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Re: Lamictal - sensation difficulties - extremities rod

Posted by colin wallace on July 1, 2003, at 14:36:51

In reply to Lamictal - sensation difficulties - extremities, posted by rod on June 30, 2003, at 14:58:01

> sorry to intrude, but I have a really bothering problem with Lamictal.
> I am now taking it at 100mg for 3 days,for treatment resistand depression like symptoms, without any other drug. Started quite good and seemed to be very useful for me (less anxiety, less tension, mild and usefull anti-depressive effect), besides the feeling of extreme weakness and clumsiness.
> But now I also experience some sensation difficulties in my arms and legs. Although I am able to feel pain, but when I touch, for example, my arm with the other hand, its like touching the arm of someone else. weired. I am just feeling so little it frightens me. Oddly this varies from time to time within a day. I did no figure out if it is realted to a occasion or food intake, seems to be independent.
> It somehow resembles the symptoms of multiple sclerosis (well, I am not sure, but based on the info I got from the web).
> But Lamictal is supposed to help a little with this neurodegenerative diseases.
> very strange.
> Has anyone else experienced this kind of symptoms/side efects?
> Did they go away with prolonged drug intake or only upon discontinuation?
> ANY inforamtion, advise is very welcome.
> Roland
> PS: I will see my doc (who prescribed it) this Friday, and see a doc tomorrow at hospital to start a Ritalin trial (my doc does not have the special prescriptions papers to prescribe it personally to me; Im not in the US; another story...)


I've been on lamictal for over a year, and have experienced a vaguely similar side-effect.
I feel very poorly coordinated, and often my right leg seems to 'drag' a little, or feel numb and unresponsive, as though it belongs to someone else.Very annoying.
I saw a very good neurologist who assured me that this was just an individual manifestation of an underlying (harmless)coordination/sensation issue, which Lamictal somehow makes more pronounced.
Although this really bugs me, I'd rather put up with it than feel terribly depressed.
I very much doubt that you have anything neurologically 'wrong' with you, and I'm sure that this is a harmless side-effect, like mine.
Check it out with a neuro. if you're worried though.






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