Lamictal Side Effects (Thread 173491)

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SAMANTHA Says:


I have been on lamictal 50 mg and have recently went up 150 mg @ day. have been experiencing numbness, tingling, and loss of strenght in my left arm and left leg only. has any one else had similar side effects?



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Karen Says:

You don't say why doctor prescribed Lamictal. I'm on 100 mg for hemiplegic migraines. Left side is weak and right side is numb. Symptoms are not from the medication but rather the type of headache. You need to talk with your physician to see if there is another

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blueviolet Says:

I recently started Lamictal for Bi-polar. I'm up to 100mg(?). With Lexapro,and today started Vistaril too. I too have experienced that left hand /arm numbness feeling. Sometimes my feet get tingley up to below my knees at night when I'm lying in bed. I have alot of anxiety about taking medication but I feel like I should be brave and work through the adjustments, maybe then things will be more normal? easier?

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Lois Says:

I was prescribed Lamictol last year for pain suffered in my lower back due to a car accident. LAMICTOL IS EVIL in my book! I was comatose for the first 4 hours then psychotic for the second four hours. The doctor said it would take away my pain....it took away EVERYTHING BUT THE PAIN. Imagine not being able to move AND being in severe pain! Do not take this!

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Karen Says:

I can understand Lamictal being used for bi-polar but I don't understand at all why a doctor would prescribe it for pain. It is a (in the old venacular) an anti-seizure drug. Lois, be sure to talk to your doctor about your reactions. Gosh, no wonder you felt it was evil. I've been very lucky in the use of Lamictal as a preventative for the migraine. I'm up to 400mg a day and still have not had any of the side effects.

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Blueviolet Says:

Lois! I think we are talking about two very different drugs with very similar spelling . The Lamictal packet warns about this. You are talking about LamictOl I'm taking LamictAl. I 'm still sorry you had a bad experience.

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Blueviolet Says:

Samantha, Going from 50mg to 150mg? was that done gradually or just boom? How is that working for you ? I was just increased from 100mg to 150mg too. I quit the hated vistatril and am now on Abilify 5mg to 10 mg recently. For two or three days I've been rapid cycling not feeling very cured

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JACQUELINE Says:

I JUST HAD A BABY AND THOUGHT I HAD POST PARTUM DEPRESSION. I'VE JUST BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH TYPE 2 BIPOLAR. I' CURRENTLY TAKING CELEXA DURING THE DAY AND ACTIVAN AT NIGHT. NOW I'VE BEEN PUT ON THE STARTER MONTH OF LAMICTAL. COULD ANYONE PLEASE TELL ME IF THEY'VE HAD ANY LUCK WITH THIS DRUG FOR THEIR ANXIETY/DEPRESSION?? THANK YOU

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Blueviolet Says:

I haven't had any severe panic attacks latley. But still waiting for the rapid cycling to slow down.

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Blueviolet Says:

Jaqueline , do you take activan or adivan at night? What's Celexa do? Does it work for you?

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Tiffany Says:

I've been taking lamictal for about a year now, 200mg. I stopped seeing my psychiatrist and had my family doctor continue writing the scrip. I've always experienced erratic behavior during PMS, but lately it seems worse. I'm feeling very anxious and paranoid. Any opinions? I know I need to go back to my psychiatrist, perhaps for a re-evaluation.

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dawn Says:

jaqueline, My son is 10 and is on 100 mg w/a dx of adhd and spd (sensory processing disorder) with these 2 disorders comes a lot of anxiety, and low selfesteem which leads to a lot of mood swings and behavioral problems, he wanted to hurthi self at one time(one day after a cub scout camping trip a kids dad hurt him physically,over a game of king of the hill and then the pack lied for him,)(no not hurt sexually, thank god )but it made him obviously mad , insecure,he thought everyone hated him, he was scared this guy would come to the house, and he had bad thoughts, so they put him on this after they tried a different drug that started with an L (and made my very skinny boy gain 36 pounds in 2 months!) on this med im not sure if hes gained weight from it, but I can tell you he is happier ,the mood swings are better, and he doesn't think everyone hates him like he did after the incident. It is working !he has had no side effects, believe me I ask so many questions because i don't want him on any meds, but what can you do? I love him and will do whatever it takes to help him feel like a little kid instead of the very sad boy he was. I had the baby blues when i had him, not like you're having but, I educated myself, so Im glad you are getting help, too many of us do not, and give it time to work, and take it easy on yourself, you're being a great mom by getting help, good luck to you!! and congrats on the baby :)

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Jill Says:
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I have been on lamotrigine for several years for bi-polar. I was started on the Intro Month Pack then gradually upped the dose to 150. I also take cymbalta . It has helped alot but I feel noting is perfect.

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Neenee Says:

I don't know why a doctor would prescribe it for pain. That's not what it's for at all. :(

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Dee Says:
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Not that but equilibrium off, fell twice cognitive skills off. Went back to 50mg twice a day, it's better.

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Dee Says:
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I couldn't take 150/day. Back on 100. 150 caused poor coordination, and trouble with memory. Good luck, notify Dr. any concerns.

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