Friday, October 7, 2011

Lamictal 200 mgs: Cheerios, the Laxative of Last Resort

After experiencing some relief from bloating and gas (but not the constipation) that emerged when I titrated up to 150 mgs, I landed right back there when I hit 200.  My stomach hurts, my pants don't fit, and -- I'm sorry if I'm being gross here -- I just want to take a godsdamn shit.

This has brought me to my Laxative of Last Resort: Cheerios.

Since I was a teenager, Cheerios have gone right through me.  This is one reason I hate them.  The other reason is that they were the only cereal deemed to be "healthy enough" by my parents, so I ate them every effing morning until I was eight years old.  My friends, of course, got to eat Fruit Loops or Frosted Flakes or Lucky Charms.

My parents told me that my suffering was due to the fact that they loved me enough to make sure that my teeth didn't rot and I developed healthy eating habits.  Like most young children, I didn't believe them.  They made me eat Cheerios because they were mean!

Then, O glorious day!  Special K made the cut!  It was so exciting compared to those effing Cheerios!  I swore I would never eat Cheerios again.  And for the most part, I stuck by this promise to myself.  The exception was if I went to Girl Scout camp.  Cheerios got put in our gorp for some reason.  I noticed that not only did they made me run for the latrine, but they gave me mild heartburn.  I started eating around them.
When I was in high school, the first few days of my period often came with gas, constipation, bloating, and horrible, horrible stomachaches.  At this time I learned to use Cheerios to my advantage.  There was always a box in my house, and all I had to do was eat a few handfuls.  I found the taste to be disgusting, but it was the only laxative substance in the house.  I managed to choke them down somehow.   The relief was worth it.

It says something about how much I hate Cheerios that I've been putting up with the GI side effects of lamictal for a month.  I wanted to try everything I could before I ate Cheerios again.  I tried prunes (somewhat helpful), laxative tea (also somewhat helpful, but the box says not to use it for more than seven days), and water soluble fiber (seems not to do too much).  I tried Gas-X, which was definitely helpful, though by definition it makes you fart a lot, so I don't take it if I need to go out in public.

So now it's come to Cheerios.  How I loathe them.  But I had some last night before bed, in order to ... move things along, so to speak.  Turned the lights out at 12:50.  Got up at 1:39 because I had bad enough heartburn that I couldn't sleep.  Not having any heartburn meds in the house, I had to search the internets for remedies.  Turns out that two teaspoons of baking soda, a splash of vinegar, and some powdered vinegar can really do the trick.

Here is my breakfast menu for this morning:

  • Cheerios *shudder*
  • Greek yogurt, mixed with unsweetened cocoa powder (a natural laxative) and water soluble fiber
  • 4 prunes
  • Herbal laxative tea
  • A cocktail beverage consisting of baking soda, vinegar or lemon juice, and ginger (depending on how bad my heartburn gets)
All of this laxative crap has to do something for me, right?  Eventually?  Please?

In the meantime, I just gotta say -- not cool, lamictal.  Not.  Cool.


  1. Your mentioned breakfast would give anyone the runs/shits/ trots/GI's/ or sreamin'meemies for quite awhile.
    Cheerios and two prunes have me singing Fabian's " Turn Me Loose. "
    To help you turn things around , try a fast and not eating very much at all for awhile.

  2. I actually found that things changed the minute I went up to 250 -- there was something about that 200 dose that didn't agree with me. But I'm sure other readers will find the fasting suggestion helpful.

  3. I started taking 250mg 2 times a day for seizures he just upped it to 250 like a month ago and the past 2 days has been horrible I'm constipated and feel I'm going to throw up! Please help! I don't know if its the Med or food


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