Lamictal use may cause the onset of potentially fatal skin reactions such as DRESS (drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms) syndrome, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN). Individuals under the age of 16 years are at a higher risk for developing serious skin rashes. People who develop a rash after using this medication—especially during the first two to eight weeks of treatment—should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
Lamictal may contribute to the onset of aseptic meningitis—an inflammation of the membranous covering of the brain and spinal cord. People who use this medication may also experience increased thoughts of suicide. Report any mood and behavior changes to your healthcare provider.
Talk to your doctor if you have a history of heart disease, kidney disease, suicidal thoughts, depression, or allergic reactions to other seizure medications. Let your doctor know if you are pregnant as a seizure experienced during pregnancy may be harmful to both the mother and the baby.
Tell your doctor about all the medications, dietary supplements, sleep aids, vitamins, minerals, or herbal products that you are currently taking as these may interact with Lamictal. Birth control pills may decrease the effectiveness of Lamictal, leading to an increase in seizures.