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Re: Lamictal Skin Rash

Posted by KayeBaby on July 8, 2005, at 11:41:49

In reply to Lamictal Skin Rash, posted by Miriamne on July 8, 2005, at 10:59:00

> I'm a recently returned member of this site with a question about a Lamictal side effect.
> I've been taking 200 mg of Lamictal/day for several years, with good results. My dr has always emphasised that I need to be concerned if I get a skin rash. Just recently I went up to 250mg/day, and my skin seems to be reacting to any slight irritation. I have a welt on each forearm-- they seem to be getting larger, itchier and ickier by the day. When I put band-aids over them, the skin under the sticky part of the band-aid turned red and itchy, too.
> I use an estrogen patch, and that skin area turned bright red and hot to the touch. So now I don't know which is worse, to continue to irritate my skin, or remove my source of estrogen (not a pleasant thought.)
> I have calls in to my shrink and my gyno, but I would love to hear from anyone, medical or otherwise, who has experience and knowledge of the skin problems associated with Lamictal. I understand that the rash can be extremely serious and I don't want to take the risk of this getting worse.
> Many thanks for any help!
> Miriamne

Stop taking the Lamictal immediately and go to see a dermatologist today.

I had the SJS rash but caught it early and what you describe sounds like it.

I don't want to be alarmist but this is serious!
Take care of yourself.




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