a huge effect on my energy level. It does cause insomnia if I take it late, so it's a "first thing in the morning" drug for me.
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Posted 02 January 2008 - 06:12 PM

I actually take the Lamictal at bedtime. With my Ambien. LOL

(As an aside, I seem to be one of the few people here who has really good results with the Ambien. 5mg per night is giving me the best sleep of my life these days -- prompt, restful, dreamy. I don't notice any carryover effects in the morning, and I'm not doing any of the sleepwalking / sleep eating / sleep driving stuff.)

The Ambien was on board before I started the Lamictal, actually, and the PM dosing for the Lamictal is per my psyMD.

Just another example of YMMV... :mad:

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Posted 13 January 2008 - 07:05 PM

I actually take the Lamictal at bedtime. With my Ambien. LOL

(As an aside, I seem to be one of the few people here who has really good results with the Ambien. 5mg per night is giving me the best sleep of my life these days -- prompt, restful, dreamy. I don't notice any carryover effects in the morning, and I'm not doing any of the sleepwalking / sleep eating / sleep driving stuff.)

The Ambien was on board before I started the Lamictal, actually, and the PM dosing for the Lamictal is per my psyMD.

Just another example of YMMV... :mad:

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Posted 29 February 2008 - 06:03 PM

Like Sasha, I find that the Lamictal has had a positive effect on my energy level and ability to get motivated. I'm also at 125 mg/d now.

For me, though, I would not really describe it as activating. It's more like the med is helping with the depression and moodiness, which enables me to get back to a more "normal" level of activity and motivation. I'm still sleeping 9-12 hours/24, but I'm getting a lot more done in my waking hours, and getting re-interested in stuff I used to enjoy.

Nicole


I noticed that you are on Prozac and Lamictal. My pdoc wanted me to take Zyprexa with Prozac to make the Prozac work better but now he's thinking that Lamictal might be a better choice. Prozac does cause me to be hypomanic at times so I need something that will stop that.
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Posted 01 March 2008 - 06:05 PM

I don't know, Lamictal is usually stimulating a bit according to most anecdotal evidence. For me it was a shade different. My moods went all over the place with Lamictal. At some doses I felt o.k. At others I had SI. Even had a psychotic break on it.

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This sounds like how i feel at the moment. I have energy, but SI, and appear to be bouncing around between 'nondescript weird feeling' and 'mixed'. seroquel zonks me for a few days and then i work my way back up again.

did you stop it because of that?
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Posted 17 March 2008 - 01:08 PM

For me Lamictal was activating at lower doses when I first started, but it really hasn't been so much at the higher doses. I will have some more trouble falling asleep than normal if I take my evening dose too close to bedtime, but aside from that I really don't feel anything when I'm swallowing those little peach shields.


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Posted 17 March 2008 - 01:55 PM

I take 300 mgs, I find it neutral. Not activating or sedating.

Helps a little with mood, but I am not a SSRI guy. I am not taking it for mood, though.

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 04:14 PM

I take 300 mgs, I find it neutral. Not activating or sedating.

Helps a little with mood, but I am not a SSRI guy. I am not taking it for mood, though.

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Posted 13 April 2008 - 06:31 PM

Actually, it makes me really exhausted/apathetic/unmovable. Weird.


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