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Lamictal and Nausea


  I began taking Lamictal 2x per day last week.  The dose will be increased
  to 4x per day beginning next week.  I am having some nausea and
  unpleasant feelings in my stomach.  I do not throw up but don't have
  much appetite.  Should I call my doctor and tell him or will these
  symptoms go away?  I am allergic to phenobarbitol, had liver problems
  with dilantin and recently had to quit taking tegretol because of
  low white blood count.  I had a grand mal seizure last week. I want
  to give Lamictal a chance before giving up on it.
Dear LME47:
Sorry to hear about the side effects to Lamictal.  Nausea is one of the more common side effects of this medication.  Yes, I would call and tell your neurologist.  Usually, the side effects are reflected by the speed at which the medication is introduced.  Most likely, the nausea will go away as you become accustomed to the dose.  Follow the instructions fully, and it may be that the rate of increasing the dosing might have to be slowed down.  Lamictal is a very good seizure medication.  Best of luck.  Let us know if we can be of further help.
Sincerely,
CCF Neuro[P] MD, RPS




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