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what time of day is best to take Lamictal

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turtleluv
November 12, 2009 - 8:25 am
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I am getting ready to start taking Lamictal 25 mg. Is it best to take at night or in the morning? Any suggestions. Thanks


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turtleluv
November 12, 2009 - 8:25 am
I am getting ready to start taking Lamictal 25 mg. Is it best to take at night or in the morning? Any suggestions. Thanks


codenamezoe
November 12, 2009 - 12:12 pm
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I find it best to take at night as it makes some people(including me) drowsy.



Current medications as of 11-12-2009
10-27-2009 - Present: Trazodone, 50 mg. 1 per day nightly
11-10-2009 - Present: Lamictal, 50 mg. 1 per day nightly

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codenamezoe
November 12, 2009 - 12:12 pm
I find it best to take at night as it makes some people(including me) drowsy.



Current medications as of 11-12-2009
10-27-2009 - Present: Trazodone, 50 mg. 1 per day nightly
11-10-2009 - Present: Lamictal, 50 mg. 1 per day nightly

turtleluv
November 12, 2009 - 3:41 pm
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Thanks! I am a little nervous about taking it because of the rash side effect. I hav e had allergic reaction to sulfa antibotics before but it has been a long time ago so hoping this will be ok for me.


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November 12, 2009 - 3:41 pm
Thanks! I am a little nervous about taking it because of the rash side effect. I hav e had allergic reaction to sulfa antibotics before but it has been a long time ago so hoping this will be ok for me.


codenamezoe
November 12, 2009 - 4:10 pm
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Well thats why they start you on such a low dose and move up slowly. If a rash occurs at all, tell your doctor immediatly and stop taking it. They'll be able to stop it before it goes far.


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codenamezoe
November 12, 2009 - 4:10 pm
Well thats why they start you on such a low dose and move up slowly. If a rash occurs at all, tell your doctor immediatly and stop taking it. They'll be able to stop it before it goes far.


foxywench
November 13, 2009 - 5:28 pm
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thats what my pdoc has started me on...
im figuring it will be best to do in the evening incase of dizzy/drowsiness.
so this was a good reassurance.
im a little worried about side effects and cost if i dont have insurance...but we'll see how it goes.


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foxywench
November 13, 2009 - 5:28 pm
thats what my pdoc has started me on...
im figuring it will be best to do in the evening incase of dizzy/drowsiness.
so this was a good reassurance.
im a little worried about side effects and cost if i dont have insurance...but we'll see how it goes.


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November 21, 2009 - 8:25 pm
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I'm taking Lamictal in the morning and in the evening and have experienced no drowsiness in the morning what so ever. If you start Lamictal out in small doses you don't have to worry about the rash side effect, just as long as you start off very slowly.


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919203152
November 21, 2009 - 8:25 pm
I'm taking Lamictal in the morning and in the evening and have experienced no drowsiness in the morning what so ever. If you start Lamictal out in small doses you don't have to worry about the rash side effect, just as long as you start off very slowly.


angelagaliot
December 16, 2009 - 3:45 pm
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My dr. sed for me to take it at nite. I fined it helps me get to sleep,it kined of relaxes me. I have been on it for 2 yr now at 200mg it helps. but i stell fell deprest some tims allthow not for as long.



Current medications as of 12-16-2009
12-16-2006 - Present: alprazolam, 0.25 milligrams. 0-2 daily as needed
12-16-2008 - Present: lamotrigin, 200 milligrams. 1 every nite
05-01-2009 - Present: zolpidem tartrate, 10 milligrams. 0-1 nighly as needed

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angelagaliot
December 16, 2009 - 3:45 pm
My dr. sed for me to take it at nite. I fined it helps me get to sleep,it kined of relaxes me. I have been on it for 2 yr now at 200mg it helps. but i stell fell deprest some tims allthow not for as long.



