My daughter has been on daily dose of lamictal 400mg she has suddenly quit taking it about 4-5 days ago, what should i watch for?
I am not a doctor /psyachiatrist and do not pretend to be one at all... I am just a caring individual.
Here is what you should be aware of, please read carefully :
The most commonly reported withdrawal symptoms associated with this drug are; irritability with rage and feelings of hostility so strong that the person fears they have lost of control of their emotions; loss of focus and confusion to the degree that their jobs are at risk and their lives are unmanageable; lethargy and exhaustion, and constant, dibilitating migrane type headaches. "Brain flashes" or feelings of being "zapped" in the brain are another difficult symptom. There have also been many accounts of having vivid nightmares, constant dizziness, anxiety, as well as racing and irrational thoughts, which include thoughts of committing suicide. Feelings of worthlessness and severe depression have also been determined as a Lamictal withdrawal symptom.
Some other physical withdrawal effects are dry eyes and the feeling that the head is "lopsided" and exceedingly heavy.
More rarely, ravenous hunger has been described as well as experiencing frightening hallucinations. The most significant and dangerous symptom is that people have had life threatening seizures when withdrawing from Lamictal.
Others demonstrate loss of short term memory while withdrawing from this drug. People have recounted episodes of getting lost in very familiar places, not knowing where they were or what they were supposed to be doing. Reports of being unable to perform their daily duties at work and home due to a feeling of being unstable on their feet, "drunk" and unable to control their bodily movements and thought processes.
Many people mention that although they have had to withdraw from other drugs, Lamictal appears to cause a harsher withdrawal and they feel that they are "going crazy" and are "standing on the precipice of suicide" because of Lamictal withdrawal symptoms.
Although some people have reported that their doctor did not think it was necessary to taper off the medication, when stopped abruptly, serious withdrawal effects occur. It is imperative that a person never stop taking Lamictal abruptly mainly because of the possibility of having a life threatening seizure. It is strongly recommended that the person taper off the drug very slowly over many months or even years. Each step down will likely cause sleeplessness, more irritability, crawling skin, jumpy leg muscles and all other above-mentioned withdrawal symptoms until the body becomes accustomed to the new dose. Also, interesting to note is that the final, small doses are the hardest to stop because of feelings of nausea and physical discomfort when there is absolutely no Lamictal in the system. People have remained on very low doses for many months because of these symptoms. It is important that a person be in therapy or connected with a doctor that is familiar with this drug in order to decrease the discomfort of withdrawing from Lamictal.
If you are trying to discontinue Lamictal make sure you are connected with a knowledgeable physician or therapist and taper off of the drug very slowly. Be aware of the various withdrawal symptoms so that if they occur, you can take steps immediately to reverse those symptoms. It is also imperative that you try to get some physical exercise, eat nutritiously, and get as much rest as possible while going through the withdrawal process. This will help make your experience as controlled and as comfortable as possible.
Contact you doctor/psyachiatrist. Although she has been on this med for a brief period of time, she was on a high dose.
- Lamictal Information for Consumers
- Lamictal Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lamictal (detailed)
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