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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 37,506 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 40,628 Lamictal users)

Depression

Depression has been reported by people with quit smoking, multiple sclerosis, pain, osteoporosis, high blood pressure. (latest reports from 276,944 Depression patients)

On Jan, 30, 2015: 37,506 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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  • I feel that i get depressed and anxiety when the medication wears off. Also the irritability does too. My biggest concern is the sexual dysfunction. I've been taking both medications for about a week now and its the first time I've experienced it. I cant even get myself hard and i feel that my penis has either gotten smaller or i have a smaller flaccid. I really dont want this happening all the time. Having sex with my girlfriend is my favorite thing to do and she really loves it too. She talks dirty and can be laying next to me naked but i still wont get hard or I'll get a soft hard after some touching. It used to be so easy to get an erection. Please help.

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  • From this study (2 months ago):

  • It used to be so easy to get an erection. It would take a touch or quick rub to get hard...really hard .. After taking vyvanse and lamotrigine for about a week. I've gotten my first erectile dysfuntion. It took so long to get hard and i would barely even get hard. It was like a hard soft. I really dont want this becoming a problem. Having sex is my favorite thing to do. Thank you

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  • From this study (4 months ago):

  • Depression diagnosed first, and eventually identified as cyclothymia. Arthritis second. Hypothyroid and high cholesterol next. Headaches resolved with menopause, but have come back. Allergic reactions to unknown things about same time as headaches.

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