Alcohol and Lamictal | Can You Drink Alcohol While on Lamictal?
What are the possible interactions between alcohol and Lamictal? Can you drink alcohol while on Lamictal?
These are questions people commonly have, and below is more information about alcohol and Lamictal that can be helpful if you take this medicine.
Lamictal is the brand name of a generic drug called lamotrigine, which is an anti-epileptic medicine. It’s classified as an anticonvulsant, and it can be used by children and adults, often in combination with other medications for the treatment of epileptic seizures. In some cases, it can also be used to treat certain symptoms of bipolar disorder in adults.
There is an immediate-release version of this medicine that can be used even in children, but for use in kids, it shouldn’t be used as the only medication. Instead, it should be combined with other anti-epileptic medicines. There’s also an extended-release version of Lamictal.
You should speak with your doctor about taking Lamictal if you have liver or kidney disease, a history of depression or suicidal thoughts, or you’re allergic to other anti-seizure medicines.
As with most medications, there are some side effects that may be possible such as dizziness, blurred vision, headache, dry mouth, drowsiness or sleep problems.
There are certain drug interactions possible with Lamictal as well. For example, you should let your doctor know if you take a hormonal form of birth control, carbamazepine or divalproex, among others.
So what about alcohol and Lamictal? Can you drink alcohol while on Lamictal?
First and foremost, many of the symptoms of Lamictal are the same as alcohol. For example, some shared symptoms include blurred vision, drowsiness, and headache. If you combine alcohol and Lamictal at the same time, it can make these symptoms worse.
It can also be dangerous to operate a vehicle or machinery, although you shouldn’t do those things when drinking regardless.
The truth is that drinking alcohol is going to affect pretty much any medicine you take, but the range of this effect is what can differ between people and situations.
With alcohol and Lamictal, while you may make the symptoms of both substances worse if you combine them, there are currently no specific warnings about using them together. This only refers to a moderate amount of alcohol, however, and many people aren’t aware of how little a “moderate” amount really is. For example, a moderate amount of alcohol is considered a drink a day for women, and two drinks per day for men. A drink would equal 1.5 ounces of liquor, 5 ounces of wine, or 12 ounces of beer.
What’s more important to think about is the fact that alcohol and Lamictal together may affect your bipolar disorder, if that’s what you’re using this drug for.
During a depressive period, someone with bipolar might drink to help them feel better.
When you have bipolar and you drink it can increase the chances not only of developing a substance use disorder, but it can make the mood swings worse and can increase the likelihood of violence, depressive periods, and the chances of suicide.
If you take Lamictal for seizures, there is some research showing that alcohol can increase your chances of seizures occurring, so you should be cautious.
To sum up, can you drink alcohol while on Lamictal? The answer is that you may be able to if you use Lamictal to treat epilepsy, but if you’re on this medicine because you have bipolar disorder, this is something you should weigh heavily and speak with your doctor about.
Alcohol and Lamictal may make certain side effects of both substances worse or more noticeable, as well as the fact that alcohol can have an effect on your bipolar disorder. Lamictal may also make your tolerance for alcohol lower, so you could feel the effects of drinking not only more strongly but also more quickly.
There is always the risk of interactions when you mix substances, and this includes alcohol and Lamictal, so it’s important to use caution and follow the instructions of your doctor.
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