People often think withdrawal issues are mostly limited to benzos and SSRIs. It’s not true. All the psych drugs are potentially devestating in withdrawal.
Lamictal withdrawal can be extremely difficult as well and there is very little official documentation of it. Please report problems to the FDA right here and on RxISK here so that we might make that change. And make sure your doctors know about any troubles you have.
Lamictal withdrawal started my own physical demise.
The Lamictal withdrawal from hell post has long been the most viewed page on this blog…it continues to get several tens of thousands of hits per year. I imagine that’s because lack of information remains an ongoing problem.
I figured it was time to gather my Lamictal posts in one place. I’ve been off Lamictal for several years now. I remind everyone that my situation was complex in that I was on 6 different drugs. Everyone’s circumstance is different and not everyone has issues coming off Lamictal, though many do.
Nonetheless the downhill physical trajectory undeniably started with the Lamictal withdrawal in my case and I didn’t know enough about how to best taper when I started this process.
What’s worse as shown in some of the links below, research now shows that Lamictal is no better than placebo and they pretty much knew this all along, so it’s not even a good treatment option in best case scenarios.
Here is a collection of posts on Lamictal that I will put permanently among the “tabs” up at the top of the page.
I remind you all, too, that any psychiatric medication (unfortunately all psych meds are neurotoxic) can cause this sort of problem and we see this sort of thing in all withdrawal groups of all psychiatric classes of drug. People like to imagine their particular psych drug is especially toxic and horrible while the truth is much more complicated. Every drug acts differently in every person. So it helps no one to assume anything from only your experience (or mine). Below along with my experience is the experience of many of my readers in the comment sections. There you can start to have some idea of the varieties of experience.
Lamictal is an anti-seizure medication that is often prescribed to people who have been labeled bipolar. The claim is that the drug stabilizes mood. That’s not always shown to be true in the literature and among many of us trying to come off we find that massive DE-STABILIZATION of mood and well-being is the rule.
- Personal update by way of an email I sent out to the “Lamictal crew” — musings on persistent withdrawal symptoms
**My withdrawal from final drug was completed on February 9th 2010 — Monica’s story: the aftermath of polypsychopharmacology
See also: the “It Gets Better” Series if you’re sick and in the midst of psychiatric drug withdrawal
More posts on psychiatric drug withdrawal:
Please do not attempt to discontinue psych drugs without first very carefully educating yourself on the risks involved so that you might minimize the chances of developing grave iatrogenic illness if you decide to withdraw: Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up
A tip for those who find it’s too difficult to taper with adult lamictal pills which come in 25 mg at the smallest, those of use who need to taper much slower find that that pediatric pills come in very handy. You can get 5 mg pills and 2 mg pediatric pills and cut them in pieces to taper even more slowly if need be.
Some thoughts on stopping psychiatric medications — things to think about before deciding if you should discontinue your medications
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