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Lamictal

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3.8  Effectiveness
6.5  Side Effects
5.5  Holistic Benefits

RateADrug users have reported 11 Lamictal side effects and 5 Lamictal benefits.

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Reported Changes in Health and Well-Being
Since taking Lamictal, RateADrug survey participants noticed these changes in their health:
Effect on:Much WorseWorseNo ChangeBetterMuch Better
Appetite 5.5% 14.5% 60% 14.5% 5.5%
Balance/Equilibrium 3.6% 16.1% 50% 23.2% 7.1%
Blood Pressure 1.8% 8.9% 69.6% 12.5% 7.1%
Breathing 1.9% 3.7% 87% 5.6% 1.9%
Confidence 8.5% 10.2% 54.2% 22% 5.1%
Coordination/Motor Skills 3.4% 15.5% 43.1% 32.8% 5.2%
Digestion 0% 1.9% 87% 9.3% 1.9%
Emotional Well-being 9.8% 9.8% 42.6% 24.6% 13.1%
Energy 8.3% 10% 36.7% 33.3% 11.7%
Eyesight 3.6% 12.5% 66.1% 14.3% 3.6%
Memory 10.5% 8.8% 42.1% 28.1% 10.5%
Mental Clarity 9.8% 6.6% 39.3% 24.6% 19.7%
Pain 5.4% 8.9% 75% 7.1% 3.6%
Patience 10.2% 15.3% 42.4% 25.4% 6.8%
Sexual Health 5.2% 6.9% 56.9% 24.1% 6.9%
Skin Complexion 0% 10.7% 78.6% 7.1% 3.6%
Sleep 3.4% 15.5% 44.8% 24.1% 12.1%
Stress Level 8.3% 15% 38.3% 31.7% 6.7%
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Commonly Reported Lamictal Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced these commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Chest Pain 50% 50% 0% 0% 0%
Confusion 50% 23.3% 6.7% 16.7% 3.3%
Fatigue 48.1% 14.8% 14.8% 16.7% 5.6%
Increased Urination 61.5% 15.4% 0% 23.1% 0%
Nausea 80.8% 15.4% 1.9% 1.9% 0%
Allergic Reaction 86.3% 9.8% 2% 2% 0%
Cold Symptoms 76.7% 6.7% 13.3% 0% 3.3%
Irritability / Impatience 50% 26.9% 11.5% 3.8% 7.7%
Anemia 81.8% 9.1% 9.1% 0% 0%
Coordination / Balance Problems 37.5% 29.2% 16.7% 16.7% 0%
Sweating 50% 0% 0% 50% 0%
Concentration / Focus Problems 16.7% 50% 16.7% 8.3% 8.3%
Blurred Vision 58.5% 9.8% 17.1% 9.8% 4.9%
Abnormal / Vivid Dreams 50% 50% 0% 0% 0%
Movement Problems 73.1% 15.4% 7.7% 0% 3.8%
Change in Sex Drive 50% 11.5% 19.2% 15.4% 3.8%
Depression 51.2% 12.2% 17.1% 12.2% 7.3%
Eye / Vision Problems 50% 26.9% 11.5% 3.8% 7.7%
Lethargy 63.2% 21.1% 5.3% 10.5% 0%
Breathing Difficulties 76.7% 10% 6.7% 3.3% 3.3%
Change in Weight 65.4% 11.5% 11.5% 11.5% 0%
Dry Mouth 57.7% 19.2% 19.2% 3.8% 0%
Apathy / Indifference 73.7% 0% 21.1% 5.3% 0%
Stomach Ache 86.7% 6.7% 3.3% 3.3% 0%
Vomiting 96.2% 3.8% 0% 0% 0%
Muscle Cramping 76.7% 10% 3.3% 3.3% 6.7%
Insomnia 63.3% 6.7% 13.3% 13.3% 3.3%
Dehydration / Thirst 61.5% 15.4% 15.4% 7.7% 0%
Gas 66.7% 13.3% 3.3% 13.3% 3.3%
Headache 54.4% 24.6% 5.3% 12.3% 3.5%
Fever 93.3% 3.3% 3.3% 0% 0%
Drowsiness 49.1% 9.4% 17% 20.8% 3.8%
Sensitivity to Light 66.7% 13.3% 10% 6.7% 3.3%
Energy Loss 52.6% 21.1% 10.5% 15.8% 0%
Abdominal Pain 66.7% 22.2% 0% 11.1% 0%
Anxiety 55.8% 11.6% 14% 16.3% 2.3%
Sore / Swollen Gums 73.7% 15.8% 5.3% 5.3% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 69.8% 7% 9.3% 7% 7%
Osteoporosis / Loss of Bone Mass 84.2% 0% 0% 15.8% 0%
Impaired Thinking / Judgment 63.2% 0% 26.3% 5.3% 5.3%
Irregular Heartbeat 83.3% 3.3% 10% 3.3% 0%
Mood Swings 55.3% 13.2% 18.4% 7.9% 5.3%
Diarrhea 83.7% 9.3% 7% 0% 0%
Dizziness 54.7% 28.3% 5.7% 9.4% 1.9%
Constipation 53.8% 30.8% 15.4% 0% 0%
Indigestion 88.5% 11.5% 0% 0% 0%
Thinning / Loss of Hair 73.1% 15.4% 7.7% 3.8% 0%
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Less Commonly Reported Lamictal Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced less commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Chest Tightness 50% 0% 0% 0% 50%
Decrease in Platelet Count 90% 5% 5% 0% 0%
Muscle / Joint Pain 50% 0% 0% 0% 50%
Reduced Libido 68.8% 12.5% 12.5% 0% 6.2%
Muscle Spasms 76.9% 19.2% 3.8% 0% 0%
Loss of Consciousness 96.2% 3.8% 0% 0% 0%
Chest Pain 84.6% 7.7% 0% 7.7% 0%
Kidney Damage 96.2% 0% 0% 3.8% 0%
