My Mother has been on lamictal for approx 21/2 mths weaned off of dilantin. Her short term memory... has gotten terrible, from minute to minute she can't follow you. Very disturbing. She is 78 and had been on dilantin and phenobarbital for about 55yrs. Please someone tell me if they have or someone they know have the same symptom. Thanks so much! Her memory was failing a llittle before this med was added, but now it is to the point that I think I need to start staying with her.
blynn27 i to have taken this drug for epilepsy since i was six. I came to this sight to see if there were any nanswers for me as well and very surprised to find that yours was the only one. I have thought myself that it was the medication or the head injury that may have caused or contributed to my short term memory. If you get any information i hope that you would share this with me, my email number is email@example.com. thanks for asking it in the first place.
I too have been experiencing short term memory loss. I am taking 600 mg a day of lamictal for almost a year but I am also taking Dilanton 260 mg day. for the last 30 years. My seizures are under control now but noticed my short term memory has gotten worse. I have difficulty remembering steps and functions when using the register at work and names of customers. I can remember something that happened when I was 3 yrs. old but can't remember a movie I saw a few weeks. Passwords for computers and PIN numbers forget it. I have to right everything down.
It is difficult to tell though whether your mothers age may be a contributing factor.
Hope you get some more input and things get better.
I have petit mal seizure disorder. I have taken phenobarbital since the early '60's. I took Librium, Dilantin and phenobarbital to prevent the petit mal, but in the last 2 years, my petit mal has become to the point where I smack my lips and have no memory of what I had done for about 20 seconds. My doctor has taken me off Dilantin gradually and put me on Lamictal gradually. It has seemed to work, tho I had one petit mal incidence about 2 months ago. No driving for 3 months now. But no episodes either. Has anyone else had experiences such as this? I am 74 years old and can't take any chances now. My memory is fine, btw.
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