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Questions About Side Effects of Trileptal
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An_243468 posted:
My son has been taking intuniv for ADD and amantadine to control his rages. He was also taking 1200 mg of trileptal. The trileptal I believe caused his rages to get worse and he was irritable all day long. The doctor recently cut the dose in half and he is a lot less irritable. Has this been anyone else's experience with mood stabilizers
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Joseph F Goldberg, MD responded:
Dear Anon,

Trileptal has never been shown to treat symptoms of bipolar disorder and is generally not considered by psychiatrists who write practice guidelines as being very useful or relevant as a psychiatric medicine. Personally, when it was once more often used as a "possible" mood stabilizer years ago, I don't recall experiencing it as very prone to cause irritability. Perhaps lack of efficacy if irritability is a core symptom of the illness though.

Dr. G.


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