Jump to content

- - - - -

Lamictal and itching

  • Please log in to reply
12 replies to this topic

#1 Blessings4Mama



  • Member
  • Pip
  • 1 posts

Posted 02 February 2013 - 01:33 AM


 I started taking lamictal about 6-8 weeks ago and am now up to 150mg this week I started having severe itching especially at night. I have NO rash (believe me I've checked 100 times because I'm so paranoid LOL) I see my Dr next week so I will talk to her but just wanted to see if anyone else has experienced this.




#2 werehorse



  • Member
  • Pip
  • 557 posts

Posted 02 February 2013 - 01:36 AM

Oh my, yes. When I started lamictal I nearly scratched my skin off. No rash though, and it did eventually ease off, though I still think I am itchier than the average person.

Current Dx: Paranoid Schizophrenia

Current Rx: lamictal 125mg, depakote 2000mg, paroxetine 40mg, paliperidone depot

Previous Rx: fluoxetine, lofepramine, citalopram, risperidone, quetiapine, aripiprazole, amisulpride, haliperidol, chlorpromazine, carbamazepine

#3 bpladybug


    Your friendly bipolar Aunt

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 4570 posts

Posted 02 February 2013 - 02:48 AM

I would take some benedryl to help w the itching, but for SURE discuss this with  your Pdoc, 

and if you get a rash call, as soon as possible.


'Mania is a dangerous Mistress.' BPLadybug

Bipolar 1
Treatment: 900 mgs Lithium, 900 mgs Neurontin, 400 mgs Seroquel, Xanax prn, Temazepam, fish oil, vitamins, Vit. D 5, 000 IU, exercize, some talk therapy and CBT Therapy. Exercize helps as does the Light Box; 30 mins every morning. I also have physical health challenges.

#4 amy5000



  • Member
  • Pip
  • 65 posts

Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:54 AM

I have been having this issue since August. I have been on Lamictal for like two years now, but in August the evil flight attendant decided to gate check my bag with my meds at the last minute so I was without my Lamictal for just two days, but then all of the sudden I started to itch like crazy on my legs at night when I started taking it again at the same dose. At first I freaked out but I had no rash. Anyways, my pdoc and I are pretty sure I'm just allergic to the Lamictal and that it wasn't really helping me that much anyways so I have been titrating off of it since. She prescribed me hydroxyzine (an anti-histamine) to deal with the itching and it helps. It has been getting better as we lower the dose. 

dx: bipolar 2, gad, "mixed personality disorder" blah blah

meds: trileptal 300mg, viibryd 20mg, gabapentin 300mg PRN, clonazepam .5mg PRN

#5 tryp


    Bawk Bawk Therapy Cranes!

  • Inmate
  • 7197 posts

Posted 02 February 2013 - 10:21 AM

I got itchy on Lamictal - it got better.


People are very concerned about The Rash (and rightly so) but Lamictal is also known for other benign rashes and itches and hypersensitivities, so be cautious, but don't freak out either.


If it continues, you could consider switching to hypoallergenic soaps and detergents.  Sometimes that helps.  

Edited by tryp, 02 February 2013 - 10:22 AM.

Dx: Complex PTSD
Tx: Lamictal (225 
) + prazosin (7.5) + therapy (something something danger zone)

#6 Savannah



  • Member
  • Pip
  • 759 posts

Posted 02 February 2013 - 12:26 PM

Every time I have gone up on lamictal I get the itches. About 3 months ago I went to 500mg and now I just can't quite get rid of the itch.

I think wearing scratchy winter sweaters is making it last longer too.
<p>Bipolar 1 with psychosisCurrent meds: geodon 160mg, seroquel 500mg, prolixin 10 mg, lamictal 500mg, zoloft 150mg,, Provigil 200mg

#7 eldorado


    village idiot

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 1051 posts

Posted 02 February 2013 - 12:49 PM

No itchy for me, but I have been on it for years.

​BPI  and stuff   You are not your diagnosis. 

Indifference:  (noun)  The amount of time between when the event occurs and the pain manifests. 

#8 crtclms


    Queen of Ergots

  • Inmate
  • 11208 posts

Posted 02 February 2013 - 03:41 PM

Almost all ACs can cause itching, although Lamictal is particularly good at it. I am itchy for a week or so after I raise my dose, but it mostly passes. I also get small patchy rashes on my forearms, but I did with tegretol, too.

