... to 200 mg per day) for past 4 years and I am forgetting certain incidents in the near past and takes some time to remember them... Is it due to Lamictal or to the mild seizures that I get once or twice per month???
Yes, memory decrease is a known side effect of Lamictal.
Nervous System:Frequent: Confusion and paresthesia. Infrequent: Akathisia, apathy, aphasia, central nervous system (CNS) depression, depersonalization, dysarthria, dyskinesia, euphoria, hallucinations, hostility, hyperkinesia, hypertonia, libido decreased, memory decrease, mind racing, movement disorder, myoclonus, panic attack, paranoid reaction, personality disorder, psychosis, sleep disorder, stupor, and suicidal ideation. Rare: Choreoathetosis, delirium, delusions, dysphoria, dystonia, extrapyramidal syndrome, faintness, grand mal convulsions, hemiplegia, hyperalgesia, hyperesthesia, hypokinesia, hypotonia, manic depression reaction, muscle spasm, neuralgia, neurosis, paralysis, and peripheral neuritis.
Sorry for the late delay in my addition.
I have been taking 150 mg a day for the past 6 months, 75mg morning & evening, I have found the memory loss thing quite frightening. I used to remember where I put things, no I can't, I've lost friends who just don't understand my 'odd' behaviour.
I am too scared now to change my medication as I don't want anymore episodes and fear any change could do this.
Also I don't want to 'blot my copy book' on my medical records when it comes to getting my driving licence back in a few months time (I know its 6 months but 'a few' sounds better.
I'm glad its not just me.
Thank you for letting me share my experience.
Lamictal has definitely caused a frightening amount of memory loss for me and my dose is even very low (75mg). Over the years our kids have collected stuffed animals from around the world and at Christmas we put them all on a giant Christmas tree. They love it and it reminds us of close family memories. I have ALWAYS been able to tell the kids the stories behind each one (especially from when they were tiny). This year I couldn't remember more than 2-3 stories!!! I drew a complete blank! It was like sticking a bunch of random animals on a tree... completely meaningless! I wish it didn't cause memory loss because it worked for years but the cost is well outweighing the benefit now. I have started tapered on a new drug and am hoping my memory will return.
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