Side Effects Of Lamictal

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There are constantly new drugs going on the market, and they all try to fix problems that humans have been dealing with forever. There is medication out there to manage allergies, infections, headaches, disorders, and more. One of these newer compounds is an anticonvulsant with the brand name Lamictal. Being an anticonvulsant means that it prevents abnormal electricity in the brain from happening, thus controlling seizures and the mood swings associated with bipolar disorder (WebMD). It’s mainly used for patients who are 16 and older, because it may be risky for children (Mayo Clinic). Lamictal isn’t quite like other mood stabilizers though, and it’s important that patients be aware of what risk there is with taking this drug. Lamictal isn’t …show more content…
Doctors are supposed to share these side effects with you before giving you the medication, so that you can decide if you’re comfortable taking it. If you feel like you don’t know what the risks are, ask your doctor to explain the risks, or do independent research on medical websites. Ultimately the patient has the final word on the prescription. The side effects listed on the bottle are: drowsiness, blurred vision, dizziness, and a rashes (WebMD). Any rash caused by Lamictal may be a warning sign for Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (Rx List). If someone ends up with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, they will start out having flu-like symptoms and their rash will begin rapidly spreading and blistering. Recovery may take months, and this requires hospitalization to get better. Rashes are a sign to call your doctor and stop taking Lamictal immediately. If you stop taking Lamictal and the rash goes away, you may not need to go to the hospital. It’s important to not try any new lotions, body washes, perfumes, or creams when first starting Lamictal because they might be what’s causing the rash. Knowing the source is important when making diagnosis, so that patients know if they’re allergic to any ingredients. Other serious side-effects that exist but are less common include: anxiety, depression, mental impairment, and blood disorders. Side-effects have been known to be more common in females than males because of how Lamictal reacts with …show more content…
Using alcohol while on Lamictal may cause impaired thoughts, poor judgement, and even depression. Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding shouldn’t take Lamictal either. Traces of it may show up in breastmilk and cause serious damage to infants (Mayo Clinic). Your doctor should also know about other drugs you are taking, even if they are recreational like marijuana. Some drugs may have a serious reaction, or cause Lamictal to not work as well as it should. Carbamazepine, estrogens, lphenobarbital, phenytoin, primidone, and succinimides all have the likelihood of decreasing how effective lamictal is (Drugs). Some others may increase the likelihood of side effects. Doctors who prescribe Lamictal should know what drugs react with it, but it’s also important to do independent research before trying anything new. Doctors will be precise when giving instructions on how to take Lamictal, and explain what shouldn’t go into your body while on

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