Current medications as of 12-16-2009
12-16-2006 - Present: alprazolam, 0.25 milligrams. 0-2 daily as needed
12-16-2008 - Present: lamotrigin, 200 milligrams. 1 every nite
05-01-2009 - Present: zolpidem tartrate, 10 milligrams. 0-1 nighly as needed

Spott
December 16, 2009 - 7:23 pm
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I have no side affects and it does not make me the least bit sleepy (except the first day or two of a dosage change--after that, no problems) As far as taking in morning or night, be sure to take it as your doctor directs--my doctor has me take some in the morning and a larger dose in the evening--the evening dose is larger and is supposed to help me become sleepy earlier in the evening--but that hasn't happened either. I see my doctor again in January to see if the dose will be increased or not. Sleep is important for maintaining a normal mood--since I don't get tired early enough I tend to stay up too late, then don't get enough sleep and, ultimately, my mood crashes and burns. Be sure you tell your doctor how it makes you feel, any side affects and any other concerns you have about the medication. Hope you are successful with this medication--it works well for most people.



Medications for December 2009
05-26-2008 - Present: Cymbalta, 30 mg. 2
09-20-2009 - Present: Ambien CR, 12.5. 1
12-09-2009 - Present: Lamictal, 150 mg. 1
12-09-2009 - Present: Lamictal, 100 mg. 1

Jackie
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December 16, 2009 - 7:23 pm
I have no side affects and it does not make me the least bit sleepy (except the first day or two of a dosage change--after that, no problems) As far as taking in morning or night, be sure to take it as your doctor directs--my doctor has me take some in the morning and a larger dose in the evening--the evening dose is larger and is supposed to help me become sleepy earlier in the evening--but that hasn't happened either. I see my doctor again in January to see if the dose will be increased or not. Sleep is important for maintaining a normal mood--since I don't get tired early enough I tend to stay up too late, then don't get enough sleep and, ultimately, my mood crashes and burns. Be sure you tell your doctor how it makes you feel, any side affects and any other concerns you have about the medication. Hope you are successful with this medication--it works well for most people.



Medications for December 2009
05-26-2008 - Present: Cymbalta, 30 mg. 2
09-20-2009 - Present: Ambien CR, 12.5. 1
12-09-2009 - Present: Lamictal, 150 mg. 1
12-09-2009 - Present: Lamictal, 100 mg. 1

Jackie
sarahshaw
December 28, 2009 - 4:25 pm
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im allergic to sulfa as well. i take 100mg in the morning and 200 at night of lamictal. i havent experienced any drowsy or rash side effects. i think the time of day depends on what other medicine it is complementing.


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sarahshaw
December 28, 2009 - 4:25 pm
im allergic to sulfa as well. i take 100mg in the morning and 200 at night of lamictal. i havent experienced any drowsy or rash side effects. i think the time of day depends on what other medicine it is complementing.


happypixie
January 3, 2010 - 1:07 pm
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I take lamictal in the morning...in the beginning drowsiness is common but eventually wears off.

i was very worried about the rash side effect but fortunately didn't get it. didn't have any bad ones on the lamictal. actually my only side effects came with my other meds.



Current medications as of 01-03-2010
10-19-2009 - Present: Epitec (lamictal), 200 mg. once a day
12-05-2009 - Present: zoloft, 50 mg. once a day

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happypixie
January 3, 2010 - 1:07 pm
I take lamictal in the morning...in the beginning drowsiness is common but eventually wears off.

i was very worried about the rash side effect but fortunately didn't get it. didn't have any bad ones on the lamictal. actually my only side effects came with my other meds.



Current medications as of 01-03-2010
10-19-2009 - Present: Epitec (lamictal), 200 mg. once a day
12-05-2009 - Present: zoloft, 50 mg. once a day

amymich
March 12, 2010 - 5:39 am
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Ditto on the zero side affects; as you'll see below I take it in the morning & at night; pdoc didn't want so much in my system at once.

Stick to what your doctor says to do and if you have issues, go back to him or her.



Current medications as of 03-12-2010
06-04-2009 - Present: Lamictal 200mg, 200mg. qam & qpm
06-04-2009 - Present: Tramadol 50mg, 50mg. prn
09-06-2009 - Present: Cymbalta 30mg, 60 mg. 2 cs po qpm
09-11-2009 - Present: Lithium Carb 450mg ER, 900 mg. qpm
01-06-2010 - Present: Melatonin 3mg, 6mg. qpm prn
01-28-2010 - Present: Clonezepam, 1mg. ^to 1mg prn for sleep/anxiety

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amymich
March 12, 2010 - 5:39 am
Ditto on the zero side affects; as you'll see below I take it in the morning & at night; pdoc didn't want so much in my system at once.

Stick to what your doctor says to do and if you have issues, go back to him or her.



