I stopped taking my lamictal. It wasn't helping and is making my skin break out. I don't trust meds anymore, and while I had been willing to give it a chance, I periodically get terrified of having weight creep up on me like it did with zyprexa. I cannot survive that again. And unless the benefits seriously outweigh the costs, I don't want to take all these things that no one even knows how they work. I was reading about lamictal today, and my favorite sentence was "Lamotrigine binds to melanin-containing tissues such as the iris of the eye. The long-term consequences of this are unknown." I also didn't realize that it is the only FDA-approved mood stabilizer (and I have been on a few). Not that that says much; pharmaceutical companies have their hands in everything.
I am not anti-medication, but I spent years being overmedicated on SSRIs, mood stabilizers, and antupsychotics. I'm sick of prescribers handing me things that I shouldn't even be on. Like it didn't dawn on my psych or anyone at McLean that I shouldn't be on Wellbutrin, with the risk of seizures in ED patients, as well as the fact that I have a history of hypomania. There was also the whole Effexor thing, where I was never told about the horrible withdrawal, then when I went off of it my psych was going to stop seeing me, blaming the awful effects on my poor health. I'm done with the trial-and-error, the side effects, and adding other medications to fix the side effects of the others. No more.