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Hello I believe I can help you with your concern
I am sorry that you are having these symptoms currently, I can imagine how distressing this must be for you
yes it is distressing
It is true the that Lamotrigine is a great mood stabilizer for depressive episodes associated Bipolar Disorder and can cause certain side effects, but I would like to ask some questions to give you the best answer possible
The anxious/nervous feeling that you have, is it constant or does it come and go?
comes and goes but is happening quite a bit
Well anxiousness is an uncommon, but serious side effect of the Lamictal. How long have you been taking the Lamictal for?
approx 6 weeks
Any chest pain associated with the anxiety feelings?
i have been on my current dose for about 2 weeks
no chest pains
And have these symptoms been present for 2 weeks since you increased the dosage?
a few days after i had the increase
And when you cry more easily, are you sad or more stressed?
Okay, so typically with depressive episodes there is a mix of secondary anxiety and I think the Lamictal has done a great job at treating your depression, but not the anxiety associated with it and this is why you are feeling this anxious/nervous energy and the crying more easily because the stress lowers your tolerance. It is possible that taking a low dose of anti-anxiety medication may help. I do not believe that these are side effects of the medication because you are not presenting with any typical and common side effects. Most likely the Lamictal is doing great for your depression, but nothing for the associated anxiety and now that anxiety is more dominant, so you are paying more attention to those symptoms.
ok...that makes sense....i have called my dr but havent received a call back yet. will ask about an anti anxiety med to help with the anxiety. thanks so much for your opinion
Anytime, I hope you feel better soon and that these symptoms go away swiftly. My goal is to provide you with excellent service, so if you ever have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at anytime.