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What happens with abrupt stop of Lamictal (Lamotrigine)?

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Inactive 21 Jan 2013

Hello Blackey101,

Do not stop taking Lamictal / lamotrigine without first talking to your doctor, even if you feel fine. You may have increased seizures if you stop using lamotrigine suddenly. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.

Read more at https://www.drugs.com/mtm/lamotrigine.html

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pickles503 22 Jan 2013

Hi Blackey.

I'm going to give you a very looooong version of the info I found. Sorry this is so long, but in this case I had to.

Lamotrigine is a medication that works in the brain to treat bipolar disorder. It is also approved for the treatment of seizure disorders. Bipolar disorder involves episodes of depression and/or mania.

A depressive episode, or depression, occurs when a person experiences several of the following symptoms at the same time: “low” or depressed mood (e.g., sad, empty, tearful), decreased interest in most or all activities, changes in appetite (usually decreased), changes in sleep (usually poor sleep), loss of energy, feeling worthless/guilty/ hopeless/ helpless, difficulty concentrating, thoughts of death (suicidal thinking).

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A manic episode, or mania, is when a person experiences several of the following symptoms at the same time: “high” or irritable mood, very high self esteem, decreased need for sleep, pressure to keep talking, racing thoughts, being easily distracted, and frequently involved in activities with a large risk for bad consequences (for example, excessive buying sprees).

Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder (mental illness) that exposes people to these mood changes over the course of time. Bipolar disorder affects more than two million Americans each year, but individuals with this disorder can lead fulfilling lives when they receive proper treatment. Unfortunately, many people with this illness do not receive treatment.

What is the most important information I should know about lamotrigine?
Do not stop taking lamotrigine or change your dose without first talking to your healthcare provider.

Lamotrigine is used for long-term treatment of bipolar disorder.

Do not stop taking lamotrigine even when you feel better. Only your healthcare provider can determine the length of lamotrigine treatment that is right for you.

Missing doses of lamotrigine may increase your risk for a relapse in your mood symptoms.

In order for lamotrigine to work properly, it should be taken every day as ordered by your healthcare provider.

Lamotrigine is rarely associated with serious skin rashes. If you experience a new rash while taking lamotrigine, call your doctor immediately.

I take Lamotrigine and it works wonders. Another med I take that REALLY helps me sleep is Gabapentin.

I pray this helps. Ya just never know. Our friends will give you answers that are more knowledgeable. We just do what we can, huh?

God bless you and I pray you get some sleep.

Love,

Anna

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onceateacher 22 Jan 2013

Your answer covers it all. I have been taking it for 2 years or so at 400mg for Bipolar. Decreased it on my own from 400 to 250 (HUGE mistake, was in middle of slight manic phase and conversion disorder). We are back at 300 and I'm going to ask psych to increase again. It is very dangerous to stop or decrease without doc input. It only stays in system for 24 hours so before it begins to wear off over the course of the day. Looking to going back to 200 twice a day, 300 at night is not working with mood stabilization during the evening. We had added Respiradal .5mg which was great at first but after 2 weeks caused a huge amount of anxiety. Went off it. Will not go off or decrease Lamictal again, mainstay of medication regime.

pickles503 22 Jan 2013

Hi once.
It's great that you recognized the side effects of withdrawing from Lamictal. Some people refuse to respect their body enough to believe it. I stopped taking lamotrigine when I went into mania, and I had hallucinations, and other symptoms that you already know about. I take 400 mg per day. I usually take it all at once. Lamotrogines makes me nauseous
so I eat it in between food. Like, a sandwich divided in 4, and 100 mg of Lamictal after each quarter of a sandwich. You probably already know that, but I thought I'd just throw it out there. I want to take it in late morning or afternoon, however, that's not always the case. I get lazy or I'm busy, or whatever. I feel the difference when I don't take it till night time. I don't have the energy, and I think it affects my mood(or I'm a b--- h.) It's a toss up. I also noticed that when Lamotrgine kicks in, I have 3-4 hrs of great energy. I could kick an entire football teams butt.
God bless you, Sweetheart.
Love,
Anna

KLuce 8 Feb 2013

I'm with Anna. Prayer is the most powerful prescription. I would like to add to that if you don't mind. My Nanny used to remind me to not ask God for anything, just let him work his magic on you. You don't have to be in a special place, or kneel at the side of your bed at night. I "talk" to him in my mind all the time, and my only prayer is that he give me the strength to accept his decision for my life. He is so magnanimous and too complex for our tiny brains to understand why he allows bad things to happen, especially since we have always been taught that he is a loving God. I try to remind myself that God would never expose me to experiences he thinks I cannot handle, so with all the never ending struggles I have been through in my life, I take it as a great compliment from something so huge I can't grasp or fathoms his ways. That is why it has to be faith.

