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Questions About Side Effects of Trileptal
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
melly2210 responded:
I've been taking Trileptal for about 3 years. I was up to 1800 mg/day. I haven't had any "rages" but do have other side effects. However, when I have hit the anger zones, I am REALLY REALLY angry. It used to be when I reached that point that I would just walk away. Everyone who knew me knew that if I reached that point to just let me go...that is except one. She'd push that button until I completely lost it. My last incident like that, I warned her 3 times to let me go, to release my car door so I could close it. I warned her what I was going to do each time, and when she didn't release the door, I put the car in reverse and drug her down the driveway not to gently until she finally let go. That was before I was dx BP, but I have always had an "irish temper." Long fuse but when it runs out, it blows, and you'd better be out of my path. But once I blew, I was done.

My pdoc recently dropped my dose to 600 mg/day due to some other neuro problems I've had recently and it might be a contributing factor. For the most part, it's helped me level out even more. The roller coaster has stopped. It's circumstantial things impacting me right now and it is my fear that's causing me to be angry and lash out.

Hope that helps. Everyone, however, responds to meds differently though. I hope the drop in his meds helps him to level out. I know there is one other person who has had anger issues in the past, especially in manic phases. I hope this person also responds.

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