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Can lamictal cause you to have altered brain waves while sleeping?

Can lamictal cause you to have altered brain waves while sleeping?

Yes: Lamictal affects the structure of sleep and this is manifested by a change in the frequency and duration of brain waves of certain type. ...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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How does Lamotrigine (Lamictal) work in my brain? It's not an SSRI, correct?

How does Lamotrigine (Lamictal) work in my brain? It's not an SSRI, correct?

Not an SSRI, right: Lamictal is an antiseizure drug. HOW it works is not known. Ultimately, it raises the thresh hold of the brain to get triggered into a seizure or convulsion. That's what it's supposed to do & it's not half bad at that function. HOW it works in the brain has not been resolved yet. Come back with that question in about 10 years. We may have more data- www.healthtap.com/dr-drsaghafi to chat bout it. ...Read more

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Was taken off of lamictal 7 days ago. How long until it would be out of my system? Feeling okay but hard time focusing my brain on things (125 mg)

Was taken off of lamictal 7 days ago.  How long until it would be out of my system? Feeling okay but hard time focusing my brain on things (125 mg)

Lamictal dosing: The pharmacokinetics of Lamotrigine follow first-order kinetics, with a half-life of 13.5 hours and volume of distribution of 1.36 l/kg. What this means is half of the drug is gone in 13.5 hours and another 25% is gone in another 13.5 hours. Most of the drug should be gone in 1.5 to 2 days. ...Read more

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How long would it take for a steady state concentration from 100mg of lamictal to 50 mg--keeping in mind i also take 600 mg of tegretol.

How long would it take for a steady state concentration from 100mg of lamictal to 50 mg--keeping in mind i also take 600 mg of tegretol.

Probably 2-3 days: Since the half-life of Lamictal is ordinarily about 33 hours (presuming normal kidney function) and the elimination half-life is decreased significantly by the presence of tegretol that speeds lamictal's metabolism, i think it should only take 2 to 3 days to reach steady state on 50 mg daily after having previously been on 100 mg daily. ...Read more

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What causes abnomrmal brain waves without epilepsy?

What causes abnomrmal brain waves without epilepsy?

Many entities: Includes prior head and neck trauma, migraine headaches, medication effects, sleep disorders, metabolic influences, chemical imbalances, to name a few. ...Read more

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My 32mo old son was diagnosed with apraxia of speech. Now EEG showed slow brain waves at the back of his brain. What could cause this?

My 32mo old son was diagnosed with apraxia of speech. Now EEG showed slow brain waves at the back of his brain. What could cause this?

Mild disorganization: There have been attempts to understand brain development with EEG for many years. 30 years ago they tried BEAM (brain electrical activity mapping) to diagnose ADHD, dyslexia, etc. we are still in the dark. Receptive language develops better than expressive language in many, especially boys. This can cause difficulty forming words (dyspraxia) as well as stuttering and frustration. Time will help. ...Read more

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What does slow brain waves on an EEG mean?

What does slow brain waves on an EEG mean?

Not clear: It could be due to medications or brain injury or systemic poisons. If there is severe slowing, it could indicate deep coma with poor chances of recovery. ...Read more

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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