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SLEEP is also a great healer, and when you are really tired that is your body telling you that it needs attention. One last comment, be very careful with Lamictal... I came home very tired from work one night, and I was having a complex partial seizure. To make a long story short, I took too many of my Lamictal pills, I still don't know how many. I woke up at 3am crazy sick, and I ran door to door in my apt. building yelling for someone to call 911. I woke up in the ICU two days later. Please talk to you doc. before you make any changes with Lamital so he can titration your prescribed dose. Remember that there is only one you, so see yourself as that one of a kind that no one can replace... Anna, good for you. You sound like a very kind and loving person. Kira

pickles503 9 Feb 2013

Kira, thank you so much for the compliments. I'm learning to appreciate and value your answers. Their always helpful. We care about you, my dear. Love, your friend, Anna

Hi Blackey. How are you feeling today?

I agree with Kira, never, never take too many Klonopin. I did. I fell between tables and chairs, living room furniture, and I fell backwards into the bath tub and the shower bar fell on my head with my body laying in the tub. My son got out of bed and sat me on his couch and said "Don't go anywhere. Stay right here." I thought he was right and I still do, but I had to use the bathroom and I was suppose to stay on the couch. I held it as long as I could and started crawling to the bathroom and I peed my pants. Too much information? I had to tell you cuz I wanted to give you some kinda idea how we can overdose on Lamictal.

Can you tell me a little bit more about whats going on?

Your friend,

Love, Anna

pickles503 9 Feb 2013

Hi Blackey. I'm baaaaaak! Here's a little info I found. Isn't this fun?

If on a higher dose eg 200mg or more. There is an increased risk of seizure. My patient who feel it is helping report that they feel acutely anxious and depressed if they miss a dose. If it isn't helping you might not notice. I would only stop suddenly if there is an allergic rn. There is no need to suddenly stop. Talk with your prescriber

Ok, blah blah blah. It's interesting to me. I know, who cares what I think?

Enjoy.

Your friend,

Anna

KLuce 10 Feb 2013

Hi Anna, I could write a very long comment based on your "very loooooong" response to Blacky... ( I take Lamictal (200mg 3xday) "cocktailed" with two other Meds, also considered high mg for a day, but I take them for epilepsy). However, all I am going to tell you is... Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! The few people who know that i am debilitated without them have told me that if they took my daily Rx regiment, they would be "comatosed" (of course, they are using that word between friends with a light humor), they do not have to take anything except an occasional Tylenol. I spend hours researching after all my clinic visits and as many times as they have had to tweak my Meds around to help me feel good. You saved me even more hours wasted trying to figure out why I still feel bad... If that makes any sense at all. Anyway, Thank you soooooo much! Kira

Blackey101 10 Feb 2013

Thank you for your comments Anna and the rest. They have been helpful. I had no choice when it came to suddenly stopping Lamictal and about 6 other meds. The doctor I was seeing was not only treating me for addiction but she thought she could treat the mental health as well. She apparently (I later found out) that she cut off my services suddenly because someone from her office thought they seen me riding my mountain bike (only transportation) in an intoxicated manner. However, never investigated to even see if this was so. Today I am well and on far less meds. It did take a hospital stay to withdraw from the meds and to level out with less meds. Again thank you for the posts.

Arrie 16 Feb 2014

Hey Anna

How are you, i have just registered today i was just reading your comments do you take your Lamtrogine in the moring aswell.

