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Review: could Lamictal cause Loss of appetite?

Summary: Loss of appetite could be caused by Lamictal, especially for people who are female, 20-29 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Tegretol, and have Epilepsy.

We study 37,266 people who have side effects while taking Lamictal from FDA and social media. Among them, 303 have Loss of appetite. Find out below who they are, when they have Loss of appetite and more.

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Lamictal

Lamictal (latest outcomes from 40,334 users) has active ingredients of lamotrigine. It is often used in bipolar disorder.

Loss of appetite

Loss of appetite (lack of feeling to eat) (latest reports from 381,699 patients) has been reported by people with type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, pain, osteoporosis.

On Apr, 10, 2014: 37,171 people reported to have side effects when taking Lamictal. Among them, 303 people (0.82%) have Loss Of Appetite. They amount to 0.08% of all the 380,700 people who have Loss Of Appetite on eHealthMe.

Trend of Loss of appetite in Lamictal reports

Time on Lamictal when people have Loss of appetite * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Loss of appetite55.21%28.12%5.21%4.17%6.25%1.04%0.00%

Age of people who have Loss of appetite when taking Lamictal * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Loss of appetite0.00%7.33%9.67%21.00%15.00%15.00%15.33%16.67%

Severity of Loss of appetite when taking Lamictal ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Loss of appetite9.09%36.36%45.45%9.09%

How people recovered from Loss of appetite ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Loss of appetite0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Epilepsy (71 people, 23.43%)
  2. Depression (68 people, 22.44%)
  3. Bipolar disorder (56 people, 18.48%)
  4. Anxiety (35 people, 11.55%)
  5. Convulsion (28 people, 9.24%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Tegretol (39 people, 12.87%)
  2. Synthroid (37 people, 12.21%)
  3. Neurontin (36 people, 11.88%)
  4. Klonopin (31 people, 10.23%)
  5. Depakene (30 people, 9.90%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (13 months ago):

  • Kevin Peters Ph.d on Mar, 4, 2013:

    Sammy, I'm a white 45 male; just wanted to agree on that Klonopin remark. When I was 21 I had my second kidney transplant which was a BAD issue all together, at any rate the hospital did not include my medications taken at home after my surgery. I went thru the worst hallucinations and jerking and seizures you could ever possibly imagine. This went on for almost 3 1/2 weeks before we decided to have me taken OUT of the hospital and relocated before they ended up taking my life. Then the whole staff of paychology including the chief of psychiatry cane in my room to see what they could do, Finallu. During one of my few moments of clarity the C.O.F after blaming me if talking "drugs" prior to my transplant listened to my word of telling him the meds I was on before being admitted. After asking when was the last time I had received my Klonopin and me not knowing, he then reviewed the charts, and didn't see me receiving this med once. He stormed out of the room of about 9 docs and came back in with two Klonopin; for the first time in almost 4 weeks and after three surgeries the first 72 hours I was hospitalized, I was sleeping like a baby, for about 49 hours with NO MORE hallucinations, or seizures or jerking! I finally got out of there without a kidney since that kidney was supposed to go to another man named the same as I in a different city! I do take Xanax and probably always will. The half life on Klonopin is much different hence one if its dangers, Nevwr Ever stop this drug cold! I've been on dialysis 25 1/2 years now and suffered from intense skin cancers, but have fought and done all I can do to live a normal as possible life, working full time except when I'm in yet another surgery, over 32 general anesthetic procedures since 1987. I was the youngest boy-man to ever be on the USA soccer team ready to play in the Korea 1988 Olympics. What a change in life.....
    All the Best,
    K. Peters

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    chris on Jun, 4, 2011:

    i have been taking clonzepam and trazedone and my speech is a very hoarse voice, I am wondering if if my speech problem is from these drugs's side effects.

