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I am on Lamictal 150 mg. I just reached this dosage yesterday. For the past two weeks as I have slowly increased dosage, I noticed that my hands, lips, and eyes were swollen. I am also having allergy-like nasal problems. This morning, my eyes were almost swollen shut. Could I be allergic to this drug? All I was warned about by my psychiatrist was a severe rash.
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1100992 tn?1262360816
You should call the doc immediately.
607502 tn?1288251140
Your psychiatrist is not very thorough then.  Lamictal has a lot more side effects than just a rash.

The most commonly reported side-effects are:
· dizziness/unsteadiness
· rash
· headache
· drowsiness
· feeling sick, also called nausea
· vomiting
· feeling weak
· double vision, blurred vision
· tremor (shakiness)
· trouble sleeping
· loss of memory
· confusion
· irritability/aggression
· agitation
increased activity in children
· joint or back pain

Other reported side effects include:
· diarrhoea
· liver problems
· tiredness or feeling sleepy
· movement problems such as tics, unsteadiness and jerkiness
· hallucination

That should be on the information with the drugs as well I would hope.

As WJ74 said.  Call your doc ok - this isnt a normal side effect its an allergic reaction and you could be in trouble.

It pays to always educate yourself on the side effects of any psychiatric drug, most of the above are standard atypical type side effects common with any of the drugs in this class, its saddening to find doctors who dont educate patients.
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