Current medications as of 03-12-2010
06-04-2009 - Present: Lamictal 200mg, 200mg. qam & qpm
06-04-2009 - Present: Tramadol 50mg, 50mg. prn
09-06-2009 - Present: Cymbalta 30mg, 60 mg. 2 cs po qpm
09-11-2009 - Present: Lithium Carb 450mg ER, 900 mg. qpm
01-06-2010 - Present: Melatonin 3mg, 6mg. qpm prn
01-28-2010 - Present: Clonezepam, 1mg. ^to 1mg prn for sleep/anxiety

abysslksback
March 18, 2010 - 2:51 am
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i take 300mg of lamictal in the AM & 300mg in the PM. i`m also really allergic to sulfa but never got a rash from the lamic. it makes me drowsy, but more of a low energy type of fatigue as opposed to a cannot operate heavy machinery type. it works really well for me... curbs impulses to self-injure most of the time


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abysslksback
March 18, 2010 - 2:51 am
i take 300mg of lamictal in the AM & 300mg in the PM. i`m also really allergic to sulfa but never got a rash from the lamic. it makes me drowsy, but more of a low energy type of fatigue as opposed to a cannot operate heavy machinery type. it works really well for me... curbs impulses to self-injure most of the time


Taylor128
March 20, 2010 - 11:22 pm
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I have been taking Lamictal for awhile now. It doesn't really matter when you take it as long as it is the same time every day. Personally, the side effect of drowsiness has not gone away. My question is does anyone else have memory problems associated with it?


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Taylor128
March 20, 2010 - 11:22 pm
I have been taking Lamictal for awhile now. It doesn't really matter when you take it as long as it is the same time every day. Personally, the side effect of drowsiness has not gone away. My question is does anyone else have memory problems associated with it?


abysslksback
March 23, 2010 - 5:41 pm
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i read up on that after reading your post, because i had never heard of that side effect before... apparently it has affected a lot of people. i asked my dr. about it & he said it can happen & is usually dose dependent & if you reduce your dose it usually goes away. i haven't noticed any memory problems other than occasional forgetfulness... but i've been on it 10 years, so i asked my dr. what the long term effects are of lamictal, and he said there are none that they know of. i hope he's right.


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abysslksback
March 23, 2010 - 5:41 pm
i read up on that after reading your post, because i had never heard of that side effect before... apparently it has affected a lot of people. i asked my dr. about it & he said it can happen & is usually dose dependent & if you reduce your dose it usually goes away. i haven't noticed any memory problems other than occasional forgetfulness... but i've been on it 10 years, so i asked my dr. what the long term effects are of lamictal, and he said there are none that they know of. i hope he's right.


amymich
March 23, 2010 - 6:50 pm
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Well...what's the side effect of not being on it? For me it's the only drug that's worked as a mood stabilizer & it's the most popular because it DOES work. I've experienced a bit of memory outage here and there but only in that I can't think of something immediately. Of course these drugs are going to have an effect(s) on our brains. Sometimes the side effect is a trade up, though. :-/


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amymich
March 23, 2010 - 6:50 pm
Well...what's the side effect of not being on it? For me it's the only drug that's worked as a mood stabilizer & it's the most popular because it DOES work. I've experienced a bit of memory outage here and there but only in that I can't think of something immediately. Of course these drugs are going to have an effect(s) on our brains. Sometimes the side effect is a trade up, though. :-/


catwings
March 28, 2010 - 1:15 am
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I'm trying to figure out how I ever got up to 450 mg a day. I started having fatigue and headaches. I am now down to 150 mg. After I got off it for a bit, I noticed I had more energy in general or was not as tired and foggy mentally. So I am now taking 150 at night and will not do an increase again after four years of this med. Otherwise I find it tolerable. I think a lot people worry too much about the rash. If you get it you stop and it goes away. Oh, yeah. I have memory problems too on it.


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March 28, 2010 - 1:15 am
I'm trying to figure out how I ever got up to 450 mg a day. I started having fatigue and headaches. I am now down to 150 mg. After I got off it for a bit, I noticed I had more energy in general or was not as tired and foggy mentally. So I am now taking 150 at night and will not do an increase again after four years of this med. Otherwise I find it tolerable. I think a lot people worry too much about the rash. If you get it you stop and it goes away. Oh, yeah. I have memory problems too on it.