Arrie

pickles503 23 Feb 2014

Hi there Arnie.
I take 400 mg of Lamictal, one four times per day. I set my phone alarm lately, and I've found that I continuously take my meds at 8:30, 12:30, 4:30 and 8:30. It's been a life saver for me. Be sure to eat something before you take the med.
I pray you have faith, hope and joy,
Anna

Set Free Soldiers 15 Jul 2014

I'm on 100 mg of Lamotrigine. I'm getting real dizzy, excessive tiredness, and I seem to be getting more depressed. I was diagnosed with Bipolar 2 disorder. Do yall have any suggestions for me? Thanks

Leesamaree14 7 Feb 2016

I was given lamotrigine 200mg as an added med for pain. I have severe anxiety due to the pain I suffer from my TMJ. I had no idea how much the lamotrigine was working until I decided to stop it. The racing of my heart, or tachycardia has been so bad that it is hard to breath. I am on my 7th week without the medicine and it is no better. I know I had a seizure because I felt I was floating out of my body. I thought it was a heart attack. I wasn't even in my own state when I went off the medicine and couldn't get to my Dr. I was all alone in going thru this withdrawal. Please, I recommend that no one ever do this. I thought I would be fine. I was so horrible that I went back on the drug just because I couldn't take the withdrawal anymore. If you want to stop this med, I recommend replacing it with another and having Xanax to help with the symptoms. I haven't even been able to get that.

Stevomaclab 23 Dec 2016

I have been epileptic for nearly 30 years I started taking lamotrigine on top of my eplim which controlled seizures perfectly after a bad spell I recently forgot to order lamotrigine and went 4 days without thinking all would be fine how wrong was I almost everything u list hits a nerve within me anyone reading this please take note do not stop taking lamotrigine.

flowerflower 5 Nov 2018

I JUST tried to decrease from 150 a night to 75 a night. In just two days, I'm already talking like I make no sense. Words are coming out all backwards. Very anxious. And the racing thoughts are driving me up the wall. I hate being bi polar. Taking my regular 150 tonight!!!

rhercules1961 7 Apr 2015

I recently ran out. I'm unemployed and get tired of asking my family for help. My brother is worth more than a million but keeps a ledger of how much I owe him and reminds me frequently.

I got it today but was off it for a week. Don't ever do that!! I'm having spasms, phantom smells, fatigue and disturbing dreams.

I have no desire to do anything. It is a wonderful med but only if you follow the prescribed dosage.

Hope this helps:)

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Ashsmith 23 Jun 2015

Hi..I recently stopped taking 100mg of lamictal, today is my 5th day. I had called my pharmacy and spoke with the pharmacist, he suggested taking half the dosage and skipping days in between. However I just stopped..and the only issue I'm really having is zero appetite and upset stomach, and I couldn't sleep last night. However I'm remaining positive that I'll feel better in a few days. How did you feel when you started taking it again? Did you slowly introduce it back into your system?

monogato 22 Aug 2015

I do not use my rx benefits for Lamical. Genetic for 150 mg once a day for 30 days is $9.00 usd.

gmf1313 20 Nov 2016

Out of curiosity, as a human nature and relationship thing, when your brother reminds you how much you owe him, what is his point? Does he expect you to pay him back? Does he simply want you to be fully aware as purely a matter of responsibility? Does he want to rub your nose in the fact of his immense "generosity" for his own smugness / ego gratification? Is he trying to make you feel guilty, or create a sense of obligation? Is he trying to deter you from asking for more? Does he use it as a means to denigrate you? In other words, is he doing it in a fair and reasonable manner or is he playing mind games on you? Is this part of the emotional baggage from your family upbringing and sibling relationship? I have never borrowed from people in my life except for once from my father, I live more or less in the poverty line, yet I have loaned money with the various and usual problems.

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But bear in mind, that we bipolar people have trouble with our interpretations of the external world and the people in it, especially our friends and relations, so neither you nor he may be seeing this for what it is.

want2boffmedz 17 May 2016

I stopped taking Lamotrigine for a week now and I am having spasms, loss of appetite because my food smells weird. I am so tired of taking so many pills. I have seizures so I also take Gabepetin and Topamax. I have another illness that requires me to take an additional 2 pill in the morning and 1 at night. My docs also had me on Citolapram. I quit taking that too, last week. My muscles hurt, maybe from spasms at night, I also am a little confused about things. It is about dates and stuff like that. I am 50 years old. But you know what, I can conquer this! I didn't have to take all of this medicine before, it is too much! I want my body and brain back!! I'll let you all know what happens. I haven't told my doctors yet what I am doing. I am keeping a journal. I am also eating heathier to see if this helps. Thank you for your time.

