My daughter takes lamictal for seizures shortly after beginning the lamictal she developed a tight cough.This began over a year ago. People are often commenting about it asking her if she needs water or if she is sick. She has seen a pediatric pulmonologist who recognized that she is having difficulty breathing but is unsure of the cause. Nebulizer treatments and oral inhalers are not helping, however last week she was admitted to the hospital for a video EEG and was taken off of lamictal during that time. Remarkably the cough stopped. I tried asking the doctors about this but they were more concrened with the seizures and just reminded me to watch out for Steven Johnson Syndrome. I am very concerned because she is back on the medicine and the coughing is back. I am just wondering if there are any cases of lamictal causing lung damage or affecting the lungs.
I would discus this with her neurologist. Perhaps there is a different medcine she could be taking to control seizures. Unfortunately cough is a side effect of a lot of medicines, but hopefully the doctor would have some other options available. If you are concerned about the medicine/coughing causing damage to her lungs, you might consider treating the cough side effect with something (however, that is a good way to build up a long list of meds).
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