Lamictal and drug tests

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925572 tn?1246543631 I've been on Lamictal and ONLY Lamictal for 7 years now. It was a miracle drug for me for many years, but for the last 3 years I have indeed suffered severe memory loss and ability to concentrate. My overall cognitive function has been severely impaired. My job performance has suffered and I've even lost my job and I'm desperately looking for another MS that will work better as far as this problem is concerned.
574118 tn?1305138884 I think what's going on is you haven't built up to a clinical dose and you are still experiencing mania. That's typical and it will take a while. Don't confuse that for Lamictal worsening mania. If at a full dose the mania starts to get worse speak to your psychiatrist about it then. Remember Lamictal is a first line FDA approved mood stabilizer.
2053289 tn?1330435390 There is a question of pregnancy, however, I took two tests today and both were negative. I know that Lamictal has a side effect of Amenorrhea, but if the drug has been out of my system for over a week, how would I still be experiencing this side effect? Any thoughts?
2053289 tn?1330435390 There is a question of pregnancy, however, I took two tests today and both were negative. I know that Lamictal has a side effect of Amenorrhea, but if the drug has been out of my system for over a week, how would I still be experiencing this side effect? Any thoughts?
Avatar f tn The neurologist had seen cases of lamictal so he identified my problem. I was taken off Lamictal and a couple of weeks later I had the worse attack of all, things everywhere in my house were moving around 100X worse, I would have thought that if I had another bout with wiggling things it would be mild but no this was horrifying.
925572 tn?1246543631 Are There specific concerns about Lamictal® and pregnancy? Lamotrigine can interfere with folic acid. Therefore, female patients should be aware that lamotrigine may increase the chances of birth defects in babies. New information suggests that babies exposed to lamotrigine during the first three months of pregnancy may have a higher chance of being born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. Babies born with cleft lip or cleft palate have a gap in the upper lip or roof of the mouth.
Avatar n tn My latest round of tests, my doctor found something amiss with my liver and thought it was the Lamictal I was trying. The best evidence I have right now, the only discovery I've ever made to understand this, was that caffeine use exacerbates the condition about ten times over; the same is true with any stimulant, for that matter.
1116472 tn?1260078652 i know it is also a seizure med, and my bipolar issue is WAY more important. How much of the lamictal will be helping for my actual bipolar? I'm trying to understand, the doctor said it will treat both, but i need to be sure that the motivation was not for epilepsy, because that takes a backseat to bipolar, as i have only had a couple seizures, and am not diagnosed epileptic, and my MRI showed nothing of the sort.
1109293 tn?1258333223 I'm doing this for a month and after some blood tests I'll ask to get off and mention Clozaril. I really want to get off ALL this medication. It seems like he just kept adding more and more. This is it: Cymbalta, Abilify, Wellbutrin, Lithobid, Lamictal, Tamazapan and thyroid meds Levoxyl and Cytomel. Oh, I forgot, we added Adderall XR for my ADD. It is hard to manage refills with insurance coverage, etc. You probably know the drill. I'm fed up with it all.
Avatar n tn It happened two days after starting Omnicef and about 3 weeks into taking Lamictal. I still don't understand how a reaction to a drug could still be occuring over a week after taking the drug.
767237 tn?1332643777 Actually I remember changing from lithium to Lamictal is 1998. I was wildly manic and psychotic as well and did some destructive and self destructive stuff I'd rather not post here but it started off seeming like fun. I was on Seroquel then as well as an antipsychotic and had to raise it just to keep myself out of trouble. The problem may very well be the slow titration dose of raising Lamictal but that's FDA required for reasons discused. As regarding Lithium generally 1200 mg.
Avatar n tn My understanding is that the seizure risk is almost entirely within days, or, at most, weeks of quiting the drug, and even then it is rare, and mostly for people that quit cold turkey, or too fast. My main concern (and the reason I am asking in this forum) is that the psychiatrist is puting her on Lamictal, yet no EEG, no blood work, just her telling him she is having seizures. Is this normal procedure?
Avatar n tn I believe that I also have DIL from taking Lamictal for my Bipolar disorder. I was on the Lamictal for over a year and just suddenly woke up with a rash one day. Well I thought it was from my tanning lotion so I went to the DR and got a steroid pack and it went away. Well it came back a couple months later but this time accompanied by major joint pain and with my hair falling out by the hand fulls when I wash it.
535089 tn?1400677119 (Advil, Nuprin, Motrin, Excedrin IB etc) Ketoprofen (Orudis KT) Kidney infection (Kidney disease, diabetes) Liver Disease Naproxen (Aleve) Promethazine (Phenergan, Promethegan) Riboflavin (B2, Hempseed Oil) Amphetamines - Substances or Conditions which can cause false positives Ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, propylephedrine, phenylephrine, or desoxyephedrine (Nyquil, Contact, Sudafed, Allerest, Tavist-D, Dimetapp, etc) Phenegan-D, Robitussin Cold and Flu, Vicks Nyquil Over-the-counter diet aids w
Avatar n tn I was on Dilantin for over 30 years and transitioned to Lamictal 4 months ago however developed rash and had to be dc'd. I have been on small dose of Klonopin and Paxil 37.5 CR for a few years to manage general anxiety and panic disorder.
