My Positive Experience with Lamotrigine — It Keeps My Tinnitus Under Control

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    1. jacksprat

      jacksprat Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1989
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      aspirin overdose
      Hi. I found Tinnitus Talk when I Googled tinnitus & Lamotrigine. I saw a lot of discussion about Lamotrigine and want to add my experience. That particular thread appears dormant, so I am posting here and hope someone can point me toward an active thread about Lamotrigine or a thread that I can add to.

      I was taking 600 mg all at once for depression for several years. I went off of it and my ringing became very noticeable again (I've had the ringing since I was 13 due to an aspirin overdose.)

      I now take 200 mg every 5 hours and keep a note pad to stay on schedule. If I forget my 5 hour window, I don't realize it until I hear the ringing again. At that point, it is as if I need to get back on the 5 hours a few times around before I get it under control. Sleeping 8 hours (past the 5 hours) messes me up & usually puts me back to ringing when I wake up.

      I thought I was the only one to have success - not 100% - but it definitely helps. I will never know how well it works percentage wise because I can not keep on this 5 hour schedule.
       
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    2. kingsfan
      Haunting

      kingsfan Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Coolifornia
      Tinnitus Since:
      9-17-20 / 10-20-20 / 3-31-21 / 5-23-21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      turning everything up to 11
      Hey @jacksprat, thanks for this info. I'll add this medication to my list to try.
       
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    3. Thomas_83

      Thomas_83 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise
      Is Lamotrigine the same as Lamictal?
       
    4. ajc

      ajc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2002; spike 2009; worse 2017-18
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music - noise damage
      Yes, one of the brand names for Lamotrigine is Lamictal.
       
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    5. Barry098
      Elated

      Barry098 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Music
      Do you take the regular or extended release version of the med?
       
    6. GBB

      GBB Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016-2019 (Mild, Cured) 8/2020 (Severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Virus / Microsuction / Acoustic Trauma
      I started on 25 mg of this yesterday. Will probably titrate to 200 mg with my neurologist. Will report back.
       
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    7. Ctjbush
      Alienated

      Ctjbush Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably loud music, old age
      How did it go?
       
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    8. Ctjbush
      Alienated

      Ctjbush Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably loud music, old age
      Did it help?
       
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    9. dd314

      dd314 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma + stress?
      Any word?
       
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    10. GBB

      GBB Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016-2019 (Mild, Cured) 8/2020 (Severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Virus / Microsuction / Acoustic Trauma
      It seems to have lowered my reactivity and volume level a bit, actually. Not sure if it would have occurred on its own but I am incrementally better. I can stay up later because the sound doesn't seem to ramp up as much in the later evenings, and it's a bit less intrusive in the day. DEFINITELY not worse as I know some have reported - not saying their experience is not valid, it just has not been my experience.

      That said, tinnitus is still a strong force, I still have really tough periods where I come back here searching and reading for breakthroughs, but I would not go off Lamictal if there were no compelling reason. Also, it did nothing for the visual snow, palinopsia etc... so still trying to improve vision as well as tinnitus. Still looking for Dr. Shore's results :)
       
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