Lamictal Side Effects
Lamictal is a prescription drug used for the treatment of certain types of epilepsy and bipolar disorders. For people over 18 years of age, Lamictal is used for the long-term treatment of Bipolar 1 disorder. It helps lengthen the time between mood episodes. For those under the age of 18, there are still no remarks whether if Lamictal have side effects in the treatment of depression or bipolar disorders. For certain types of epilepsy, Lamictal is used together with other prescription drugs to treat seizures of patients aged 2 years and above. These seizures include primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures, partial seizures, and generalized seizures of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. For people aged 16 and older, it is still unknown whether Lamictal is safe or effective when used alone as treatment for seizures.
Other Lamictal side effects include skin rash, ranging from mild to serious. In most cases, these rashes can lead to the hospitalization of the patient. Depending on the seriousness of the rash, your physician or specialist may recommend the patient to discontinue the use of Lamictal. These rashes will only be noticeable as a side effect within 2 to 8 weeks of taking Lamictal. The risk of developing rashes is greater when taken with other prescription drugs such as valporic acid or divalproex sodium. Other rare Lamictal side effects include aseptic meningitis. If a patient experiences headaches, fever, nausea, vomiting, stiff neck, rashes, muscle pain, chills, confusion, and unusual sensitivity to light, you should immediately contact your health care provider for assistance. Aseptic meningitis is the inflammation of the membrane that covers your spinal cord and brain. This should not be taken lightly. Taking higher doses or consuming Lamictal faster than the prescribed period is dangerous, and will produce serious side effects. You should always follow the doctor’s prescription and instructions, and should consult them in any case that you would want to stop taking the medication.
Lamictal side effects may not be visible, such as allergic reactions that affect internal organs. Not having a rash does not indicate that Lamictal has no other side effects on a patient. Should you encounter symptoms such as swollen lymph glands, sores around the mouth and around the eyes, swollen lips, swollen tongue, fever, yellowing of skin or eyes, severe fatigue, frequent infections, and sudden bruising or bleeding, you should immediately consult your health care provider so he or she may decide if you should continue or stop taking Lamictal.
What are the most serious side effects?
In very rare cases of about 1 in 500, suicidal thoughts or actions can be caused by taking Lamictal. You must contact your health care provider if you notice severe or worsening depression, thoughts or actions about inflicting harm to oneself, or any sudden changes in mood or behavior in the patient. Remember to always consult your physician or specialist before taking other actions such as discontinuing the use of Lamictal. A sudden stop in using Lamictal may cause serious complications, and it might be too late to notice it if you do not consult with your physician as early as possible.