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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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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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MRI shows microangiopathic changes of the white matter in both hemispheres. Taking Lamictal and have follow up next week. Should I be upset bc I am!

MRI shows microangiopathic changes of the white matter in both hemispheres.  Taking Lamictal and have follow up next week. Should I be upset bc I am!

UNCLEAR QUESTION: Not understanding what you are asking so will comment on what you mentioned. At age 37, unless you possess a vasculitis or have uncontrolled hypertension or smoking, the "microangiopathic" interpretation is totally misleading. You don't say why you take Lamictal, so not sure why you might or might not be upset. Help us to help you. Tell us what you need us to help with. ...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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Hv left temporal lobe epilepsy, on 150 mg lamictal x 2 times, tegretol 200 mg x 2 times. What are consequences of tegretol taken for over 30 yrs?

Hv left temporal lobe epilepsy, on 150 mg lamictal x 2 times, tegretol 200 mg x 2 times. What are consequences of tegretol taken for over 30 yrs?

Probably minor: Although tegretol rarely caused bone marrow suppression and liver abnormalities, the most likely long-term effects include low sodium, mild liver function abnormalities, elevation of cholesterol levels, and osteoporosis. ...Read more

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Hv left temporal lobe epilepsy, on 150 mg lamictal x 2 times, tegretol 200 mg x 2 times. What are consequences of tegretol taken for over 30 yrs ?

Hv left temporal lobe epilepsy, on 150 mg lamictal x 2 times, tegretol 200 mg x 2 times. What are consequences of tegretol taken for over 30 yrs ?

Some consequences: Long-term tegretol can affect sodium and liver functions, but can also raise cholesterol and contribute to osteoporosis. Unlikely, at this point, you will have bone marrow or liver damage. Might talk with your neurologist, as newer meds may be more convenient and safer. ...Read more

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Hv left temporal lobe epilepsy; on 150 mg lamictal n 400 mg tegrator twice daily. Started on 5-htp time release 200mg. Wat's danger, drug interaction?

Tegretol/Lamictal: Those 2 do have a moderate interaction. This combination may cause restlessness, seizures, tremors, slurred speech, staggering walk, and feeling light-headed or fainting. If you take both medications together, tell your doctor if you have any of these symptoms. You may need a dose adjustment or special tests in order to safely take both medications together. ...Read more

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Is lamictal good for mood swings, irritability etc I've been depressed for long periods of times and my mind races think it's bipolar 2. Will see psyc?

Is lamictal good for mood swings, irritability etc I've been depressed for long periods of times and my mind races think it's bipolar 2. Will see psyc?

Seizure Disorder Med: Lamictal (lamotrigine) This medicine is used specifically for SEIZURE DISORDER (antiepileptic, Anticonvulsant). Having Bipolar depression you really need to be followed by a Psychiatrist and prescribed appropriate medications, like, for example SSRIs, SNRIs, buproprion in combination with psychothearpy (CBT). These medicines need to be given / adjusted over 4-6 weeks until effective. ...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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Do cell phones mess with brain waves?

Do cell phones mess with brain waves?

Not directly: The message, not the messenger, is more likely to affect your brain function. Power emission of cell phones is so low that alteration of brain electrical activity will not occur. Despite media concern, many studies have failed to conclusively document increase of brain tumors in cell phone users. The content of the phone call will affect your brain activity much more strongly than the phone. ...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