Lamictal (lamotrigine): Label Change – Risk of Aseptic Meningitis

FDA MedWatch Alert ISSUE: FDA notified healthcare professionals and patients that Lamictal (lamotrigine), a medication commonly used for seizures in children two years and older, and bipolar disorder in adults, can cause aseptic meningitis. Symptoms of meningitis may include headache, fever, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, rash, and sensitivity to light. In cases of meningitis, it... Continue Reading →

GABA/Glutamate cycle in withdrawal from psychotropics– SSRIs, benzos, and Lamictal

This is a response to a post a while back written by Rhi Griffith on the GABA/Glutamate cycle as it applies to Lamictal withdrawal and benzodiazepine withdrawal. This article continues with comments in regards to how SSRI withdrawal might be involved. It is written  and submitted Alto Strata who can be found at Surviving update: There is... Continue Reading →

GABA/glutamate system and how it might work with benzodiazepines and Lamictal

This post is mostly written by Rhi Griffith on a benzo board we are both on. It's the discussion between me and her. I'm posting it so that those of you who are so inclined might be able to do more research. It is a small wealth of information already, but certainly it would be nice... Continue Reading →

Lamictal redux

Lamictal withdrawal started my physical demise. THIS PAGE IS A MIRROR OF THE TAB ABOVE -- THE TAB IS MORE LIKELY TO BE CONSISTENTLY UPDATED The Lamictal withdrawal from hell post has long been the most viewed page on this blog. I figured it was time to gather my Lamictal posts in one place. I've... Continue Reading →

Lamictal (lamotrigine) completely ineffective

Can anyone say, "It's generic now." The Last Psychiatrist makes explicit once again what has also been brought up by CLPsych before. Lamictal is a useless and, well, we here on this blog we know it's a dangerous drug in withdrawal too. An excerpt from Last Psychiatrist: In fact, there were already three negative studies... Continue Reading →

Lamictal XR approved—GSK doing dances now that it’s blockbuster that went generic has been revamped

From FiercePharma: GlaxosmithKline's Lamictal XR--an extended release version of its off-patent Lamictal--has been approved as an add-on therapy for patients 13 years and older with partial seizures. In a 19-week study, Lamictal significantly reduced frequency of seizures compared with the placebo. The drug will be available this summer, the company said in a statement. GSK... Continue Reading →

An open letter about debilitating chronic illness (mine caused by psych med detox)

I found this written by a woman name Ricky Buchanan. I've discovered by creeping around the CFS and Fibromyalgia boards online that my day to day lived reality is like theirs. I am agnostic about giving myself such a label but I gain much support and don't feel as alone when I interact with people... Continue Reading →

A most important post for anyone contemplating psychiatric drug withdrawal

In a response to a post the other day about the horrors of Cymbalta, a drug which among many other awful things is also awful to withdraw from, as are all psychotropics potentially, I got this comment. I’m working on a taper off Cymbalta, been on it for a bit more than two years, and... Continue Reading →

“Lamictal (lamotrigine) withdrawal from hell” post continues to get hammered

Update 11/2011 -- the post mentioned continues to get more hits than any other post (ongoing). It's now got 100s of thousand hits. Lamictal is still a mostly unknown horribly difficult drug to withdraw from. This is mostly because people taking it often stay on it or switch to another "mood-stabilizer" or anti-seizure med, meaning... Continue Reading →

The latest dish on the journey beyond meds

So what's happening in my journey lately? I'm finding it harder and harder to share as the issues become subtler and more personal simultaneously. I am trying to find the right person/people to help me on my journey. I already have several key players in place. Some have been in place a long time. My... Continue Reading →

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