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What are the side effects of having to use lamictal?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Varied: Life threatening: certain rashes (stevens-johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis), neutropenia (low white cells), multiple organ failure, hepatic failure, suicide, sudden death. Less severe: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, somnolence, visual change, headache, sore throat, runny nose, diarrhea, fever, fatigue - many others. You should be under close supervision by the prescriber.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Lamictal: Rash incidence has been reported at 1 in every 1, 000 cases. Is more prevalent if patient is taking Depakote (valproic acid) due to increase level of both. Other side-effects reported are aseptic meningitis, fever, double vision, dizziness, insomnia, nightmares or vivid dreams, dry mouth/nausea/cramps, anxiety, emory problems. Incidence of these varies between patients.
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurosurgery 54 years experience
Numerous: The most serious side-effect which may occur rarely is a skin rash (stevens-johnson) which is less likely when dosing is started low and slowly raised. Also, light headedness, loss of balance, mental slowing, drowsiness, fatigue, depression, drug interactions. Side effects are not excessive with Lamictal compared to other anticonvulsants.

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Lamictal side effects?

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Cardiology 44 years experience
Varied: Life threatening: certain rashes (stevens-johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis), neutropenia (low white cells), multiple organ failure, hepatic failure, suicide, sudden death. Less severe: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, somnolence, visual change, headache, sore throat, runny nose, diarrhea, fever, fatigue - many others. You should be under close supervision by the prescriber.
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Common side effects of lamictal can be what?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Varied: Life threatening: certain rashes (stevens-johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis), neutropenia (low white cells), multiple organ failure, hepatic failure, suicide, sudden death. Less severe: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, somnolence, visual change, headache, sore throat, runny nose, diarrhea, fever, fatigue - many others. You should be under close supervision by the prescriber.
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What are start up side effects of lamictal?

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Dr. Laura Yauch
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See link: The most important things to look for are fever, rash and sore throat. You may have headache, dizziness, dry mouth. See link for a great resource on lamictal. http://www.drugs.com/lamictal.html
A 48-year-old member asked:

What are the side effects of reducing lamictal by half?

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Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Neurology 58 years experience
Diagnosis? : Lamictal is used for the treatment of epilepsy as well as psychiatric conditions such as bipolar depression if prescribed by a doctor do not change the dosage without his or her advice!
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What kind of side effects does lamictal have for seizures?

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Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Side effects: The most serious side effect is a rash called stevens johnson syndrome. It can be a scalding rash with potentially fatal consequences. Other potential side effects include sedation, elevated liver enzymes, upset stomach, lowered white blood count, muscle aches and many more.. Speak to your doctor for more information.

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