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Lamictal and/or Risperdal... Any insight out there?
November 3, 2006
5:07 pm
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So the title of my las threat was... "Back again and depressed dammit". I was about how dispite taking many flavors of anti-depressants, by depression always came back... and went away... and came back... and went away, and nothing seemed to really work. Of course there is more too it than this.

Well a new psychiatrist is trying me out on low doses of theses two drugs, Lamictal and Risperdal, with an anti-depressant. Both indicated for Bipolar Disorder.

Does anyone have any personal experience with these either of these two drugs that can help me with expectations, positive or negative? It is going to help with the anxiety of starting a new drug therapy and the anxiety of a new diagnosis as well.

Thanks in advance.
~dill

November 4, 2006
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Hi Dillhol:
Lamictal is predominantly used for individuals with a diagnosis of bi-polar. It can also be used for individuals who don't respond very well to other anti-pressants. Dosing is usually started around 12.5mg a day and then increased over weeks. The final dosing can be anywhere from 200 to 600mg a day. Risperdal is used for disorders associated with bi-polar and for bi-polar itself. I have also seen Risperdal used by people who have sleeping disorders because it does relax them and help them sleep. Medications are frequently used in conjunction to either enhance or level each other out. I have not seen any side effects from using Lamictal and Risperdal together. Dillhol it usually takes around 6 months to be on a medication to see positive affects from it. Although you make see some immediately, in the long run you will get the full affect. Hope that helps and good luck.

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