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Antiepileptic drugs / anticonvulsants (AEDs / ACs) are generally a pain in the ass to take, and Lamictal is the biggest diva of them all. But Lamictal works, and works well, for two difficult-to-treat conditions: bipolar 2 featuring severe, near-constant depression that is usually misdiagnosed as a variant of unipolar depression, and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. You may have to drastically alter your lifestyle and that of your entire family (e.g. no more perfume or scented cleaning products) to keep taking it without being covered in a scary-looking, but otherwise benign rash, but that sucks so much less than treatment-resistant bipolar 2 or watching your kid with Lennox-Gastaut hit the floor for the twentieth time today.

As has been recently pointed out to me, there has been all of one report of Lamictal-induced perfume sensitivity out of over 35,000 users. They’ve also found 99 reports on social media and the FDA’s side effect reports.1 Asking their patients about new perfumes and scented products when they present a rash, and warning them about how Lamictal (and other meds) can exacerbate or cause sensitivity to various products, has been recommended to prescribers. Also in this not-free article.

What I wrote about Lamictal and scented products was based upon the experiences people reported, known as anecdotal information. People flipped out over a skin reaction of some kind, called their doctor, and stopped taking Lamictal. After this happened I asked if they may have been exposed to any new soaps or other scented household products. Sometimes they didn’t completely flip out and posted first, then asked their doctor if that (or something else in the long list of potential skin irritants) could be the problem, and when the doctor looked at the rash instead of talking to someone in distress over the phone, it often, but not always, turned out to be something easily identified as benign, albeit annoying. I stressed scented products because I was still dealing with the effects of a chemical exposure that hosed my already dodgy immune system and fragrances really fucked with me. Now that it’s 16 years or so later and I’m not as bothered by them as much, even after being on Lamictal for nine years - with all sorts of other skin problems - the only reason why I leave the warning in there is because scented cleaning and other household products are more likely to have other skin irritants than their unscented counterparts. “Perfume” is a catchall term that includes things like Axe products along with Chanel # gag. Even if men would never equate the two. I still can’t stand the shit and I’m only trying to make the world a better place, one self-centered, bipolar nutter, who is looking for any excuse to quit taking their meds, at a time.

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1 However they define "social media." I don't know.

If you have any questions not answered here, please see the Crazymeds Lamictal discussion board. We welcome criticisms of the articles, notifications of bad links, site problems, consumer experiences with medications, etc. I’m not always able to write back. Hence I never answer questions about meds via e-mail that are answered by this or other articles. Especially if they have been repeatedly asked on the forum. That’s why we write these damn things. Questions about which meds are best for your condition should also be asked on the forum; because this is a free site, so the price of admission is making things easier for somebody else searching for the same answer. We don’t deal with children on the forum or in private because after doing this for ten years I don’t have the emotional stamina to deal with kids who have brain cooties. How to contact Crazymeds. — Jerod Poore, CME, Publisher Crazymeds (crazymeds.us)

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1 While there are plenty of books to help you with hypochondria, for some reason there’s not much in the way of websites. Then again, staying off of the Internet is a large part of curing/managing the disorder.

2 Remember kids, Microsloth operating systems are like TOS Star Trek movies with in that every other one sucks way, way more. With TOS Star Trek movies you don’t want to bother watching the odd-numbered ones. With Microsloth OS you don’t want to buy and install the even-numbered ones. Anyone who remembers ME and Vista knows what I mean.

3 Have I mentioned how open source operating systems for commercial applications is one of the dumbest ideas in the history of dumb ideas?* I don’t even need my big-ass rant any more. Heartbleed has made my case for me. And that’s just the one that got all the media attention. The very nature of an open source operating system makes security as much of an illusion as anonymity on teh Intergoogles. Before you flip out too much: the domain Crazymeds is hosted on uses a version of SSL that is not affected by the Heartbleed bug. That’s one of the many reasons why I pay a lot of money and keep this site on Lunarpages.

* Yes, I know I’m using open source browsers. I also test the site using the now-defunct IE and Safari browsers. Their popularity - and superiority - killed IE and Safari, so that’s why I rely on the open source browsers. It’s like brand vs. generic meds. Sometimes the generic is better than the brand.

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