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No, fortunately I don't have this problem. But I have a dumb Q: are you drinking enough water? Might be worth making sure you are. Other than that, I don't know. However, I looked through the Lamictal PI and under Adverse Events of the Urogenital System, did find the following:

Infrequent: Among other things listed, urine abnormality (whatever that means?)

Rare: Among other things listed, dysuria (which means difficult or painful discharge of urine), and urinary retention (which sounds like what you're describing).

You can view/download the PI here: http://us.gsk.com/products/assets/us_lamictal.pdf. I found the above on pages 37-38.

Sounds like you should definitely talk with your doc about this.

Good luck,

revlow

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dont be embarassed.

when i started lamictal, i thought i had a bit of an issue but it wasnt as if i couldnt pee...it was just that i wasnt peeing as much as i was before.  although, i had major anxiety issues and i guess i was just a lot more calm.

do you drink enough water or juice? if not, i would suggest drinking more...and if that doesnt help i would talk to your doctor.

tal

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If it doesn't go away, you do need to tell your doctor about it. It's actually a pretty common side effect for a lot of drugs. I've gotten it before, too.

One thing you can do to help is run the shower or the water faucet while you're trying to pee or use the old sleepover trick of dipping your hand in warm water. Surprisingly, it works.

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Urinary retention is not uncommon with a lot of meds, often it goes away after a while -- or maybe I just got used to it? I used to have to think about it, because otherwise I would get up and go on this things without realizing that while I'd sat 'long enough' nothing had actually happened.

You do need to pee though. Drinking more water is a good idea, maybe even sports drinks? If you find that it continues, and especially if it becomes uncomfortable -- either peeing or feeling unpleasantly "full bladder" -- you need to get attention for it! Preferably before the latter gets too acute.

Fiona

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Is it that you physically are having trouble, or you just don't feel like you need to? I've been having trouble with not needing to go, and the urine is a darker yellow (mine's usually clear - wow, TMI!). I drink PLENTY of water, too, but I felt I was retaining it. I finally start going as salt free as possible, and that helped *alot*. Within 24 hours I noticed a difference. Maybe that would help?

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I've been having trouble with not needing to go, and the urine is a darker yellow (mine's usually clear - wow, TMI!).

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Usually darker yellow urine is the result of less volume -- same amount of 'waste' but less water to carry it. Did you notice less volume during this period? It's something I was taught to use as an indicator of dehydration. Of course, some foods can change your urine as well (asparagus is an common one).

Fiona

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Hi,

I dont think its always a UTI issue....sure sometimes, but not all times.

For the past week, I'll go pee before bed. lay in bed and think, i gotta pee again. and it feels like my bladder is full but cant "go" and think the only way would be to pierce it. WHICH I KNOW IS VERY WRONG.

and then either the feeling passes, or i drink more water and eventually pee.

i also have the same problem swallowing (get your heads out of your pants) when I go to bed. I'll start freakin about it. then i'll take a drink of water and its like, "see, I can swallow."

Im going through some tough crap so I associate these with that.

happy peeing & pooping,

december

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I really, really HAD to pee, just couldn't.

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Okay, sometimes when I've had a problem peeing, I've found that, um...a bit of "digital manipulation" helps. In other words, and bit of masturbating right there while sitting on the toilet. Seems to relax the "pee" muscles or whatever, enough so I can pee.

I heard this trick from a woman I knew who had MS. Her urologist told her.

PS - I have no clue what would work for men with this problem. Of course, whenever there's a pee problem with men, they should check with their docs. Prostate problems can cause peeing problems.

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Much more interesting than my approach of sitting there reading until I relax enough to pee.  It is also somewhat more difficult for guys to pee with an erection.  Our cat can open the bathroom door even when it clicks shut -- she'll sit and stare like "pee already!"

Tommy

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apparently dido had the same problems.

'Hear Me Pee' Lyrics

I didn't hear you leave,

I wonder if you are still here

I don't want to move a thing,

It might change my trajectory

Oh I am what I am,

I can't do what I want, and I really tried

I can't go, and I need sleep,

I can't pee, when you're standing here with me

I don't want to call my friends,

They might take my picture here

And I can't go to bed,

Risk a wetting of my sheets

Oh I am what I am,

I can't do what I want, and I really tried

I can't go, I wanna sleep,

I can't pee, when you're sitting here with me

I won't leave, and I've really tried,

I cannot pee, when you're waiting here with me

grouse.

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