Dx: Bipolar 1; GAD; Migraine w/ Aura; Migraine w/o Aura; Status Migrainosus
Rx: Alprazolam; Dihydroergotomine via IV Infusion; Flexeril; Lamotrigine; Latuda; Lithium; Metoclopramide; Midrin; Potassium Citrate; Prilosec; Promethazine; Riboflavin; Tizanidine; Verapamil; Vitamin D3; Zofran
Currently Shelved: Abilify; Amerge; Anaprox; Atenolol; BotoxBuproprion; Buspar; Cafergot; Cymbalta; Depakote; Di-Hydro-ergotamine, injected; Gabapentin; Geodon; Imitrex Tablets; Klonopin; Maxalt; Migranal; Namenda; Nortriptyline; Norvasc; Propranolol; Prozac; Risperidone; Relpax; Sansert; Sumatriptan injectables; Tegretol; Trazadone; Zoloft; Zolpidem; Zomig; Zonegran

GLENDOWER. I can call spirits from the vasty deep. HOTSPUR. Why, so can I, or so can any man; But will they come when you do call for them? -Shakespeare


I moderate Bipolar, Anxiety, Dissociative Disorders, Migraine, Chronic Pain, Seizures, NOS, Mood Stabilizers, Side Effects, Family Feud, Relationships, and I Still Have Issues

#9 ducky



  • Member
  • Pip
  • 42 posts

Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:50 PM

I got itchy this time around with my lamictal. No rash just crazy itching everywhere! Since I've been on this dosage it's gotten better, but I'll probably have to increase soon so I'm not looking forward to it.

Biploar, borderline personality, panic disorder, PTSD

Meds: 100mgs lamictal, 1.5mgs invega, 1mg klonopin up to 3x a day as needed

#10 shortcircuit



  • Member
  • Pip
  • 3 posts

Posted 05 May 2013 - 04:40 PM

Every time I've gone up in dosage or take my doses too close apart, I've gotten itchy. Never a rash though. I've just learned to expect it.



Diagnosed with Bipolar II

Meds: Lamictal 250mg, Abilify 2mg

#11 Savannah



  • Member
  • Pip
  • 759 posts

Posted 05 May 2013 - 09:07 PM

When I went up to 500mg I actually got an innocent rash. I knew I was itchie but I went to the medco for an annual and he noticed the rash and gave me a cream.

When I have gone up on lamictal I have had to cut back on dri king dr dr pepper because when I dri k a lot of it I also get itchie.
<p>Bipolar 1 with psychosisCurrent meds: geodon 160mg, seroquel 500mg, prolixin 10 mg, lamictal 500mg, zoloft 150mg,, Provigil 200mg

#12 2Spirals


    Keeping this human mind entertained.

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 756 posts

Posted 13 May 2013 - 05:14 PM

I just posted about this in a different lamictal itch thread today, actually.. how funny. Anyway, about a week ago I titrated from 50mg to 100mg of lamictal (this is the 2nd time I've been on lamictal) and in this same timerame have noticed intense itchiness all over my body. A few times I've scratched absent-mindedly so hard that I ended up with open sores where I scratched the skin completely off. 


I have no rash and am not particularly worried about having one. I am going to wait it out and see if the itchiness subsides over the next week or so. If it continues, (I am to stay at 100mg of lamictal as my daily dose), I will then consult my pdoc. I am hesitant, however, because I don't see what he can really do about it other than take me off of it, which I don't want to do because it has helped a lot.


The first time I was on it, I never experienced this itching. Or perhaps I did and don't remember. 


It has been interesting trying to figure out what was causing this itch problem, because about a month ago I started using different soap, and I also am suffering from springtime allergies. Finding that it is probably the lamictal and that a lot of people have this side effect then titrating makes me feel a bit better about it. Wish me luck! :-)

Diagnosis: Bipolar I, Generalized Anxiety Disorder & Panic Disorder
Medications: Lamictal 250mg, Clonazepam 2mg, Wellbutrin 300mg, Lyrica 100mg (and meds for other ailments)
"Celebrate we will, for life is short but sweet for certain."

#13 Chaos



  • Member
  • Pip
  • 25 posts

Posted 14 May 2013 - 06:02 AM

Lamictal makes me itch, though quite as badly as when I first started it. I also get little scabby patches all over my body. But I live with it because it has helped me so much.

The content of individual posts on this site are the sole work of their authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions and/or policies of the Administrators, Moderators, or other Members of the Crazyboards community. Health related topics should not be used for the purpose of diagnosis or substituted for medical advice. It is your responsibility to research the accuracy, completeness, and usefulness of all opinions, services, and other information found on the site, and to consult with your professional health care provider as to whether the information can benefit you.