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I would just like to say I am LOVING this drug. So far. I've been on it almost 2 weeks and I feel like a whole new person... but I also still feel like ME! YEAH.

Fabulous to hear! This is absolutely wonderful, Rebecca. Thanks tons for sharing your progress with Lamictal.

There are some side effects not listed on the packaging. Crazy vivid dreams, for one... but that's not unusual when starting or stopping any chemical.

Heh. I can't decipher most of the medical-speak on those labels anyway, no way to tell? But, you're right, many of these meds often do have the bizarre consequence of crazy, vivid dreams when starting/stopping new meds. This was definitely one of the many things my shrink would never tell me about, I had to find out on my own.

The other thing noted by many on this site is memory issues and spelling issues. I'm doing ok as far as memory, I think. (I lost my memory when I quit smoking 6 1/2 years ago and it doesn't seem to be any worse.) I have been spelling things wrong and using the wrong word occasionally. I was using the wrong words before (never figured out why) but the spelling thing is new. LOL I got a History quiz back and realized I spelled Roosevelt with the two last letters switched. Luckily the teacher doesn't mark off for spelling! In my jounral this morning I was talking about my weight loss and wrote something about one and a half HOURS instead of POUNDS. Sheesh! I'm also leaving out letters in words. Sometimes I catch the mistake and sometimes not. (I've been backspacing a lot through this post.)

Seriously, I didn't know these issues are so common and a known phenomenon? I never smoked, but I've had weird memory problems at times (erratic), but also definitely have odd problems with switching words and sometimes odd spelling (not necessarily typos because I'll do this when I write by hand, as well). You may have mentioned this before, but this is the first time I'm paying attention closely, ever. Certainly I have similar issues and not sure why it comes up more often than other times. Do you have more information about these things?

(Lamictal works on both mania and depression, but especially on the depression.)

Also, overall thanks much for sharing your experiences with Lamictal! I'm debating seeing a new doctor, getting different treatment, etc. and will consider medications to some extent, but I'm really trying to get more feedback by people for different things so I can go in with some point of reference.

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