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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
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
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
Lamictal: Check with your physician immediately. Rash from Lamictal (lamotrigine) can appear anywhere in the body (groin, back, arms, torso). This could be more serious than just a simple drug allergy (steven johnson syndrome). Check with your physician to evaluate if substitution with a different medication is necessary. ...Read more
Followup re lamictal. Much time can elapse between doses bef rash occurs? I I know rash won't happen if completely stopped. This concerns missed dose
I just got my dose of Lamictal upped to 50 MG. I now have a bumpy rash on my back. I checked the internet, it doesn't hurt, or itch. What should I do?
Well: Call your prescribing doctor and let him know what is going on. Describe the rash well or go in to see your doctor. Then you will know the source and cause of the rash ...Read more
Can you moss a dose of lamictal without having a rash? Or delay it by a few hours? How long can you go without getting a rash?
Question correct?: Your question sounds as if you believe that by not taking a dose of Lamictal you will break out into a rash. That is not correct. The rash is produced by taking doses of lemek doll and the body's reaction to those pills. Your risk for a rash will be reduced if you do not take the doses of the medication. Does that answer your question or do you need to rephrase it? ...Read more
I take 200mg of lamictal. Does exposure to either the sun or a tanning bed put me at risk for the rash (that leads to stevens-johnson's disease)?
No: The Lamictal rash occurs in about 3-5% of patients and is most often an allergic or idiosyncratic reaction. Stevens-johnson may occur if a painful rash and the drug is continued. There is no solar exposure risk which accentuates the chance of rash, but using drug with Depakote does increase risk of rash to 7-9%. ...Read more
How common are the really awful side effects of Lamictal? Like life-threatening rash, memory loss, uncoordination?
Varies: Life-threatening skin conditions like Stevens-Johnson syndrome & toxic epidermal necrosis are rare and almost always occur early in treatment. Uncoordination, however, is common altho, unless it causes some kind of accident, isn't "really awful." Cognitive side affects are common and can be "awful" if they are profound. BTW, why are u taking 2 different calcium channel blockers? ...Read more
What's the best way to treat bad rash from lamictal? Skin improved some, I stopped taking 3 days ago. But I still have really bad blister like spots!
I had to stop trileptal and lamictal due to bad rash. My dr still wants me to start new medication other than keppra. What other options are there?
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
Been on lamictal for little over two weeks and just increased dose to 50 mg and am itching kind of intensely but no rash will the itching go away? Also my Dr added back Prozac (fluoxetine) 10 mg
Check: Many reasons for itch may try to decrease dose and see if helps. If persistant see your doc ...Read more
Is it possible to get rash from NOT taking Buspar (buspirone) regularly? I've missed a few doses (not consecutively). Had a bad reaction from Lamictal a week ago.
On lamictal for a week after stopping prozac (fluoxetine). Have a small rash. Is it safe to stop the lamictal and go back on Prozac (fluoxetine) until I can see a doc?
Take a picture: Of the rash. Stop using lamictal. You may restart Prozac (fluoxetine) but make sure that first thing in the morning you contact your prescribing physician and go in and show him or her pictures of the rash to see whether the brash warrants the discontinuation of lamictal. Follow your doctor's directions. ...Read more
I developed severe hives in march that mostly resolved after discontinuing lamictal. The rash came back april 21. I have been taking prednisone since the 25th, but the rash is still extensive.?
I was on lamictal for a week and developed a rash from my neck to my knees I'm also experiencing black stools for the last two days.
Be seen: A rash with Lamictal can be very serious. Unless the rash is clearly not from the Lamictal (you know exactly what did cause it), then stop the Lamictal immediately and contact your doctor. Also, black stools are often a sign of GI bleeding, so, again, I would contact your physician asap. ...Read more
Was prescribed Lamictal for Bipolar Disorder. What's the possibility of getting nystagmus or a rash? Is it safe to take with ADHD meds?
I understand your concern.
Lamictal can cause nystagmus, diplopia, blurred vision and rash.
Thank you for information about using Concerta, it can cause emotional lability and insomnia. hallucinations, mania.
See a Psychiatrist for definitive Diagnosis, Medication benefits and side effects, dose, frequency of medication monitoring; Therapy for stress.in your life, Breathing Relaxation and Yoga ...Read more
I take lamictal & I got a rash looking thing on my knee with bubbles on it. But my mom insists I'm overreacting & refuses to call doctor. What do I do?
Call doctor ASAP!: Can"t afford to take chances with Stephens Johnson Syndrome or Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis. Best not to advance the medication faster than 25 mg / week. (reduces risk of developing a rash) Very serious risk of a potentially deadly rash. ...Read more
I have a rash on my stomach and legs. I'm not sure if it's Lamictal rash or from the sun burn I got on Monday?
4 a lamictal rash, ER: If the rash is from lamictal, you're at risk for exfoliative dermatitis which is a medical emergency. If you have sunburn on the stomach and legs and you didn't get sun exposure to one or the other, lamictal is suggested as the culprit. If sunburn, it should resolve fairly quickly. If caused by lamictal it will get worse and worse; See your PCP or go to the ER for eval. ...Read more
Taking 50mg lamictal. + 20mg Prozac (fluoxetine) +600mg ibuprofen for 1 yr. Bad rash inner thighs past 3wks. Ketaconzole made worse. Now itchy all over. Help!?
Needs exam: The fact that you were prescribed Ketoconazole Cream means the prescriber thought you had a fungus or yeast infection; the fact that it made the rash worse means the prescriber was wrong. It could be a reaction to Lamictal (or ibuprofen), or it could be one of several other conditions. You need to see a dermatogist and get a precise diagnosis. ...Read more
I am taking lamictal, just started at 50 mg/day. Today, I noticed an itchy bumpy rash on my chin and it is spreading up my cheek. My lymph nodes are also swollen. I sad a sorethroat/dry eyes last week. What should I do?
Lamictal allergy: Can be very serious, it can cause steven johnson syndrome. Go to the er for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
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
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
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
Pharmacist: Best to call the pharmacist where you get the medication. They may be able to give you the best answer. Hope this helps! ...Read more
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