Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Lamictal 300, Ativan 1.25 mgs

Last week I wrote that I'd been feeling tired and lethargic.  I thought it might be titrating up to 300 mgs of lamictal.  Or maybe the time change.  Or maybe that I'd let my exercise routine slide.

A few days later I had another thought.  Maybe it was a hangover effect from the Ativan I take for sleep?  My pdoc had recently increased my dose, from 1.0 mg to 1.5 mgs.  When I first started taking it, he warned me that there could be a hangover effect.  Maybe Ativan was my problem.

The problem is that 1 mg of Ativan isn't enough to help me sleep.  1.5 mgs might be too much.  Maybe 1.25 was the answer -- but pills are 1 mg, with scoring down the middle so they can easily be broken in half.  Would it even be possible to break one half of a pill into equal halves?

The answer, I am here to tell you, is yes.  I used a pill cutter, but a sufficiently sharp knife would work.  1.25 mgs works just dandy.  I can fall asleep, and I'm not lethargic and logy the next day.  It's a good thing. 

In case you've never seen a pill cutter, here's what one looks like:

A standard pill cutter.  

If you take a lot of meds, you will probably need a pill cutter someday.  I got mine at Walgreens.  The one above links to, because I figured since I'm using the image without permission I should link it. 

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