Re: Lamictal heartburn and stomach pain?
I know this is an old thread but I would like to weigh in. I have been on Lamictal for years now (and abilify and trazadone). I have severe heartburn and GERD and recently I have had two endoscopies done. Surgery is being discussed to fix my problems. The endoscopy shows severe irritation of the esophagus, stomach and lower intestine. I even have light bleeding from spots in the stomach (I forget what the doctor called them). My GI thinks my meds are causing these problems. I recently looked up all 3 meds I am on and it appears that GI problems are a side effect including irritation of the GI tract and heartburn. Facing surgery, I have decided to go off my meds. I called my pdoc and left a message for him to call me back to discuss how to taper off the meds. But I have already stopped taking the trazadone (which I took for sleep) and believe it or not I am sleeping ok without it. I have lowered my abilify and the lamictal and I am still feeling ok.
I am hoping that coming off these meds all together will help heal my GI tract and digestive problems. I am just hoping I donít fall into any depression or manic episodes. But the worst case scenario is I have to go back on them (donít think that is an option) or I have to start taking something else. I would prefer to be med free (except the xanax I take, I want to continue that). I am a little nervous to discuss with my doc as I am sure he wonít approve but I have to take charge of my body. I know the side effects I am feeling and they are just getting worse.