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Kshirey55 28 Jan 2017

I to quite taking the med I am having so much joint pain and every muscle in my body draws up like Charlie horse 50 times more intense. I have not told my doctor either I stopped another med as well and by doing so my doctor took me off a third med. I have yet to tell him.. I don't know if it's because of stopping it or not sick of taking pills

Efloyd7 9 Apr 2018

May I ask why you stopped taking it? Let me guess... you feel fine you don’t need that medicine anymore? OR your tired of having to take it everyday?? Well I’m here to tell you what the more you accept the facts the better you will be. Plus you can’t just stop a medication you have to wing down because it could make you loose your mind literally. Hang in there!

Dexter1 23 Jun 2018

It’s difficult to take you seriously when you tell people to “wing “ it down.

MsWalker 9 Jan 2019

After decreasing my sons dosage only 25 mg, he was frantic, having nightmares and started cutting. I would definitely never stop or even taper off this drug without a doctor advising and helping you through. it. I hope it works for you, but having nearly lost my son just last week, I'd beware.

Anon1977 2 Aug 2016

I take 200 mg twice daily for seizures. One of the side effects of Lamotrigine is short term memory loss which happens all to often with me. In fact it happens so often that I occasionally forget to renew or refill my prescription before it runs out. I know I could do the auto-replenish system but I've had bad experiences with pharmacies screwing that up in the past plus I'm very OCD and like to micromanage everything. Anyway, I forgot to place a renewal last week and was forced to be without my medication for 3 entire days while the details were being worked out. That may not sound like much but in the case of Lamotrigine it's an eternity. I've lapsed before and the most common side effect has been disorientation and confusion. This time however it was that and worse. I've experienced minor spells of depression in the past but never like what happened this past weekend while off my meds.

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When I had to repeatedly call the pharmacy and doctor's office to get the renewal straightened out I could barely formulate full sentences and my mood was so depressed I could barely express my immediate need for the drug. My pharmacist is in a grocery store and when I went to pick up the drug I felt like I was floating to the counter and speaking gibberish which was kind of embarrassing when around so many people. It's a good thing the pharmacist knows me and understands what I'm going through so I barely had to talk much at all. He just knew what to do. So all in all, do everything in your power to keep this drug in your system as it can do some real harm. I'm 38 and have been on this drug for the last 8+ years and as I get older I've noticed these side effects getting worse but the benefits of the drug outweigh the side effects as I haven't had a noticeable seizure in years. I say "noticeable" because mine are primarily nocturnal incidents which can leave pretty severe bodily injuries that effect me for many days afterwards.

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HendrixChick 3 Apr 2017

Hello! Hopefully this will get to you. I've just started Lamotrigine for tonic clonic seizures - I've only had 2 in the past 3 years, but they are starting me on Lamotrigine. I'm 5 weeks in, going up slowly - I'm at 50mg every other day now and will be taking 100mg/day in a few weeks. I constantly feel like I'm floating and can't get words out. Did you have any side effects when you started and if so, did they subside? I can't go on like this. 24/7 dizziness, floating and anxiety.

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lizzz1951 10 Oct 2018

I have been taking 25mg twice daily I haven't felt good and face swelled and got rash. So I been off since Sunday. I have headache, muscle cramps and twitches.. I can't eat, have lost 5 pounds, that's the only good part. How long will this last?

shellybeans 3 Aug 2016

Please get weaned off. LAMICITAL primarily treats seizures, not just metal health help they later learned, so to stop abruptly you increase a risk of having seizures, spasms, uncontollable tics... check out all the info to your question right here on drugs.com, ought to be enough info/proof. . Please don't cold stop it!

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Ashsmith 20 Nov 2016

I wasn't on this medication for seizures, and I felt like crap for a couple weeks but once I started the probiotic I felt fine and have been off all meds for 2 years now. And I recommend probiotic to everyone!!! Your doctor can slowly take you off the same way they slowly put you on it

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Ashestonix 10 Dec 2016

A couple of days ago I had a partial seizure and had to go to the hospital. I'm taking it for bipolar and I forgot to take it for 4 days. It is very very important to make sure not to stop taking this medication. I had at least 7 seizure that day.

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Ashsmith 10 Dec 2016

That it's awful. So sorry. I actually came off it quite easy and was taking it for bipolar as well. I was only on it for a few months. I am not a Dr and everyone is different. For me it was easy, just had to stick out the no appetite and not being able to sleep. That didn't last to long. Best of luck!

