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Old 02-09-2010, 07:06 PM
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Lamictal and Blood Level Test


Hi All,

I posted over in the Padded Room forum because I feel that's what I need right now - LOL - about returning seizures and being 5 1/2 months pregnant.

My doc tells me there isn't a blood test to check and see what my Lamictal level is. Is that true? Anyone else on Lamictal and have levels checked?

I think if there is a blood test for this, this is a pretty good time in my life to get them checked, duh. Trial and error is for the birds.

Any help would be appreciated!

TIA,

Beth
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Old 02-09-2010, 07:50 PM
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I've had my Lamictal levels tested 3 times. First time my absorbent rate was low for the dose and then second time it was high *could be the other way around. I'm tired and think I'm coming down with the flu* and am now awaiting the results of the third time.

There is a way to check how much of a substance is in your blood. Think of it this way. How does a doctor know what to give a patient whose is suspected of an overdose, if he doesn't know what they took? And a coroner determines the cause of death as overdose of such and such drug. *example, he ruled Michael Jackson died of vicoten and other drug combinations.*

So if you were to take Lamictal, they would have to figure out what is going on with you, should you end up in the hospital and cannot communicate. Certain drugs they can't give you while on it.

They can check dilantin levels and alcohol levels. They can check Lamictal too. I think your doctor is hiding something or not interested in doing anymore than needed. Call him on it.
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Old 02-09-2010, 08:33 PM
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Rae1889,

Thanks for the feedback - I really appreciate your time. I would feel a lot better knowing if I am getting enough or too little BEFORE I have to have a seizure to figure that out.

Thanks again,

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Old 02-09-2010, 09:30 PM
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Hi Beth --

I've also had my Lamictal blood levels checked -- at least twice since I went on it the fall of 2008. (In my case the doctors were concerned that the blood levels were on the low end of the range. However I'm also someone who tends to need lower amounts of meds in order to achieve seizure control. When I was on Dilantin I also was fine on a lower than average dose).

It could be that your doctor has already decided that the estrogen/Lamictal issue is to blame for your recent seizures. If that's the case, he should make that clear.
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