A few hours after I take Lamictal (200 mg) I start to itch all over. Nothing over the top and no hives. I will take a Benedryl and apply an anti-itch spray and eventually it stops. It does not interrupt my sleep and then disappears all day until I take the medication again and the same thing happens. Lamictal has been great other than this side effect. I no longer have insomnia, I feel stable and in the normal range of "good", I have been very happy on this medication and would hate to have to stop it to find another type of medication. The trade off of having this slight discomfort is worth the benefits I get from this drug. What should I do?
Since the med has proved good to you the itching compared to what has the med been able to do for you is perhaps a minor side effect which you yourself have mentioned that after Benedryl & an anti-itch spray it stops.
Would recommend to speak to the doc/pharmacist who prescribed the med, he/she might be able to give you an remedy for itching. Since you already admit that the slight discomfort is worth the benefits, also recommend to try & stay away for sun shine as much as possible, perhaps the itching could be aggravated when in sunshine. It has a common side effect which is sensitivity to sun.
I am so happy this question was posted because I also am having the same minor itching. I called my dr. to ask him if I should be concerned about it. I don't have a rash just a few tiny red bumps that appear and disappear and don't seem to be in clusters. He told me to wait a couple of days and see if it gets worse. Since I am feeling so much better, energy wise even though my insomnia persists, we decided it was probably nothing to worry about... yet. So hopefully the itching will subside as I become used to taking this medication.
My doctor only increases my dose by 25 mg at a time and has me take the extra 25 mg for 2 weeks and then if needed he ups my dose another 25 mg. He said it isn't safe to increase it in greater increments than that due to the possibility of the dangerous life-threatening rash (a rare possibility). He said it is important to be on the higher dose for 2 weeks before increasing the dose by another 25 mg. I know you said you don't get a full-blown rash - just a few small bumps. A few times I have accidentally taken my Lamictal twice (a few minutes apart) and then I get a lot of itching which is partly relieved by taking a second Zyrtec. (I'm on a lot of meds so once in awhile if I'm overly tired).
- Lamictal Information for Consumers
- Lamictal Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lamictal (detailed)
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