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Review: could Lamictal cause Depression?





Summary: Depression is found among people who take Lamictal, especially for people who are female, 50-59 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Seroquel, and have Bipolar disorder.

We study 37,484 people who have side effects while taking Lamictal from FDA and social media. Among them, 1,450 have Depression. Find out below who they are, when they have Depression and more.

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Lamictal

Lamictal has active ingredients of lamotrigine. It is often used in bipolar disorder. (latest outcomes from Lamictal 40,599 users)

Depression

Depression has been reported by people with quit smoking, multiple sclerosis, pain, osteoporosis, acne.(latest reports from Depression 254,062 patients)

On Nov, 26, 2014: 37,464 people reported to have side effects when taking Lamictal. Among them, 1,450 people (3.87%) have Depression.

Trend of Depression in Lamictal reports

Time on Lamictal when people have Depression * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Depression29.92%24.59%8.20%11.48%14.34%9.43%2.05%

Age of people who have Depression when taking Lamictal * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Depression0.00%0.31%8.14%15.20%16.19%23.18%24.56%12.43%

Severity of Depression when taking Lamictal ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Depression1.35%35.14%45.95%17.57%

How people recovered from Depression ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Depression0.00%29.73%70.27%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Bipolar disorder (429 people, 29.59%)
  2. Depression (391 people, 26.97%)
  3. Anxiety (176 people, 12.14%)
  4. Smoking cessation therapy (120 people, 8.28%)
  5. Epilepsy (114 people, 7.86%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Seroquel (265 people, 18.28%)
  2. Klonopin (178 people, 12.28%)
  3. Cymbalta (165 people, 11.38%)
  4. Lexapro (153 people, 10.55%)
  5. Neurontin (134 people, 9.24%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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