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    TwoDimes on Apr, 15, 2012:

    Upon occasion, I, too, have become hoarse and from the use of Klonopin. I was VERY hoarse when I tried to cold turkey off of 4mgs of Klonopin. I am now down to 1.5mgs per day and, still, (as I said, upon occasion, I become hoarse. I am sure that the use of Klonopin is the causative factor. - TwoDimes -

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    SammySushi on Jul, 10, 2012:

    Omigosh, never cold turkey clonopin, esp that high of a dose. My dad had a major seizure and hallucinations doing so.

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    Christophe on Nov, 13, 2012:

    Hello,
    I suffer from Hypothyroidism, High Cholesterol & Cancer survivor because of Zyprexa use and previously being prescribed Carbamezapine causing Thyroid damage. My best advice to you if you don't want Hypothyroidism is have regular blood tests, Thyroid damage can be undetected for up to 5 years with no symptoms found on regular blood tests prematurally. Make sure you buy iodised salt to use on food when eating this will help reduce your risk of getting Hypothyroidism. two signs of Hypothyriodism which the Carbamezapine & Zyprexa medication boxes labels wont tell you is if your face becomes puffed up, red or sun sensitive while taking these medications this is a sign of Hypothyroidism. It wont be found on your blood test but later on it could appear out of the blue. The other sign to look for is baldness or hair loss on your head, this is another symptom. I hope these comments will help you. You have to weight up the benefits and negatives taking medications if you decide to take these medicines or not. It depends on how you cope with the drug side effects.
    from Christophe

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    AUDREY on Dec, 16, 2012:

    STARTED TAKING DILTIAZEM 60 MG AND I AM VERY CONSTIPATED. 70 YEARS OLD, HEART SURGERY A FAST HEART RATE....

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    Sonya on Feb, 24, 2013:

    You definately need to take a stool softener...straining during defication can cause major problems in people with cardiac problems.

    Reply

  • From this study (2 years ago):

  • I have had depression (in some form) since I was a teen and this intensified as I struggled with acne. I fought these through my twenty's, along with the inability to complete tasks. As I aged, the incompleted tasks mounted and led to anxiety. Having anxiety, depression and the inability to complete tasks led to self-medication and a vicodin dependence. I'm not sure what came first; the inability to focus (which led to my being depressed) or being depressed (which led to incomplete tasks/focus, anxiety and eventually, when I couldn't handle it all, an opiod dependency). I am nearing forty years now and have found that when the ADD medication works (which isn't often and I can't track when it does or why) it REALLY WORKS and all of my other problems nearly disappear. However, due to the different medications I am currently taking I haven't been able to figure out which one, or combo, of drugs are decreasing the effectiveness of the generic adderall I am taking. The adderall slows down my thoughts, which suppresses the depression, anxiety and, eventually I believe, no longer needing the suboxone. WHAT medication(s) I am taking is interfering with the adderall???

    Reply

    Andrea on Apr, 28, 2012:

    Your anxiety ( benzo's) will take away from the effectiveness, since I am practically on the same exact meds as you are on!!! I too, developed the depression at 19 and got addicted to opiates with precription drugs since I had several surgeries in a row.....but no matter how we get addicted, we r self medicating when we know we r healed physically, but still continue to request refills since it helps mentally and emotionally so well. However it only teaches us how to avoid problems in life, so I would stick with the adderall, and slowly tapper down from the subs. Keep the anxiety stuff only as needed so its not an addiction medication. Adderall and vyvanse both have a calming effect, yet they hit all the depressed receptors in the brain causing less pain from suboxone withdrawl. Atleast that's what I did, and I'm soooo much better, and I have a life with friends who respect me now....and I date people who are good enough for me rather than losers who make me feel better about myself!!!!

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  • From this study (3 years ago):

  • about 3-4 times a week i start sweating, to the point where i am dripping wet and my piilow is soaked. It is not always when i sleep it can be in the middle of the day. only urinate about 2-3 times per day with no real urge. difficult to start urinating

    Reply

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