Ashestonix 10 Dec 2016

Oh that's good. I've been on it for about 9 years

Inactive 5 Feb 2017

Im not taking this for seizures or bipolar. I honestly question my doc putting me on this at all. Since she did though, i did get a rash that she hasnt been able to tell me was casued by. Ive been concerned about it the rash just keeps getting worse. So im stopping this now. Are you saying you werent on it for seizures but since stopping, had one??

bonafide_tiff 7 Mar 2017

TonyM
Lamictal may cause a severe or life-threatening skin rash, especially in children and in people who take too high a dose at the start of treatment. Serious skin rash may also be more likely to occur if you are taking lamotrigine together with valproic acid (Depakene) or divalproex (Depakote)

ElizabethN 17 Feb 2017

I had a single seizure over 15 years ago and was prescribed Lamotrigine - 100 mg twice a day. I took it regularly until recently. I suggested to my doctor that I stop taking it and she said that would be okay and there was no need to stop gradually, because it was a low dose. I stopped 6 weeks ago. I am not aware of any difference to how I feel that could be put down to stopping it. I am relieved I've had no bad effects and disappointed I haven't had any of the positive effects I've read about.

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ElizabethN 20 Feb 2017

But now, I think I have a side effect. I am finding I have less get-up-and-go than usual and am finding it difficult to get things done efficiently. I have been getting so sleepy early in the evening, that I have given up trying to stay awake and have gone to bed early. Recently, I have slept for nearly nine hours some nights, which is much more than usual for me. I looked it up and found it may be a symptom of giving up Lamotrigine. It seems odd that it did not become obvious for about six weeks, but I travelled abroad during that time and had to cope with time changes and jet lag, so maybe that hid the symptoms. I hope I will get back to a seven hour night and feeling energetic again, as I am frustrated at getting less done than usual.

ElizabethN 20 Feb 2017

I would be interested to hear whether or not other readers have had these symptoms or think they are genuinely a symptom of giving up Lamotrigine. If they are, I hope they will go. If they are not, perhaps I should be worried about what is causing them.

ElizabethN 11 May 2017

To follow up on my comments in January and February, over three months after stopping Lamotrigine and over 15 years since my only seizure, I had another full blown seizure in April, including ambulance to hospital. So now I'm taking it again, probably forever, as I have never had any side effects that I am aware of. If it prevents seizures with no side effects, it's worth if for me.

Gaz2217 2 Oct 2017

My wife had her first seizure aged 31 roughly 5 months ago. She has nocturnal seizures which the Dr says are a type of provoked epilepsy. She was given Keppra which worked and stopped the seizures. She had 3 tonic clonic ones over a 2 week period then only a few slight jerks a couple of times. After 4 weeks of Keppra she felt horrible, lack of anything, agitated and moods all over the place. She was then given lanictal starting at 25 twice a day then eventually up to double that. She hates any medication and stayed on 25 twice a day. She'd gone 4 months without a seizure but had started feeling very low again. I'd noticed her change over a 2 week period, her moods all over the place again and extremely snappy. I came home one night and she went to bed in tears for no reason. The next day I reluctantly backed her to go down to just one 25mg tablet a day. Within days she felt back to normal but had decided to come off them fully.

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I asked her to wait till after I'd returned from working away though due to the risk of her having a seizure. During the 3 previous ones she'd walked round the house with zero awareness and we have 3 young children. I returned home last Friday to find out she'd fully stopped taking her meds on the Tuesday. She's been fine all day then I woke up to her another seizure at 1.45 this morning. I had to call an ambulance as it lasted twenty minutes and was confused for an hour. She will be now going the Doctors again tomorrow for more lanictal. I'd thought due to her only being on 25mg daily that she'd have a good chance of being OK coming off them.

ElizabethN 2 Oct 2017

To follow up: Having given up Lamotrigine at the beginning of January with no effects for three months, I had a big seizure at the end of March. My son was with me. He called an ambulance and I was taken to hospital, but kept in for only a few hours. I went home and started the Lamotrigine again, just 100 mg twice a day as before. As I have had no symptoms that I am aware of - good or bad - I shall just keep taking it now. It is easy to take and if it prevents another seizure it is worth it. It costs me nothing, because I live in England and treatments for epilepsy are free.

