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Lamotrigine for mood regulation now having hot flashes

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I am a 27 year old female taking lamotrigine for mood regulation. For the past four days or so, I've been having hot flashes without fever (I checked, temperature is normal), excessive sweating (especially at night), excessive urination, runny nose, and sore throat. NSAIDs somewhat relieve the sore throat, antihistamines somewhat relieve the runny nose. Nothing seems to work for the other symptoms. Should I be concerned? I am about to leave town on a weeklong trip.

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Hello,

Thank you for your query at DoctorSpring.

I understand that you are on tablet lamotrigine for mood regulation . Lamotrigine is an anti epileptic medication used to control seizures in adults and children and also used for controlling mood changes and in bipolar disorder.

This pill has a number of side effects ranging from milder ones like runny nose , sore throat , blurred vision , tiredness , back pain , dry mouth to more serious side effects like skin rashes , fever with swollen glands , easy bruising ,chest pain and seizures. Since you have mentioned that you are on NSAIDs and antihistamines for the runny nose and sore throat you can continue with that.

In regard to the question , the excessive sweating at night and hot flashes are caused due to the medication and needs to be thoroughly investigated.

I would suggest you to consult your doctor regarding the change of medication to minimize the side effects . Hope this helps .

Regards


Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
Experience: 
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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