I'm new here also, but wanted to share that I'm now, after 2 long months of dosage increases, at 150 mg of Lamictal, and feeling pretty good. It really did take that long, I was told, because if the rash developed it meant going an entirely different route. I'm taking just a little (2.5 mg) Abilify, and Ativan, mostly to help sleep through the night, but also for anxiety (no more than 1.5 daily, but i'm going to get "permission" for more, at .5 increments.)
Back to starting up, I did feel highly agitated when first starting the Lamictal, so was worried and impatient. The only thing bothering me right now is weight increase, but then again, the high mania i was in before starting the Lamictal had me lose 15 lbs in two weeks (also because hospitalized.) In other words I don't lose weight easily to begin with. Now, both to keep weight reasonable and to clear and level out my head, I try to take walks. Really does seem to help.
I'll just add that my experience with Wellbutrin was that it blew me through the roof many years ago when I tried it - had only been diagnosed as depressed, but knew that Zoloft wasn't cutting it and as i say, the Wellbutrin gave me palpitations and made me very irritable.
Hope it helps to hear another perspective. Best of luck.
Medications for November 2009
|10-15-2009 - Present:||Lamictal, 150 mg. daily|
|10-15-2009 - Present:||Abilify, 2.5. daily|
|10-15-2009 - Present:||Lorazepam, 1 mg. daily plus 1/2 tab as needed daily|