Lamictal & Painful Lymph Nodes
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Q:  Lamictal & Painful Lymph Nodes


I have been using Lamictal only with good effect. Occasionally I get painful lymph nodes in my armpits or groin lasting several days to a week. What is the significance of this ?
Thank you.


Dear Mr. G -- 
Haven't heard of that one yet from my patients.  Swollen lymph nodes is listed as a "rare" side effect of lamotrigine, but intermittent wouldn't make sense that way.  However, a friend of mine says "medications are guilty until proven innocent".  In your case, with the improvement you've seen, it would be a shame to have to stop.  You can make a case to continue, or stop; but your doctor should be very aware of what's going on and help you decide.  If I was going by strictly medicolegal advice-giving, I'd just tell you "oh, that's a side effect, you have to stop"  -- so be sure to discuss the risks of continuing with your doctor.  

Dr. Phelps


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