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Lamictal (lamotrigine) impact-red blood cells

08/15/2007

Question:

Shortness of breath while using lamictal -- is this due to lamictals impact on red blood cells?

Answer:

Lamictal® (lamotrigine) has been associated with anemia, a medical condition where the body does not have enough red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen through the body. When there are not enough red blood cells the body does not have enough oxygen. This could lead to the feeling of shortness of breath. Anemia has earlier signs and symptoms such as tiredness and weakness. Shortness of breath would be a symptom that occurs later with more severe anemia. Anemia in patients who are taking Lamictal is uncommon.

Talk to your doctor about symptoms of shortness of breath. The link below may provide additional information on lamotrigine.

Submitted by Kara Smith, Pharm D Candidate, Ohio Northern University College of Pharmacy

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Response by:

Carmen M Hadley, RPh, CSPI
Formerly:
Clinical Instructor
College of Pharmacy
The Ohio State University