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What Is The Difference Between Trileptal And Tegretol
Posted 01 July 2009 - 06:24 PM
Edited by tracer, 01 July 2009 - 06:26 PM.
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Posted 02 July 2009 - 09:14 AM
My dr. is suggesting adding tegretol to my already existing cocktail of lithium, seroqel and lamotrigine. I am treatment resistant, have mixed episodes and a rapid cycler. I have never been stable for more than a month.
I have never heard of this combo.
Tegretol is Trileptal's big brother. It works basically the same, but has a much larger side effect profile. Generally, docs believe that if one doesn't work, the other won't either. However, there are enough differences that if a person does not respond to Trileptal they may respond to Tegretol. If it is the side effects of Trileptal that are making it bomb, however, Tegretol is definitely not a good idea.
If nothing else, get a good liver panel done before starting, so that you have a baseline.
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Posted 19 July 2009 - 12:09 PM
Posted 19 July 2009 - 11:16 PM
I've been on your cocktail since I was diagnosed over three years ago. Often there was something else in the mix, too, while trying to find what would stop the horrible cycling. Depakote really slowed it, but it was not until we added Tegretol that I stabilized. I've been solidly stable now for about eight months.
What else I can say about Tegretol.... First, Trileptal was the first med I tried and it made me sick, food poisoning like sick, immediately. Didn't stay on it two days. That had a lot to do with turning Tegretol down for nearly two years. I figured it was like Trileptal and I'd have the same s/e. Not the case. I did feel nauseous for the first month or so. Livable, functionally, but not great to experience. More serious was the cognitive dulling it womped me with very, very hard. That took around two months to lift. I was w/in days of pulling the plug on it, actually. Then I woke up one day and could do math in my head again. So, for me, (doesn't mean you!), start up was tough. Yet, I have my life back thanks to that med which is priceless.
Posted 20 July 2009 - 08:26 AM
thanks for your reply.
I am very happy that this combo and tegretol has worked for you. I know what it is like to be on the rollercoaster of mood swings and crying all the time. I am glad you have your life back. When I started Lamictal I had the same experience with nausea and not wanting to eat for about a month....felt like i constantly had the flu..it finally went away and then I had about a month's worth of lesser side effects of the bipolar.
Are you set up for emails?
Since we are on the same cocktail maybe we can be of some help to one another.
Posted 21 July 2009 - 04:39 AM
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