7 Things You Need To Know About The Lamictal Rash

As folks with mental health issues – whether they be depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, online casino addiction or whatever – we are very familiar with “personal life issues.”

Personal life issues are those events in life that arent related to your job, the support group you fostered, or the fundraiser you volunteered to facilitate. Personal life issues are those events that demand immediate attention and take you away from such responsibilities. They may or may not be related to your mental health. A personal life issue may be a manic episode thats crept up on you, or it may be a death in the family. Your personal life issue may even be the arrival of a loved ones personal life issue. It may not be your problem, per se, but because its your mothers, your husbands, or your childs problem, it involves you.

Ive recently been slammed with a personal life issue, and because of it, Ive had to make a sudden, spurofthemoment move. Moving is stressful enough when its plannedmoving your entire life in one weekend is a miserable, Godforsaken experience!

Im getting settled in the new location; however, in the midst of packing, moving, unpacking, and sorting through everything I didnt put it storage that actually needs to go in storage, Ive become isolated. In the midst of that activity, Ive no longer been focused on regular responsibilities such as work. Ive no longer been surrounded by the same people or the samegrind.” My routine has changed. The little calendar I keep in my brainthe one that keeps record of what work project is due when, what appointment is scheduled for which dayhas become cloudy.

Fortunately, my brain has welcomed the rest.

Unfortunately, my brain doesnt want to let go of that rest. Ive become isolated from mynorm,” and Ive become comfortable in that isolation. Being away from work and other responsibilities allowed me to focus on the personal life issue at hand, and now that its time to get back into the swing of things, I realize thatbeing away fromthose things has actually turned intobeing isolatedfrom those things.

7 Things You Need To Know About The Lamictal Rash

Back in September, I fired my psychiatrist. After being on Lamictal for a bit over a year, I decided the side effects just weren’t worth the trouble. Too, I was constantly having to change the dosage and play around with the time I took it – neither process helped with the side effects. (Note that I didn’t fire my psychiatrist because of the side effects; I fired him because of the poor advice he offered regarding how I should stop taking the medicine.)

One side effect of Lamictal that I didn’t experience, but others have, is the infamous Lamictal rash. The rash shows up within the first several weeks of taking Lamictal, and good doctors will warn you about this rash and what to look for, as it can sometimes be fatal.

Fortunately, I never developed the rash; however, I have just recently learned that one faithful Mental Health Notes reader, Mechelle, did. She generously agreed to an interview to help others understand this side effect of Lamictal.

When your doctor prescribed Lamictal, how much information did s/he give you about the serious skin reactions that sometimes occur when taking the medication? He was very forthcoming about the rash, and told me to go to the emergency room at the first sign of any irritation.

Although most rashes caused by Lamictal aren’t life-threatening or require hospitalization, did knowing about this possible rash side effect make you hesitant to take Lamictal? No. He said only about 1 in a 1,000 got “the rash”, but that it could be deadly and not to hesitate or even contemplate whether or not it was due to the medication. Just stop the meds and get to the emergency room.