What is Lamictal?
Lamictal, or lamotrigine, is an anti-seizure medication that has been prescribed to treat epileptic seizures for over 15 years. In addition to its mood stabilizing effects, Lamictal has antidepressant effects as well that have been prescribed for bipolar or manic depressive patients.
Side Effects of Lamictal
Common side effects of Lamictal may include (but are not limited to):
- abdominal pain
- back pain
- blurred vision
- double vision
- dry mouth
- increased cough
Lamictal & Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
Based on clinical trials, approximately 10 percent of patients taking Lamictal experienced a rash on some area of their bodies. Although most rashes caused by Lamictal are not severe, one in particular is cause to immediately cease use of Lamictal. Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), which is a severe rash that can travel through all the mucous membranes in the body, can be life-threatening. Symptoms of this syndrome often begin with sore throat and fever, followed closely by blistering, lesions and ulcers mainly in the mouth, on the lips and in the genital region.
Lamictal & Aseptic Meningitis
According to an FDA alert issued in August 2010, a review of adverse event reports submitted to the agency from December 1994 (when the drug was approved) through November 2009 revealed that 40 cases of aseptic meningitis were reported in pediatric and adult patients taking Lamictal. Thirty-five of the 40 patients required hospitalization.
Symptoms of meningitis may include headache, fever, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, rash, and sensitivity to light. In cases of meningitis, it is important to rapidly diagnose the underlying cause so that treatment can be promptly initiated. The FDA has advised that any patient taking Lamictal contact their healthcare provider if they experience any of these symptoms.