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Review: could Lamotrigine cause Anxiety (Stress and anxiety)?

Summary: Anxiety is found among people who take Lamotrigine, especially for people who are female, 30-39 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Clonazepam, and have Bipolar disorder.

We study 14,769 people who have side effects while taking Lamotrigine from FDA and social media. Among them, 414 have Anxiety. Find out below who they are, when they have Anxiety and more.

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Lamotrigine

Lamotrigine has active ingredients of lamotrigine. It is often used in bipolar disorder. (latest outcomes from 15,817 Lamotrigine users)

Anxiety

Anxiety has been reported by people with depression, stress and anxiety, quit smoking, multiple sclerosis, pain. (latest reports from 212,462 Anxiety patients)

On Jan, 3, 2015: 14,769 people reported to have side effects when taking Lamotrigine. Among them, 427 people (2.89%) have Anxiety.

Trend of Anxiety in Lamotrigine reports

Time on Lamotrigine when people have Anxiety * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Anxiety37.21%34.88%5.81%13.95%5.81%2.33%0.00%

Gender of people who have Anxiety when taking Lamotrigine * :

FemaleMale
Anxiety78.49%21.51%

Age of people who have Anxiety when taking Lamotrigine * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Anxiety0.00%2.07%9.30%14.73%27.13%19.64%18.09%9.04%

Severity of Anxiety when taking Lamotrigine ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Anxiety12.00%44.00%40.00%4.00%

How people recovered from Anxiety ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Anxiety0.00%20.00%80.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Bipolar disorder (93 people, 21.78%)
  2. Depression (67 people, 15.69%)
  3. Anxiety (33 people, 7.73%)
  4. Epilepsy (28 people, 6.56%)
  5. Bipolar i disorder (22 people, 5.15%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Clonazepam (63 people, 14.75%)
  2. Seroquel (42 people, 9.84%)
  3. Lamictal (39 people, 9.13%)
  4. Lithium carbonate (33 people, 7.73%)
  5. Effexor (29 people, 6.79%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • Started having grand mal seizures at age 24. Have had over 50 seizures, all grand mal and all sever in length and recovery time. Severe loss of memory. Accompanied by 3 strokes. Two TIA and one causing left body from shoulder down for weeks. Cannot drive. Cannot work. Longest length in between episodes is a little over a month. Single mother concerned for my son's and my own safety. Idiopathic. Tried MANY different regiments of medications. Breakthrough severe seizures always occur. Have see. Seen many specialist, all test preformed, no solid answers at all. NO history of epilepsy or seizure disorder in family. At a loss. Please help me get my life back.

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    anonymousXuka on Aug, 16, 2014:

    Have you ever had a fall or injure to the head? (I never had it) but I can relate to you. Because I had a dog that gave birth to these 5 puppies. One of the puppies that I gave away later had continues epilepsy. I later found out that the dog's owner abuse her a lot (hitting in the head.) But none of other 5 or the mom or dad had it (I own the mom & dad). The owner ended up giving the dog away to get killed. I had to go the shelter to take the dog back. One thing I noticed that the dog would get seizure whenever she heard loud noises (like my mom yelling) couple hours prior that. May be you could try to figure out if there was any pattern that could help you to prevent the seizures from happening. Some people think it's silly but one thing helps me going through difficult times is to focus on the positives by listening to the audio "The Secret" & "The Power" from Rhonda Burne. I hope you can get cured soon; miracles do happen. I wish you all the best.

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    Sunshine on Sep, 5, 2014:

    Female, 54, Tennessee

    Not sure what state you live in, but medical grade cannibas works well on seizures. It's Given people their life back.

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