I’m new here and I haven’t gotten around to writing my “introductory” post; but, I feel like I need to jump the gun and ask if anyone out there has experience with taking Lamictal (Lamotrigine) for anxiety and/or Ambilify (Aripiprazole) for depression. I’ve been on both for about 10 days. They seem to be helping with both the anxiety and depression (to a lesser extent); BUT, I seem to be experiencing a LOT of irritability. I noticed it starting last Saturday after I had been on the medications for four days.
I’ve been on Ambilify before and don’t recall any issues with irritability so I’m suspecting the Lamictal might be the culprit.
The other odd thing I’ve noticed since going on these meds is that I am starting to fall back on “bad habits” that I stopped almost two years ago, namely, staying up late and drinking. I’m not drinking to the point of inebriation but it is more than usual. I’m also finding myself wanting to start smoking again — after having quit over four months ago.
Both the irritability and drinking concern me. Maybe mores the drinking since I’m trying to reduce my weight and A1c. I was diagnosed as being on the customer of pre-diabetic back in June. (I HAVE managed to loose almost 34 lbs since then.) My psychiatrist mentioned that either Lamictal or Ambilify, I can’t remember which, could cause weight gain and elevate A1c.
Has anyone had similar experiences with Lamictal and/or Ambilify?