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Posted by: Nikki Pretorius | 2009/12/20

Mood swings and Lamitor-50

My adoptive daughter is struggling terribly with mood swings and depression. Her biological mother suffers from Bipolar and the doctor said she may be headed that way if we don' t treat her and if she doesn' t lay off alcohol. (She is 17)

She has been on Cylift for about a year now, but he has very recently put her on Lamitor 50 in addition to the cylift. I read the enclosed leaflet and OMG! The side-effects are scary! Why is an epilepsy medication prescribed for mood swings?

She has been complaining of a headache tody, which could be from the sun, but how will I ever be sure if there are sooooo many side effects, and life threatening side effects at that?

I wasn' t with when the doctor prescribed it, but is it a good thing? It sounds like such an unbelievably dangerous drug?

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Alcohol surely doesn't help anyone's brain to work any better.
OK, Cilift is a good antidepressant, but as in Bipolar Disorder, as the name implies, the mood seings in both directions, up and down, and to stabilize such mood swings, other meds are needed. And medicines usually used for epilepsy are not onl about epilepsy - they work by stabilizing cell membranes, which is very useful indeed in epilepsy, but happens also to be what one wants to be able to do in Bipolar Disorder.
Its rather like the drugs we always call Antidepressants - they were discovered in the search for drugs to treat depression, and fouind to be useful, but they're also proving to be useful in many other conditions, too, because the thing they do which is useful in Depression, is also useful in other conditions.
When a new drug is registered, they have to list EVERY side-effect that has been reported more often than in someone taking a sugar pill. But they are not compulsory - it's a listing of possible side-effects, usually starting with somee that are quite common, and ending with some that are rather rare.
Actually, not only would Tobacco never be accepted if it had to undergo the same scrutiny, but even wine and water might have some problems if one listed all the possible side-effects they might have !

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2009/12/21

Alcohol surely doesn't help anyone's brain to work any better.
OK, Cilift is a good antidepressant, but as in Bipolar Disorder, as the name implies, the mood seings in both directions, up and down, and to stabilize such mood swings, other meds are needed. And medicines usually used for epilepsy are not onl about epilepsy - they work by stabilizing cell membranes, which is very useful indeed in epilepsy, but happens also to be what one wants to be able to do in Bipolar Disorder.
Its rather like the drugs we always call Antidepressants - they were discovered in the search for drugs to treat depression, and fouind to be useful, but they're also proving to be useful in many other conditions, too, because the thing they do which is useful in Depression, is also useful in other conditions.
When a new drug is registered, they have to list EVERY side-effect that has been reported more often than in someone taking a sugar pill. But they are not compulsory - it's a listing of possible side-effects, usually starting with somee that are quite common, and ending with some that are rather rare.
Actually, not only would Tobacco never be accepted if it had to undergo the same scrutiny, but even wine and water might have some problems if one listed all the possible side-effects they might have !

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