I want to come off my lamotrigine (lamictal 100mg). I take it for anxiety and as a mood stabilizer (I have extreme anxiety, I don’t have bipolar or seizures or anything). Coming off because for the time I’ve been taking it the side effects overpower the good it does (ex: night sweats, night terrors, memory loss, poor concentration, decreased sex drive, insomnia) I did lose a lot of weight on it & I was wondering if 1. Will I gain weight coming off 2. Will my sex drive come back 3. Any other adverse side effects people gave experienced coming off of it? 4. How long until I stabilize again after discontinuing 5. Do you recommend starting with lowering it by half a dose / quarter or were you fine stopping cold Turkey?I know it’s a lot of questions but I’m so nervous of the side effects (withdrawal) & have been wanting to come off of it for a year or so but stuff I read has freaked me out so I would love to hear some input
Anxiety (Including GAD)
I am not sure as to what could happen once you stop. I would taper down slowly tho. I took it last year as a mood stabilizer and the symptoms outweighed the benefits for me as well. I didn't notice my mood improving but it increased my heart rate to high 90s into the 130s most of the time at rest or minimal activity and some chest pain so it wasn't for me. My Dr told me I could just stop taking it cold turkey, so I did. I was on it for about a month or a bit longer but yeah. I didn't withdrawal that I noticed.
I would talk to your Dr about your concerns tho
thank you so much, I appreciate it! I wish I never got on it & stayed on it for so long 😅😅
I was on 100mg as well and stopped cold turkey without any withdrawals. My mind felt much clearer, my memory improved, and my sex drive was back to normal in like a week. I didn’t have weight change while on it though so I can’t speak to if that will change. However, I did gain a ton of weight on lexapro and lost it pretty quickly after I stopped taking it. Not sure if there’s any similarities
how long were u on lamictal for?
i don’t remember exactly, maybe 4/5 months
Never stop any med cold turkey without speaking to your doctor first. There are meds that if you go off cold turkey can kill you. Your doctor can help you get off of it in a safe manner. I recommend always speaking with your doctor about your concerns and what you are looking for. That is the best way to get the help that you need and want.
def talk to ur doctor before going off a med. i went off my meds cold turkey once and had terrible withdraws
Make sure you talk to your doctor before stopping anything, I know that they have specific ways to stop medications without it being too hard on your body
Taper down, try low dose abilify, its helped me so much with no side effects
I’ll check that out! Tyty
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