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What is Lamictal?

Lamictal is the brand name for a drug called as Lamotrigine which is used as an anticonvulsant. It can be used for both children and adults, it may be used on its own or in combination with other anticonvulsant drugs.

The primary reason for using Lamictal is to prevent patients from having epileptic seizures but it may be used in some patients suffering from manic depression as well.

It is important to give a complete and accurate medical history to your doctor during the time Lamictal is being considered as a possible drug to be used. People that are suffering from serious kidney or liver diseases, have had issues with depression/suicide attempts in the past, or have suffered from allergic reactions to anticonvulsant medication are not put on Lamictal.

If you are pregnant or got pregnant while you were on Lamictal then you need to let your doctor know. The doctor may choose to change your anticonvulsant medication or to continue it during pregnancy depending on various factors.

It is also absolutely essential that the exact prescribed dose of Lamictal be followed because taking an excess can cause some serious side effects. Your doctor will likely conduct some blood tests after you have been put on Lamictal to ensure that the correct dose amount has been arrived at.

Side effects of Lamictal

There are certain known side-effects of taking Lamictal which the patients should be aware of. These include the appearance of a skin rash, fever, swelling, peeling skin, and a burning sensation in the eyes. Patients may also notice that they are having frequent mood changes, may feel agitated, depressed, aggressive, and may even have suicidal thoughts.

Some more common side effects that are seen with Lamictal use include drowsiness, back pain, difficulty in sleeping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, difficulty in carrying out coordinated motor activity, blurred vision, and headaches.

Marijuana effects of Lamictal

Lamictal, like several other anticonvulsant drugs, works by regulation the central nervous system of the body. Using Lamictal with marijuana is not recommended since doing so could actually increase some of the CNS depressant side effects like causing drowsiness, making it difficult to concentrate, dizziness, and causing confusion in general.

The effect of taking Lamictal along with marijuana use could also lead to an impairment of motor function. Even without the use of marijuana, patients starting Lamictal are advised to avoid using heavy machinery, driving, or undertaking other tasks which require fine motor coordination because the drug may cause some alteration in their mental alertness and put them as well as others at risk.

There is a lot of misinformation about marijuana use and its effects on other drugs primarily because there has not been enough study conducted in the field. Now that more and more countries around the world are treading the path of making marijuana legal, the avenues to study the effects of marijuana in combination with other drugs will increase exponentially.

Up until then though, it is recommended that patients tread the path of caution and avoid mixing marijuana use with Lamictal.   

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