Posted by martini84 on December 5, 2007, at 0:45:57
In reply to Lamictal SJS rash - READ THIS!!!!!!, posted by BarbaraCat on May 6, 2004, at 3:07:05
wow, that is really terrible.
i had a similar experience.
i was prescribed lamictal and it was fine for the first week. the second week, they upped my dosage and i still felt fine but i started noticing little small itchy bumps on my hands. i didn't think anything of it, but stopped taking the lamictal a couple days later after it started spreading across my hands. within a day i was covered with hives. i went to urgent care and they gave me steroids and sent me home. the next day i went back because it had gotten even worse and the pain was really bad. they sent me home. the next day i went to the hospital, at this point it had progressed into erythema multiforme minor but the doctor basically just sent me home again. by the next morning my throat had started to swell shut and i was covered from head to toe in blisters. my mouth and tongue had swollen so much i could barely swallow, let alone breathe. i went to a different hospital where i was in the ER for a couple hours before i got admitted to the hospital. i spent five days in the hospital drugged up on morphine, unable to eat, and on antibiotics. worst experience of my life. after being sent home, it still took me a couple weeks to be able to really function and over a month for all the scabs to fall off and my lips to basically regenerate! i'm still very sensitive to the sun and will be for the next year.my skin resembles a cheetah! this was 5 months ago already. i'm only 23 and i hate that someting so stupid almost took my life, not to mention made me paranoid to touch just about anything. i recently learned of two other cases of SJS to lamictal. i thought this was supossed to be rare.
the main thing that makes me so angry is that i cant do anything about it. i retained an attorney but they said i had no case because the warning label is enough warning. the only case i would possibly have would be against my psychiatrist which i dont really think is fair.
i just wish i could do something.