Lethargy 50% 0% 0% 50% 0%
Tenderness 50% 0% 0% 50% 0%
Tremors 92.3% 7.7% 0% 0% 0%
Blistering 95% 0% 0% 5% 0%
Double Vision 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
Pancreas Problems 95% 0% 0% 0% 5%
Suicidal Tendencies 85.7% 3.6% 3.6% 3.6% 3.6%
Thinning / Loss of Hair 90.5% 4.8% 0% 4.8% 0%
Decrease in White Blood Cell Count 95% 0% 5% 0% 0%
Increased Depression 65.4% 11.5% 15.4% 3.8% 3.8%
Energy Loss 33.3% 0% 33.3% 33.3% 0%
Mouth Sores 85% 0% 10% 0% 5%
Skin Rash 81.8% 18.2% 0% 0% 0%
Fever 88.9% 11.1% 0% 0% 0%
Apathy / Indifference 33.3% 0% 33.3% 33.3% 0%
Skin Problems 80.8% 11.5% 7.7% 0% 0%
Sweating 50% 0% 50% 0% 0%
Thyroid Problems 88.5% 7.7% 0% 0% 3.8%
Infection 95% 0% 0% 5% 0%
Mood Swings 0% 33.3% 0% 66.7% 0%
Sore / Swollen Gums 50% 50% 0% 0% 0%
Breathing Difficulties 84.6% 0% 7.7% 7.7% 0%
Change in Weight 50% 0% 0% 0% 50%
Impaired Thinking / Judgment 40% 20% 20% 20% 0%
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Episodes since taking Lamictal
Since taking Lamictal Rate a Drug survey participants reported these episodes:
Auto Accident 1.7%
Blindness 0.8%
Fall 5%
Hallucination 0.8%
Hospitalization 4.2%
Seizure 7.6%
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User Comments about Lamictal
24 May 2015 Discontinued last month after 14 years of treatment and experienced withdrawal symptoms including: insomnia, depression, eyelid twitch, rage, overstimulation, lethargy.
   —Posted by Jason73
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02 Aug 2013 watch for fluctuating glucose levels-- i had extremely low blood sugar while taking this then it would spike 38 to 185 in a few hours for example. it rendered me paralyzed without glucose tablets and taking my sugar every other hour-- i was taken off cold turkey and have not had one fluctuation since-- very harsh drug -made me disoriented, and i could not function on any higher dose than 50mg. i lost hair, gained weight, and had no sex life AT ALL--
   —Posted by yikes
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02 Aug 2013 This medication works well- however I experienced a rare side effect, but one to watch for nonetheless---sever fluctuations in blood sugar. Like 38 to 185 in a matter of an hour-- this is the only drug I took and I have no other reason for it to happen. I was disoriented,shaky and almost passed out on more than one occasion. This was terrifying to me. I have bp2 and other than that and a slight weight gain, hair loss, this worked great for mood stabilization. I would recommend it with the caution that everyone just make sure to monitor your glucose levels if you start feeling odd. Also, I was yanked off it cold turkey and th withdrawl was rough...but what can one expect?! your supposed to titrate off-- and GO SLOW with dose increases-- very slow-- it helps to eliminate some discomfort. good luck:)
   —Posted by Tracy
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01 Aug 2013 Control my zeisures all the time.
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25 May 2012 my dr wants to add wellbutrion-- i am scared--anyone take this combo?
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25 May 2012 Wellbutrin and Lamictal totally wired me---but I sure could do a lot of work! My other problems are OCD and generalized anxiety disorder which explains that reaction to me. If you are coming out of a really deep depression that combo might work for you. Ask the Doc why he thinks this is a good idea and if there are any alternatives (and there are). I went through about 10 meds or so before something worked (also take Celexa., Remeron and Temazepam). Insomnia can be a big prob with both those drugs. But Lamictal is the greatest---even "normal" people should take it
   —Posted by wmblake



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