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20 Dec 2009

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 today, 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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01 Jan 0001

Anti-epileptics are commonly used as mood stabilisers. You should discuss the pros and cons with your daughter's doctor to decide at length if this medication is appropriate. Please remember that pharmaceuticals need to be reported on every and any side effect. This is why the list of side effects are so long.


Dr Anrich Burger
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