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Posted by Johnna on October 01, 2000 at 21:55:20:

In Reply to: Re: Lamictal and driving posted by Graham. on January 09, 2000 at 22:19:44:

: : I was wondering if anyone who is on Lamictal has had any problems with driving?
: : I wasn't sure if they would still allow you to drive after being on it...

: Dee,
: Presumably you are taking the Lamictal to stabilise an epileptic condition.

: If this is the case and if you have had any recent seizures it just seems natural that you should not be driving at all.

: The risks are too great and you could harm yourself or indeed harm some else.

: In my case I suffered a seizure whlist driving and rolled my car, clipped a bus stand, snapped off a lamp pole ending up in some one's front garden. Fortuneatly there was no one in the car at the time and no one in the front garden or at the bus stand.

: If the Lamictal is causing toxicity and causing a drunken state which it often does it is probable that your judgment is effected and even if you think that you are OK to drive is likely that you shouldn't be driving. You might think that you are capable but be assured that you are not.

: Please do not drive.

In the state of Maine the law is, regardless of what medication your taking, you have to be seizure
free for 3 months in order to drive. I know for some states it is 6 months. It used to be here. I have
taken many meds in the last 8 years with no luck. I now take a combination of Tegretol and
Lamictal. I have been seizure free for 9 months. I can now drive! I'm now coming off the Tegretol.
Wish me luck! Johnna

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