Lamictal Report: Severe heart palpitations increase
A following Lamictal side effect report was submitted by a user.
Male patient reported the following Lamictal side effects :
Severe heart palpitations, increase in heart beat rate to 142 beats at rest, muscle pains especially around my chest, shortness of breath, severe abdominal bloating with inability to expel gas.
I was given Lamictal for bipolar depression which proved resistant to SSRIs and a combination of the classic mood stabilizers such as tegretol and depakote. 2 months ago, we decided to try Lamictal as a monotherapy drug. I started with a very slow titration untill reaching the dose which triggered all the symptoms: 125 mgs. At a this relatively low dose, this medicine was my miracle drug. Almost complete stabilization...no more yelling spells or extreme anger and for the first time since I can\'t remember, I could enjoy life\'s little things. Sadly, less than one week ago, I rushed to the ER with the worst symptoms ever. My heart was exploding and pounding and I couldn\'t breathe. Before this accident, I had constant abdominal bloating accompanied with tolarebale muscle aches...but this was life threatining. I stopped taking my miracle drug the next day. Now, all the mental symptoms are back...but at least my heart went to back to its regular rythm.Side Effect Event date: Monday August 16th 12:00:00 AM
Medication Dosage: 125
Medication Frequency: 3 times
Patient Age: 38
Patient Weight: 70
Other medications: nothing
Diagnosis: Bipolar depression type 2
Pre-existing conditions: nothing
Birth Defects? No
Was intervention required to prevent damage? No
Other serious medical events? No
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