Cogntive confusion and memory loss can occur with Lamictal especially in combination with lithiium when a person first starts it and improve over time. I know this happened with me and I was informed this. However it would be essential to discuss this with your psychiatrist so they could provide more specific information within their clinical discretion.
Thanks for your help. I have an appt at the end of the month.
In my experience with meds sometimes you get used to it and the side affects get better over time, but if it is really bad, go see your doctor and ask to try something else. I'm on lithium also and trileptol went really well with it.
i could say it might be Blondeness Syndrome but i might get banned... of cos there's no such syndrome (it's B.S.) b/c i'm male and white-haired. but yes i have same sides. it was milder memory loss & loss of cognitive function (funkiness) starting on 200- 300mg lamictal alone. but now am on 500mg/day depakote + 300mg. since dep can double effect of lam i have noticed an increase in mem and cog problems as you described by you. for me it seems to be a lasting side effect for me at least while on these drugs... hopefully these functions will return to normal if/when i get off them per ILADVOCATE above. i guess as long as you are aware of these SEs, it's better than if you're not!
oops meant to say i'm on 500mg dep + 300mg lam / day. (proof of my SEs.)
Thanks for everyone's replies. As my dosage increased I began to have even more side effects. I'm very sensitive to these drugs. I saw the dr today and she reduced my Lamictal from 175mg to 100mg. Taper will take 2 weeks time. We'll see how it goes. Thanks again, Crystal
I forgot to mention I had gotten up to 200mg but had to cut 25mg out because it messed up my stomache so bad. As soon as I did that my stomach was back to normal. Hopefully going down to 100mg will make most of these side effects leave or lesson. I will wait and see. It would be nice to have my mental functioning back and to mentally feel better.
I currently take 150mg 2 times a day and my memory is getting extremely bad and continues to worsen daily it seems. I have told my neurologist but she seems to not find it any big deal and isn't concerned with the lamictol wch is now concerning me more.
I am also on Lamictal to treat my bipolar disorder and it has been my "saving grace drug". I wouldn't be able to function at all without it. However, I too have noticed that along with many other side effects, the memory loss/confusion is what scares me the most. This may not be the case for everyone, as it is used to treat many things. I absolutely cannot come off it as it has helped me so much, but I do worry about the memory loss. I have been on this drug for probably a year and a half and am currently on 250 mgs. I don't know if this helps or not, but I feel your pain!