Aseptic meningitis was first named as a side effect of the anticonvulsant drug, Lamictal, by the FDA in August of 2010. An illness that appears similar to bacterial meningitis, aseptic meningitis is very serious and most commonly occurs in infants and children. Used to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder, Lamictal was linked to 40 cases of aseptic meningitis in both pediatric and adult patients from 1994 to 2009. While no deaths were reported, 35 of the 40 patients required hospitalization. The majority of patients who developed aseptic meningitis after taking Lamictal reported experiencing similar symptoms, including fever, vomiting, and a rash. If you or your child has been prescribed Lamictal and has had any negative side effects, please contact Wormington & Bollinger today. Our experienced Lamictal lawyers have represented people throughout Texas in cases against GlaxoSmithKline, the drug’s manufacturer. We understand how serious the side effects of this dangerous drug can be and will do everything we can to ensure you receive the compensation and justice you deserve.
What is Aseptic Meningitis?
While nearly half of all aseptic meningitis cases are caused by a virus, there are other factors that may lead to a patient coming down with the illness. Characterized by an inflammation of the protective membranes (the meninges) that cover the brain and spinal cord, aseptic meningitis is typically diagnosed when patients show all the signs of meningitis without the bacteria. Toxic agents, non-bacterial infections, certain vaccines, malignancy, and some medications, including Lamictal, have all been known to cause aseptic meningitis.
Symptoms of Aseptic Meningitis
For some, the symptoms of aseptic meningitis do not show up right away. In both children and adults, the signs of aseptic meningitis are as follows:
- Stomach ache
- Painful headache
- Body aches
- Sensitivity to light
- Loss of appetite
However, infants sufferings from aseptic meningitis may have the following other symptoms:
- Irritability and frequent crying
- Difficulty feeding
- A bulging where the soft spot is located on a baby’s head
While aseptic meningitis can be a mild condition that many people can overcome on their own, this is not always the case. If you or your child has experienced any of the above symptoms, please contact your doctor right away.