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Old 01-14-2010, 03:35 PM   #1
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Lamictal XR (Lamotrigine) for Migraines

I went to my headache specialist today. Told him my New Years' resolution was to get a grasp on these headaches. So I was prescribed a new medication that he said doctors are beginning to use for headaches...Lamictal XR. A drug originally made by GSK. I was given a sample pack that will begin me out at 25mg/day for weeks 1/2; 50mg/day for weeks 3/4; and 100mg/day for week 5. Eventually, down the road I will get to come off the Topamax (yes!!).

So is anyone else on Lamictal? Success? Failure? Side effects? Particularly the rash effect? Weight gain? loss?

Fill me in.

 
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Old 01-23-2010, 07:37 PM   #2
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Re: Lamictal XR (Lamotrigine) for Migraines

When I was on Lamictal I broke out into a rash.. a severe which is the medications severe allergic reaction.. so yeh didnt like the drug either.. hope I could be somewhat of a help to you!!

 
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Old 01-25-2010, 08:42 PM   #3
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Re: Lamictal XR (Lamotrigine) for Migraines

Hi,
I've been on Lamictal for a few years now. It almost completely wiped out my migraines - and is also a decent anti-depressant and mood stabilizer.

Recently, my migraines have been coming back, though not as severe as they were. I think maybe the Lamictal has stopped working. Going to consult my dr. this week.

Anyway, it has worked like a charm for me. Side effects - some agitation, anxiety, some itching. Few people get the rash, and if you do, drop it right away. For me, no bad side effects to speak of, and I can't take most medications because of side-effect sensitivity.

 
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Re: Lamictal XR (Lamotrigine) for Migraines

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I went to my headache specialist today. Told him my New Years' resolution was to get a grasp on these headaches. So I was prescribed a new medication that he said doctors are beginning to use for headaches...Lamictal XR. A drug originally made by GSK. I was given a sample pack that will begin me out at 25mg/day for weeks 1/2; 50mg/day for weeks 3/4; and 100mg/day for week 5. Eventually, down the road I will get to come off the Topamax (yes!!).

So is anyone else on Lamictal? Success? Failure? Side effects? Particularly the rash effect? Weight gain? loss?

Fill me in.
I started Lamictal XR in June. I used the schedule of increasing the dosage as told my neurologist. As soon as I made it up to 50 mg, I started itching - no rash - just itching. I stopped, with my neurologist's apporval. I started it again in August, the same thing happened. In September, my neurologist put me on it again with no intention to increase the dosage. I took 25 mg for 2 months, once a day. It controlled my migraines well, until the last part of October. I went back to my neurologist the first of November, and he doubled my dosage. I now take 25 mg in the am, and 25 mg in the pm. I no longer itch and it's working! I haven't had a migraine for a week, and that's record for me! I've tried most of the migraine preventatives, as I have gotten migraines for YEARS!! I have lost 12 pounds since being on Lamictal XR. I love it!

 
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