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Can lamotrigine cause a rash after being on it a year or so?

Can lamotrigine cause a rash after being on it a year or so?

YES, STOP NOW.: Lamotrigine (brand lamictal) is used for certain seizure disorders, bipolar disease, part of pain management and other off-label uses. You can develop a rash any time after starting the drug. And it can be very serious, even a life-threatening disease called steven-johnson syndrome. Always call your physician or the specialist who prescribed a drug that u think ur getting a rash from. ...Read more

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Lamictal (Definition)

Lamictal (lamotrigine) is an anti-epileptic medication, also called an anticonvulsant. Lamictal is used either alone or in combination with other medications to treat epileptic seizures ...Read more


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When is rashes dangerous when taking Lamotrigine (600 mg Bipolar)?

When is rashes dangerous when taking Lamotrigine (600 mg Bipolar)?

Call your doctor now: Lamictal rashes are common, and fall somewhere in the spectrum between benign and annoying or dangerous. Once in a blue moon they can be life-threatening. Call your doc immediately so it can get looked at, and so you can be supervised when stopping the drug. If it covers a lot of the total surface area of your body, feels hot, and is blistering like a sunburn go straight to ER. Hydrate well now. ...Read more

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Are certain people more susceptible to the bad side effects of lamotrigine, incl. Rashes? Already prone to a lot of skin issues, afraid to take it.

Are certain people more susceptible to the bad side effects of lamotrigine, incl. Rashes? Already prone to a lot of skin issues, afraid to take it.

Yes!! : Yes it is well known that some people have an atopic constitution (sometimes with past history of atopic phenomena like asthma, eczema, hay fever etc) these people are more likely to react to certain medications. ...Read more

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I take Lamotrigine. 1.can a rash happen even after long term use? 2.If it happens, and I instantly quit lamotrigine, how dangerous it is at that point

I take Lamotrigine. 1.can a rash happen even after long term use? 2.If it happens, and I instantly quit lamotrigine, how dangerous it is at that point

Answers: 1. Would be very unusual for a rash to occur after a few weeks following initiation of lamotrigdine. 2. Even if timing is wrong, an itchy rash could be reslly bad news, and you might have to stop your meds. Since you exhibit concern, have a conference with your doctor. ...Read more

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I took unprescribed lamotrigine 150 mg for 3 days and 75 mg on day 4. I am aware of the life threating rash . Now I am itching all over. After researc?

I took unprescribed lamotrigine 150 mg for 3 days and 75 mg on day 4. I am aware of the life threating rash . Now I am itching all over. After researc?

Contact your doctor: Am confused as to why you might take unprescribed lamotrigine, but you are correct about the rash issue, which has a risk of stevens-johnson syndrome and a few other dermatological reactions, which are clearly life-threatening. The risky rash is the one that is itchy, and the drug must be stopped. Even without clearcut eruption, stop the Lamotrigine and see your doctor today. ...Read more

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Grandmother has been taking lamotrigine 25 mg at night for 1 week. I noticed a red rash on her belly / navel about the size of my palm. Could this be the dangerous rash? Is it safe to stop the med?

Grandmother has been taking lamotrigine 25 mg at night for 1 week. I noticed a red rash on her belly / navel about the size of my palm. Could this be the dangerous rash? Is it safe to stop the med?

Use caution: The Lamotrigine rash if painful or itchy, can lead to stevens-johnson syndrome or epidermal necrosis, and is not something to decide here online. The presentation of the rash requires immediate notification to your doctor now, and there needs to be a joint decision today. Maybe of limited importance, but may be a significant event. Do not delay. ...Read more

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Why does lamictal cause a rash?

Why does lamictal cause a rash?

Any drug can: Any medication can potentially cause skin rash. Although some are more likely than others to induce a rash. ...Read more

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What does the rash caused by lamictal look like?

What does  the rash caused by lamictal look like?

Bad hives, and more: Lamictal can cause a rare but sometimes fatal allergic reaction called S.J.S., E.M. Major, or T.E.N.. A person can have fever, malaise (general discomfort), skin itching, joint aches, and a fairly rapid appearance of reddened spots or patches all over. The rash can have "target" or "bulls-eye" spots, and even blisters. Eye irritation can occur, as well as sores on eyelids, lips, and in the mouth. ...Read more

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I've been on lLamictal for 7 years with no problems. Two days ago an itchy rash appeared on the right side of my face. Could this be a Lamictal rash?

I've been on lLamictal for 7 years with no problems. Two days ago an itchy rash appeared on the right side of my face. Could this be a Lamictal rash?

Unlikely: Usually, as you are I think surmising, the Lamictal rash comes on when you have begun this medication. It can be localized on the face alone, but usually it is more diffuse on the body. Again, it typically comes within weeks (not years) of administration. However, given the potential seriousness of rashes with the drug, I would get checked out with a dermatologist as soon as you can. ...Read more

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Skin Rash (Definition)

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Lamotrigine (Definition)

Lamotrigine is employed to treat psychiatric problems, and epilepsy. It is one of many meds that can help multiple ...Read more