For your interest, in England there are charges for some prescriptions for some medicines for some groups that are not exempt, but the maximum charge is £8.40 ($11.20) for a prescription from a doctor. In other parts of the UK, there are no charges at all for any prescribed medicines. About £1000 (($1333) of my taxes goes to the National Health Service. I don't know what the situation is in the USA with Obamacare.

ElizabethN 2 Oct 2017

By the way, I didn't have any more of the symptoms I mentioned in another message. Now I think the wave of tiredness was simply due to jet lag from a journey a week earlier!

ElizabethN 2 Oct 2017

I forgot about one of my previous messages. It was the beginning of April, not the end of March, that I had my second seizure and I had already written about it.

Truey777 24 Jan 2018

I’m currently going through this now. So glad you posted this.

sunset13 2 Mar 2017

I take 300mg a day and was told by GNC that if I took 5-htp that would help and I could possibly get off Lamictal which would be great as I have no energy and 5-HTP is all natural and you can purchase at Walmart I just choose GNC as I wanted to look at all my options and they are trained in natural medicine.

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tarrynh 3 Mar 2017

Hi all. Ive been on Lamotrigine for 4 years in combination with Toplep and Abilify. I have as of 3 weeks started tapering off the lamotrigine. I have had rather awful experiences such as severe panic attacks, insomnia, paranoia and depression. I also had racing thoughts, extreme fear and outbursts of anger. I am a lot better now and feeling more clear minded than I ever felt. It takes about 2 weeks to clear out of your system and I am on a very small dose now of 50mg.

The first few days were absolute hell and I thought I was never going to get through it. I do not advise anyone does this alone.

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deedeelee 11 May 2017

I was on 300mg lamotrigine for 4y rs for BP, but recently added 20 mg Prozac and felt SO darn amazing that I insisted Dr. decrease Lamotrigine to 200mg/day. Its been 2 weeks now and I def. see a difference in mood. I am kind of melancholy and not as optimistic as I was a couple of weeks ago. Hate the idea of upping lamotrigine again, but hate the idea of living like this.

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Nicolehope 20 Oct 2017

I been diagnosed with bipolar disorder as well as adhd. I’m currently taking 200 mg of lamictal twice daily I’ve been seeing a counselor for a year this month she’s saying I don’t have bipolar disorder can I just stop the lamictal

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Gaz2217 20 Oct 2017

My wife suddenly stopped and she has epilepsy. A couple of days later she was in hospital after her worst night of seizures so far. She is now on three times the dose she was originally on.

Link12u 20 Sep 2018

No!!! Do not take the chance!!! Thought I was having a serious stroke. After 4 days back on all symptoms cleared. Very dangerous!!!

Mellowyellow1234 5 Dec 2017

I've recently moved country and have run out of Lamotrogine (usually take 125mg 2x daily for tonic clonic seizures and have been for 6 years ). I can't get any more here as I'm not yet registered with doctors so have to wait until next week when my friend is visiting from home and bringing my prescription with her. I'm on my 4th day of no medication and it has been horrible. I have felt consistently dizzy and lightheaded, the most indescribable amount of confusion- I question absolutely everything I am doing as I am doing it and forget why I'm doing things halfway through doing them. The feeling that I'm going to have a fit has increased so much in the last 2 days that I couldn't work, leave the house, or even bed. On top of all of this it has given me extreme anxiety. DO NOT STOP TAKING THIS SUDDENLY, I wouldn't wish this on anyone!

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Link12u 20 Sep 2018

I recently ran out of lamotrigine for 4 days. I take it for mood and depression due to bipolar disorder. What a total nightmare! I take 300 mg. at night. I was convinced that I had a stroke. Disoriented, numbness, loss of motor control increased tremors and hallucination and increased sensory stimulation to sounds and light
Have back issues so at first believed it had deteriorated. I am knocking on the door of paralysis therefore some of these symptoms made sense. Upon first dose on refill all symptoms completely were gone next morning. What a frightening experience.Never again!!!

Stella2010 9 Dec 2017

I was on Lamictal, 150 mg daily for about 15 years, prescribed for bipolar. Started weaning off 4 weeks ago, down 1/4 tablet for one week, then half tablet, where I am now. The second two weeks were Hell. I was sick with headache, fever, gut problems. Now better but still have rash and gut issues. Will stick with half tab till symptom free then move on to1/4 tab. Yuk. Would never get on this stuff again.
Blackey101 DO NOT stop Lamictal Abruptly !! It must be weaned off slowly. :)

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