Review: could Lamotrigine cause Weight gain?
(By eHealthMe on Feb, 26, 2014)
Severity ratings: 2.5/4
On a scale of 1 to 4: 1=least, 2=moderate, 3=severe, 4=most severe
We study 14,574 people who take Lamotrigine. Among them, 175 have Weight gain. See who they are, when they have Weight gain and more. This review is based on reports from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.
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Lamotrigine (latest outcomes from 15,651 users) has active ingredients of lamotrigine. It is often used in bipolar disorder, epilepsy. Commonly reported side effects of Lamotrigine include convulsion, rashes, fever, dizziness, fatigue.
Weight gain (latest reports from 506,663 patients) has been reported by people with depression, high blood pressure, bipolar disorder, pain, acupuncture and pain.
On Feb, 26, 2014: 13,765 people reported to have side effects when taking Lamotrigine. Among them, 175 people (1.27%) have Weight Gain.
Time on Lamotrigine when people have Weight gain * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
|Weight gain||14.71%||5.88%||23.53%||14.71%||23.53%||14.71%||2.94% |
Gender of people who have Weight gain when taking Lamotrigine * :
|Weight gain||76.34%||23.66% |
Age of people who have Weight gain when taking Lamotrigine * :
|Weight gain||0.00%||2.60%||11.04%||18.83%||20.13%||29.87%||11.69%||5.84% |
Severity of Weight gain when taking Lamotrigine ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
|Weight gain||0.00%||66.67%||19.05%||14.29% |
How people recovered from Weight gain ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
|Weight gain||0.00%||0.00%||100.00% |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Bipolar disorder (44 people, 25.14%)
- Epilepsy (23 people, 13.14%)
- Depression (22 people, 12.57%)
- Convulsion (16 people, 9.14%)
- Schizophrenia (13 people, 7.43%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Clonazepam (46 people, 26.29%)
- Seroquel (32 people, 18.29%)
- Lithium carbonate (27 people, 15.43%)
- Zyprexa (22 people, 12.57%)
- Valproate sodium (19 people, 10.86%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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I've previously been on both Adderall and Phentermine, at different times. I experienced very drastic and noticeable effectiveness. The phentermine helped with weight loss significantly and the Adderall greatly increased my energy levels, self-confidence, elevated mood, and higher concentration and brain activity. I was not on any other medications at the time, though I did need to take melatonin occasionally to help me sleep. Now, I had not been on Adderall or phentermine for about a year, but I was put on Adderall again several months ago. This was about a month after my brother died, so obviously I was experiencing (and still am) grief and depression. I was put on 40mg (twice as much as I used to be on) of Adderall in addition to seroquel XR and Lamictal. I felt like a slug all the time, I felt physically hungrier, and lethargic and apathetic. The adderall did nothing to help these symptoms. I am now on 60mg of Adderall and 37.5mg of Phentermine for weight loss and neither have shown any affectiveness, mentally or physically. My appetite is just as bad, and my brain isn't functioning fast at all. None of the affects of adderall I used to experiences, like increased energy levels, elevated mood, decreased appetite, increased brain activity, and increased self-confidence are present now, and I'm on more adderall than I was on before AND phentermine at the same time!! What's going on?? Both my ADD and weight gain are causing me to become increasingly self-conscious and depressed. Also, it doesn't help that my ridiculous amount of mood stabilizers make me apathetic and detached. I'm under 18 so I'm required to take the medications prescribed to me, but I don't know what to do or why the stimulants aren't effective anymore. HELP!!
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