i have been diagnosed with bipolar 1 and cyclothymia, i constantly get intrusive, jealous and paranoid thoughts about my girlfriend and her past relationships, and currently guys trying to get with her to the point were i get psyhcotic, im taking 500 mg of lamotrigine daily just now but dont feel the medication is helping with manic/hypomanic side i.e racing thoughts,impulsive spending, risky behaviour etc although it has curbed my depression, and i feel i need other meds or i believe my behaviour will spiral out of control.
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Lamotrigine is used for bipolar disorder but rather than acting on the manic part of bipolar, it acts on the depressive side.. It is not supposed to increase mania, but it is not helping to control it.
You need a different mood stabizer.
Ask your doctor about lithium or seroquel
Either of these two medications can be taken with lamotrigine. Consult with your physician.
I wish you great success in controlling your mania. You NEED to change your meds.
Elliott Sewell, LPCC, NCC, CCMHC
Thanks alot for the reply i appreciate that, i have an appointment to see my psychiatrist on the 10th dec so hopefully can change my meds or put me on another med along with d lamotrigine, at d min im havin racing thoughts of going on a mad road trip from scotland to giger museum switzerland then onto d dali museum barcelona.