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Lamotragine side effects - I want to stop taking this

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soverylucky Mon 02-Jun-14 19:12:36

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Hi, my DD has been taking this drug for a year, after being diagnosed with epilepsy.she doesn't seem to have and side effects, although she says it makes her forgetful--she's always been forgetful--
I know there are different drugs to treat epilepsy, so maybe ask your GP to try a different type? I should think 2 years is long enough for you to know what effects the drug has. The only problem may be what would happen if you changed the drug, eg would your seizures return?

soverylucky Mon 02-Jun-14 19:22:34

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DD, 23 was told that lamotragine is the drug with the least reported side effects, and the safest to take if you are pregnant.
What is the problem with your teeth? If you don't mind me asking

MrsAlexVause Mon 02-Jun-14 19:36:51

I found I couldn't orgasm on Lamotrigine confused. I also lost my appetite. It was awful! I was told Lamotrigine was the drug with the least side-effects. It was probably one of the better ones I had. Maybe speak to your GP? I wasn't on it for epilepsy though, so maybe it's different, being a different illness?

soverylucky Mon 02-Jun-14 20:27:08

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Out of interest, what dose do you take OP?

nobeer Mon 02-Jun-14 21:07:02

I had a horrible allergic reaction to it and shudder when I see the name. I think you're unlikely to have the same reaction as me as I had mine withing 1-2 months of first taking it.

wrt your teeth, you know anti epilepsy drugs prevent the absorbtion of folic acid, so even though you're not planning on getting pregnant, maybe your body still needs some minerals which aren't being absorbed because of the lamotragine. I'd certainly ask the GP for some blood tests.

soverylucky Mon 02-Jun-14 21:25:47

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nobeer Mon 02-Jun-14 21:59:43

sovery I recently read an article on epilepsy somewhere recently (can't remember where, maybe The Guardian) and a man commented that he was taking folic acid, so it's not just women who need it. Definitely tell the GP and insist on some blood tests.

DD takes 200mg too. She was told she would need to take very high dose of folic acid before TTC
I think that makes sense about the mineral deficiency. Worth a blood test I think

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