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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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What happens if you have been on lamotrigine (50mg/1xday) for a year and you just stop taking it? Also on 20mg Prozac (fluoxetine) (still taking this).

What happens if you have been on lamotrigine (50mg/1xday) for a year and you just stop taking it?  Also on 20mg Prozac (fluoxetine) (still taking this).

Lamotrigine: Any dosage weaning or stopping should be done under the guidance of your physician -- while it is not dangerous to stop taking the medication at a 50mg dose, reasons for stopping the medication should be discussed with the prescribing physician. ...Read more

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I've been taking lamotrigine tablet for my epilepsy for about a year now and I have a extremely bad memory since i've been diagnosed, why is this?

I've been taking lamotrigine tablet for my epilepsy for about a year now and I have a extremely bad memory since i've been diagnosed, why is this?

Memory: Please speak to your neurologist regarding your concerns. Are your seizures under good control? Is your mood good? Memory and cognitive complaints are not uncommon in individuals with epilepsy, and Lamictal is generally thought to be pretty friendly from this standpoint. However it sounds as this is really bothering you and you should speak to your physician to clarify the severity and cause. ...Read more

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I am 26 and on 90mgs methadone, I have epilepsy and take 100mg lamotrigine BID, I gained 60Lbs one year, how can I successfully lose weight on meds?

I am 26 and on 90mgs methadone, I have epilepsy and take 100mg lamotrigine BID, I gained 60Lbs one year, how can I successfully lose weight on meds?

Response: Lamotrigine is usually weight neutral, and if your seizures are responding, would not alter this. Methadone might be the culprit but even so, I presume you have very valid reasons for taking. Weight is mostly affected by dietary intake and exercise, and is, in most cases, a lifelong effort, needing consistency. Start with dietician, and personal trainer. ...Read more

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Hi I am a 25 year old female who has had 3 kidney stones in the last 2 months. I have been on lamotrigine since I was 18. Could this medicine be causing my kidney stones?

Hi I am a 25 year old female who has had 3 kidney stones in the last 2 months. I have been on lamotrigine since I was 18. Could this medicine be causing my kidney stones?

Lamotrigine: NPeterson ~ 25 yo +kidney stones, needs a big workup even if it was a known s/e lamotrigine which I dont think it is. Please see your RMD or a Urologist to investigate. thanks http://www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/lamictal ...Read more

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I think I have a lamictal rash, what should I do?

Stop and call Dr: Lamictal rashes can be serious and even life-threatening. I would stop the Lamictal immediately and contact your physician. ...Read more

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Can Lamotrigine cause dehydration and or headaches?

Can Lamotrigine cause dehydration and or headaches?

Lamictal Side Effect: Lamictal (Lamotrigine) Side Effects Common Side Effects of Lamictal (Lamotrigine): Let your doctor know if any of these side effects persist or get worse. Nausea Dizziness Drowsiness Headache Changes in menstrual periods Back pain Insomnia (trouble sleeping) Blurred or double vision Shaking (tremors) Vomiting Upset stomach Feeling tired Runny nose Sore throat ...Read more

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The lamictal rash is back after 16 days is this possible?

The lamictal rash is back after  16 days  is this possible?

Stop? : If you stopped Lamictal 16 days, it is out of your system (half-life is ~24 hrs.) return of rash could mean: Lamictal wasn't the cause in first place, another rash cause has occurred, treatment suppressing rash has ceased (allowing rash to flare), rash has evolved and is healing (but changing appearance). If things are worsening, then back to your treating doctor! (oh, and avoid hot baths. ). ...Read more

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Can you still get a rash from lamictal even though I have been on it for 8 months? I am on 25 mg 1x a day.

Can you still get a rash from lamictal even though I have been on  it for 8 months? I am on 25 mg 1x a day.

It's possible: Yes, it's possible to develop a rash to most drugs even after being on them for a long time. However, it is a more rare phenomenon. Drug rashes typically occur within the first week to 6 weeks of starting a medication. If you have a rash, I recommend having it evaluated by a dermatologist to see what the cause can be and to treat it if it's bothersome. ...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