For an unknown reason, my Lamictal stopped working for a few months. I do have some ideas on why this happened, but to be honest, they are not great explanations:
1. I really got off track with my dosage for a few weeks. It was hard to remember what I had or had not taken. I tried a variety of ways to deal with this. I have special pill boxes and reminders. I did everything that was needed. (I got back on track quickly and it seemed like things were getting better. )
2. I have more stress in my life than normal. This can definitely make it harder for my meds to work effectively. ( I use my Health Cards Treatment Plan for trigger management and dealing with stress.)
3. I had a different bottle of Lamictal. I don’t take generics as they don’t work for me, but the bottle was definitely a new design. ( I researched this idea and realized that unlike generics that can be made all over the place with different recipes added to active ingredients- my brand Lamictal is quite regulated but Glaxo Smith Kline. So there went that theory!)
I actually think the above reasons did contribute to the two months of terrible mood swings, but I’m pretty sure that the real problem was that the dosage I have taken for the past few years simply didn’t get the job done. I get a lot of side effects when my meds are low. I actually have a lot less side effects when I am on the right dose. My main indicator is that I twitch like a marionette when the Lamictal isn’t working. It makes my friends laugh a lot and it doesn’t hurt, but it’s scary.
I seem to have found a solution to the problem as I am feeling better. I write about this in my next newsletter. Right now I am happy to have a focused and get it done mentality mind. I always take advantage of these days!
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