Common side effects may include:
- headache, dizziness;
- blurred vision, double vision;
- tremor, loss of coordination;
- dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea;
- fever, sore throat, runny nose;
- drowsiness, tired feeling;
- back pain; or.
- sleep problems (insomnia).
There are significant risks involved, and serious or potentially deadly drug effects are not rare. All psychiatric drugs are risky, and anticonvulsants like Lamictal are not on the less risky side of the spectrum for psychiatric drugs themselves. That said, Stevens-Johnson syndrome and similar rashes are not the most common serious or potentially fatal side effect of Lamictal, though it seems to be a tad more common with Lamictal than some of the other psychiatric drugs at first glance.
When patients start taking Lamictal, they are instructed to watch for signs and symptoms of this process, such as:
- Unexplained widespread skin pain.
- A red or purple skin rash that spreads.
- Blisters on the skin and mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, eyes and genitals.
As long as treatment is started when symptoms first develop, it can be completely reversed and almost everyone recovers. But, if someone just continues taking the Lamictil, it’s easily one of the top ten worst ways to die.