Lamictal - therapeutic dosage for depression/bipolar?
June 13, 2014 5:30 AM Subscribe
Okay, so I don't really have bipolar but I was prescribed Lamictal off-label for depression since the SSRI's were giving me all kinds of side effects (none on Lamictal, yay!) I'm on 150 mg right now, and I am doing a lot
better. I do, however, still go into these dark moods every once in a while. I heard that the therapeutic dose is closer to 200mg, and am debating asking my psychiatrist to bump me up. Details inside.
posted by CottonCandyCapers to Health & Fitness (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I noticed a difference once I got to 100mg, and it's only been better at 150. I am not as sensitive and anxious as I was before Lamictal, which is AWESOME. I don't go hypomanic, which is nice. Also, my negative moods, compared to before, are waaaaaay less frequent and I tend to rebound more quickly. In short, I think this is the best med I've ever been on. But I do still spiral down from time to time, and am wondering if bumping the med up one more time would be a good idea. My idea is that I noticed a big difference going from 100 to 150, wouldn't it be a good idea to see if 200 would pull me up even more?
I understand that everyone gets down sometimes, and so I wonder if increasing the Lamictal any further would be going too far. I don't think I'm technically depressed anymore, although I still have anxiety. And since I've been on meds ever since middle school I can't really remember what it's like to have a "normal" level of sadness/negativity. I also don't want to invite any possible side effects, since I seem to have been dodging them so far.
MeFites who are taking/have taken Lamictal - What's your sweet spot for this med? For people who went up from 150, did 200 make a positive difference? And if there are any psychiatrists on the board - what is the usual therapeutic dosage of Lamictal for depression/bipolar? Thanks :)