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How does lamictal affect estrogen levels?

I know that studies showed that Lamotrigine

Lamotrigine is used alone or with other medications to prevent and control seizures. It may also be used to help prevent the extreme mood swings of bipolar disorder in adults.

reduces the levels of synthetic estrogen in people taking hormonal birth control, so I’m guessing it has similar effects on natural estrogen too.

Does Lamictal affect hormone levels? It is highly likely that the onset of the Lamictal and the menstrual cycle were coincidental, especially since you are menopausal. The vast majority of the literature states that hormones impact Lamictal levels (esp when there is hormonal BC involved), wtih Lamictal having no effect on hormone levels.

Is generic lamotrigine as good as Lamictal? All of the generic lamotrigine versions currently available have an “AB” rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Lamotrigine. However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication.

Should I stop taking my Lamictal? Do not stop taking Lamictal / lamotrigine without first talking to your doctor, even if you feel fine. You may have increased seizures if you stop using lamotrigine suddenly. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.

Does Lamictal affect the kidneys? Lamictal can raise liver enzymes with high doses, but liver damage or kidney damage would not be one of the common side effects.

Are there any side effects to taking Lamictal?

Are there any side effects to taking Lamictal? Lamictal is used for dysthymia as an augment to the antidepressant. It can help with the lows. While you may not be bipolar, it does help some people with their depression. I have known many people to take Lamictal, including myself, with little to no side effects. Medications affect each of us differently though.

How does birth control affect Lamictal hormone levels? Expand… I thought more about the hormone stuff, and there are also reports that birth control can cause Lamictal to fade by as much as 50%. In this case, a person would need a much stronger dose to counter that effect. There was one oral contraceptive worse than others.

What should the Lamictal blood test results show? Some blood tests, however, have shown that some individuals are able to tolerate peak concentration levels of this medication that are as high as 70 mcg/mL, or nearly 5 times the maximum therapeutic level that is recommended for most patients. The Lamictal blood test is used to confirm these therapeutic levels.

How does estrogen affect lamotrigine in the body? These studies showed that estrogen increases the clearance of lamotrigine by inducing the liver enzymes involved in its metabolism. More rapid metabolism results in lower, and possibly sub-therapeutic, levels of lamotrigine.