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healthynut28 posted:
Has anyone heard that Lamictal can cause a form of meningitis? I realize that this is probably one of those rare side effects that does occasionally happen. I read on another page concerning bi-polar that it could but wanted to see if anyone has heard of this I would rather have concrete evidence for my concerns and not just freak myself out and quit taking the Lamictal on my own. I will be discussing this with my doctor but was just wondering if anyone has heard this or had any dealings with it.
bpcookie responded:
I've taken Lamictal for a very long time and I've never had any bad side effect. I bet Dr. G can answer your question.

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Joseph F Goldberg, MD responded:
Dear healthynut28,

There have been about 40 reported cases of aseptic meningitis during initiation of treatment with lamotrigine, all occurring in about the first 40 days of starting treatment (average is about 2 weeks into starting). It is thought to be a type of hypersensitivity reaction. If someone begins lamotrigine and soon thereafter develops a fever, stiff neck, nausea and malaise, they should contact their doctor to be evaluated for possible meningitis.

Dr. G.
healthynut28 replied to Joseph F Goldberg, MD's response:
Thank you all for the information the only thing I really experience is nausea all day. It just feel like I'm going to lose whatever I ate. I am well past 40 days and nothing out of the ordinary has happend but I feel better knowing the side effects to look out for. Thanks again for the information.

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