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A 53-year-old male asked:

Neurologist q: i have been taking lamotrigine for bp2 (not epilepsy). prescriber said stop taking *immediately* (no taper) if rash and that the reported risk of rebound seizures only applies to epileptics. (i am not epileptic). is she correct?

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Dr. Cyma Khalily
Psychiatry 37 years experience
DEPENDS ON DOSE: I think that it really depends on the dose. If you are starting the lamotrigine and the dose is on the lower side then stopping immediately is not an issue. If the dose is really high then you may want to do a taper off but quickly since the rash can be dangerous. Typically the rash does not appear down the line..
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 54 years experience
2 points: 1. If you start Lamictal and get an itchy rash STOP immediately (Stevens-Johnson Syndrome can be deadly) 2. Unless you have been chronically using Lamictal, and are in therapy range, and have epilepsy, there is trivial withdrawal risk. This is especially true on initial dose titration upwards.
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Last updated Nov 22, 2020


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