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Lamotrigine Withdrawal

It is, sadly, uncommon for a medical professional to truly have the expertise to navigate a Lamotrigine withdrawal.

Alternative to Meds Center provides a wide range of solutions besides having to suffer Lamotrigine withdrawal symptoms or taking psychiatric drugs for a lifetime. Users of Lamotrigine may find great comfort with our integrative methods and our caring, knowledgeable team.

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Alternative to Meds has been the expert on Lamotrigine withdrawal for over 15 years. We have published evidence regarding our success. Underlying issues can in many cases be addressed in much less toxic ways. We find that frequently there were medical conditions, or that the original factors that contributed to the crisis have since shifted, were diagnosed prematurely or even misdiagnosed.
As with other AEDs (anti-epileptic drugs), it is not recommended that Lamotrigine be discontinued abruptly, as this can lead to Lamotrigine discontinuation effects such as the possibility of increased seizure frequency in patients who have epilepsy. In clinical research trials, patients suffering from bipolar disorder experienced seizures not long after abruptly withdrawing from this drug. In conclusion, unless there are safety concerns which require rapid antipsychotic withdrawal, the dosage of this psychiatric drug should be slowly tapered during a course of at the very least 2 weeks, or even over several months. Lamotrigine is a newer AED and considered broad, meaning it is prescribed for both generalized-onset and partial-onset epilepsy. Having Lamotrigine withdrawal treatment can be critical when this drug is discontinued.

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Lamotrigine Withdrawal Symptoms Can be Severe

Other than withdrawal seizures, other common symptoms of Lamotrigine withdrawal syndrome include major brain fog, dizzy spells, fatigue, lethargy (no energy), weight or appetite changes, and trouble with losing weight, just to name a few. Even after this medication has been tapered off of, individuals often report residual side effects that last long after their active withdrawal phase. This usually occurs because there are still trace amounts of this drug in the body, among other reasons. However, it is very important to remove this drug from the body in the proper way in order to avoid residual Lamotrigine withdrawal effects.1

People decide to go through Lamotrigine withdrawal syndrome for many reasons from pregnancy to switching medications, from side effects to ineffectiveness. Some individuals develop strange rashes from this drug which can cause disability that is permanent or even leads to death. Moreover, Lamictal is not only prescribed for the treatment of epilepsy, but it is also given for depression, bipolar disorder, mania, manic depressive disorder, psychosis, and other mood disorders. If individuals are on this medication for bipolar disorder, mania, depression, seizures, or epilepsy, it is important for them to know that they can live normal lives without remaining on this drug.3

Withdrawing can be a difficult process alone, but finding professional Lamotrigine withdrawal help makes antipsychotic withdrawal much easier and much more tolerable.

Medical Help Recommended for Lamotrigine Withdrawal

As mentioned earlier, there is the dangerous possibility of having seizures or other serious Lamotrigine withdrawal side effects; therefore, it is vital that an individual has medical help to taper them off of their dose comfortably. Other commonly reported antipsychotic withdrawal symptoms include moodiness, feeling like you are going crazy, impatience, brain flashes, nausea, dizziness, irritability, confusion, loss of focus, feeling suicidal, anger, feeling worthless, anxiety, sadness, severe headaches or debilitating migraines, exhaustion, vivid nightmares, irrational decisions, head feeling heavy, hallucinations, extreme hunger, short-term loss of memory, restlessness, loss of balance, crawling skin, and restless leg syndrome. Withdrawing from this drug may not be the easiest of processes, but is made much easier with help, and there are many things that can be done to make withdrawal better. Withdrawal from this drug ultimately can be a great decision that results in finding the underlying causes of depression instead of covering it up with drugs.2

Safe, Gentle Lamotrigine Withdrawal Help at the Alternative to Meds Center

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We employ the following techniques to effectively withdrawal from these drugs. First, we do lab testing to find root causes of original issues, where we usually find toxicity to be the cause so then; we focus on body detoxification to clear these toxins out. Our rehab program also uses natural substances that are specifically aimed to stabilize the neurochemistry, removal of neurotoxins that have been environmentally accumulated within the body, amino acid therapy and additional nutritional therapy, peer support, social support, yoga, personal exercise training, massage therapy, Lamotrigine tapering, and other holistic treatments that will address anticipated symptoms of antipsychotic withdrawal.

When the individual feels sedated and stable during Lamotrigine withdrawal treatment, their medication can slowly be tapered and adjusted as needed. We invite your call so we can talk, and you can receive an idea of the excellent and exacting Lamotrigine withdrawal help that is offered at Alternative to Meds Center.


 

  1. RH Howland “Potential Adverse Effects of Discontinuing Psychotropic Drugs, Part 3, Antipsychotic, dopaminergic, and mood-stabilizing drugs,”  US National Library of Medicine, NIH [INTERNET]  August 2010 [ cited October 22, 2019]

  2. H Meitzer “What’s atypical about atypical antipsychotic drugs?,”  NIH [INTERNET] April, 2004 [cited October 22, 2019]

  3. Cornett, E M, Novitch M, Kaye, A D,  Kata V, Kaye, A M “Medication-Induced Tardive Dyskinesia: A Review and Update,”  Ochsner Journal [INTERNET] Summer of 2014 [cited October 22, 2019]



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Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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