Please see if you can help me either by your knowledge or someone you know who can help me.
I'm 35 and was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder II a year ago (I am a mild case). I have been on Lamotrigine 150mg (Lamotrigine is to help with any possible depression) for 9 months with No side affects, no dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, loss of cognitive function, nothing! Normal anti depressants don't work on bipolar as it is a chemical imbalance (I don't actually get depressed as such) my own doctor says I'm mentally stable and I have had no bouts of 'depression' for over a year.
I have been told I cant dive because of my medication, Lamotrigine is an AED (Anti Epileptic Drug) mainly given to reduce convulsions in people who have fits (I dont and have never had seizures) but also is given to people with Bipolar. In patience who have seizures it can increase the frequency in rare cases (1 in 10,000 < 1 in 100,000) but nothing in people with Bipolar.
I have been told that my medication COULD increase the affects of Nitrogen Narcosis but In the research I have done looking at medical papers, I have found no proof of this and I even found a paper done that looks at patience given nitrogen oxide for pain relief "there was no noticeable increase in the affect of the gas, the speed in which it took affect or the patience recovery from the gas".
My dive buddy would be a chap I have know since childhood and who I would trust with my life, he has said he would dive with me any time. I am happy to restrict my diving to 30m and never dive alone. I refuse to believe I am the only person with Bipolar who wants to dive or am the only person on this medication.
If I had not been diagnosed with Bipolar or placed on this medication I know my mental state would not have been an issue in diving, I am not looking to dive as an extreme sport. I love the ocean and always have, I have recently tried diving and am hooked!
Please help me dive again!
Links for supported data
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17508997 (talks mainly about epilepsy but does support some data on AED's and diving)
http://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medi...00+mg+Tablets/ (Information on Lamotrigine)