739988 tn?1386676569 I have been to the neurologist and all of my tests are normal. I have been to the ER three times. Anyway, I was sitting at my computer and glanced over and saw those information sheets the pharmacy gives you so I started reading the side effects portion of them. Well, for the Cymbalta, I saw that they can cause severe and persistent headaches. My question is, has anyone ever experienced this? Also, I've been on Cymbalta for a long while, could the side effect manisfest itself now?
Avatar m tn Having that knowledge early would have saved so much time and bad experiences with everything from Seroquel, Depakote, Abilify, Seraphis, and a near OD on Lithium (thanks to another doctor who wasn't monitoring dosages via standard blood tests). So he's been on Geodon for nearly 18mo along with Lamictal, Inderal, and Neurontin; We saw a great improvement and stability for the first 14 months with the Geodon/Lamictal combination.
1684282 tn?1505701570 The medical industry has to look at itself and evaluate the education of its doctors about the side effects and drug interactions. We also have learned how to listen to our patients, which is not easy with the busy schedules and busy waiting rooms. However, no matter how busy, a doctor cannot practice good medicine if he does not take time to educate him/herself and carefully listen to the patient.
755952 tn?1240099060 I got a horrible rash with Lamictal and had to discontinue it. The p-doc then put me on Lithium and I thought I had hit rock bottom. Lithium is what they put 'really crazy people' on. LITHIUM HAS WORKED WONDERS! After about 6 days I felt better than I have felt in years! Prior to the Lithium I took Geodon, Lamictal, Seroquel, Zoloft, Ativan etc etc. None of them made me feel as even as the Lithium. I would recommend it highly!
Avatar n tn so the pos was just that...and then the egg could have disinigrated and that is why the blood tests are also neg. many woman with bipolar go to have very healthy babies though. my cousin has severe bipolar and has 3 kids. if you want to get PG talk to you doc about your meds and the effects....see which meds are a must and what risks go with it. my cousin did herbal treatments during PG. love....
Avatar n tn After reading my journal, he was better able to understand my condition and we came up with a drug regimine that has been quite successful.
Avatar f tn He did not see me when I had 3 SEVERELY psychotic episodes all within about two years before I finally was put on an antipsychotic Zyprexa 7 to 8 years ago which worked like a charm. However, I am now on Abilify at 45 mg. and Lamictal 100mg. for now. I am curious as to why he seems to be so insistent about the ADD because every other doctor I have ever been to has without a doubt diagnosed me with schizophrenia.
Avatar f tn Sugar cravings can happen, not to all but to significant portion (me too) but if you mange it with fruit and healthy foods you are ok. Lithium is the only drug which is fully effective in both manic and depressive phases and its also cheap and generic.
Avatar n tn 00 am hurting. Now I'm on Lamictal 75 (seems to help some - but I am aching all over day and night (except no headache). Has anyone heard of this side effect in either med? I'm desperate for help. Thanks!
Avatar n tn I have experienced all the different moods with this drug, and the hopelessness of why it has worked one time and not the other. In the past I have tried other anti-depressants and it less but similar results....sometimes weightgain, sometimes weightloss. The one thing I noticed the most about it, is that whatever NEEDS to be happening at the time the MOST, is what we end up concentrating on (while on this drug).
Avatar n tn I am now trying to learn all I can about my situation, scheduling tests, and so forth. But if it's epilepsy that I have, wouldn't I have started having seizures at a much younger age? Thank you very much for any information you can give me on this issue.
Avatar n tn I took the first dose the day of my appointment, and the next day I woke up thankfully without a migrain, but to my suprise without any backpain. I had researched the drug before taking it and didn't see anything about pain, so I went on the internet and finally found some information regarding Topamax being used for neuropathic pain, simularly to Neurontin. Well needless to say I'm thrilled.
Avatar n tn ) My migraines have moved from above my eyes to behind my eyes and Imitrex is no longer working! All pregnancy tests are negative and I know that the booklet says that this can happen, but my goodness! No thank you. I will be switching back to my TriCylcen immediately!
Avatar n tn Tegretol 800mg with Lamictal 200mg. I tolerate the drugs very well with no tangible side-affects. Despite the drug therapy, which is usually very effective, I still enter active epileptic phases where I have sequences of seizures, especially if I am unwell in some other way (as happened recently after a bout of Shingles), and then the depression follows. My questions are: What neuro-chemical activities are taking place to cause this depression?