Posted 22 November 2005 - 05:28 PM
I'm looking for some advise..
just to give some history 1st. I've had really bad reactions to meds in the past and am very sensitive.
I have been on Aurorix for the past 5months. Aurorix is a reversible MAOI. I have experienced some rather yucky side-effects on this yet its seems to be the best of the bunch so far. Optimal dose of Aurorix is 600-900mg. So far I have only tolerated a max. dose of 450mg. 600mg totally bombed me out. As this is sub-optimal my pdoc wants to try adding Lamictal in a VERY small dose. The last time she added a drug I thought I was going to die- I had such bad side effects- Palpitations/ sweats/ tremors/ nausea etc.
My pdoc is aware of my extreme sensitivity to drugs so is proceeding cautiously but we're both between a rock and a hard place because my mood- although stable- hasn't lifted enough and I still experience frequent STs and live in a permanent depressed space which I have become so sick of.
My question is not so much the side-effects of this drug cos if there are any, I'm sure I'll find out. I just want to hear about any long term benefits anyone has experienced- will it be worth it when I get wacked by the side-effects???????
Any helpful stories will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance
Posted 23 November 2005 - 05:40 PM
Sadly no Lamictal stories for you, I've never taken it. I did find a few threads however, many of them with posts by members who no longer visit us on a regular basis.
I will admit I have never heard of Aurorix and did look it up. Looks like from what I can see, your doc is limited as to what other meds can be added while on this due to the fact that some AD's will increase the chance of more serious side effects. Perhaps that's why she's adding Lamactil?
Posted 23 November 2005 - 07:13 PM
I've been doing lots of reading on the net, always like to be well informed before taking the plunge, I'm going to start the med this weekend (that way if things go pear-shaped it won't interfere with work)
Posted 23 November 2005 - 09:05 PM
No doubt you will hear about the infamous "Lamictal Rash" which affects like 0.001% of people taking it. Still, if you notice the beginnings of a rash you should tell your doctor ASAP. Getting to an optimal level of Lamictal (200 mg) takes about a month and a half of very slow increases, so there are no sudden surprises to your body!
This is the second time I'm taking Lamictal. The first time around, several years ago, it did nothing for me. Curious how the brain chemistry changes ...
edited to add: I just noticed one of the links Sheila mentioned above was me! Oops, I guess I just repeated a lot of things.
Posted 24 November 2005 - 01:03 AM
Posted 24 November 2005 - 05:50 PM
Rubenoid- glad you posted -its always good to read the latest version of things. Thanks
Tired- I've also never been manic so your info did reassure me- more just major depression on my side and current meds not getting me where I need to be. So I'll give it a bash. Thanks
Posted 30 November 2005 - 10:48 PM
Posted 06 December 2005 - 07:46 PM
I have now tried this drug on 2 seperate occassions in the past 2 weeks both times I was left feeling completely Zonked, lethargic, low grade fever and achey body and postively ill (thought I was coming down with flu the first time but when I tried again 6 days later and felt all fluey again I knew it was the drug)
Spoke to Pdoc and its been canned from my regime- apparently she's never known anyone out there to react like I do to drugs.
Feeling really discouraged right now...not able to take an adequate dose of the drug I'm on and can't augment my meds with anything else. I have now officially tried 18 drugs from different classes (over a period of 2 years). My liver is apparently *&%#ed from the overdose I took 7years ago.
I guess I just have to learn to live with this f*&^%$ing grey cloud.
Posted 06 December 2005 - 07:50 PM
Posted 14 December 2005 - 06:27 PM
Sorry I am only getting back to this now...I did some reading on vagal nerve stimulator - must admit I have never heard of it before. It hasn't yet been approved here for treatment in depression although there seems to be a few ongoing trials. The current cost here is R130 000- that's more than I earn in a year
Although an interesting read, unfortunately not an option.