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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)?

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In brief: 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%.

In brief: 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%.
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