The FDA diagnoses Aseptic Meningitis when symptoms of meningitis are present but bacterial tests for Meningitis come back negative. Other causes of Meningitis include non-bacterial infections such as viruses, toxic agents, some vaccines, cancer, and medications similar to Lamictal. Doctors have determined that in the case of an unclear diagnosis of Meningitis with no pinpointed cause, Lamictal should be discontinued immediately.

Through monitoring of adverse events in patients diagnosed with Aseptic Meningitis, the FDA has associated Aseptic Meningitis and Lamictal, as well as those Lamictal patients who experience symptoms such as chills, headache, fever, nausea, sensitivity to light, stiff neck and vomiting “should consult their healthcare provider immediately.”

Since Lamictal’s approval in December 1994 and November 2009, 40 cases of Aseptic Meningitis were found in patients taking Lamictal. Symptoms were found to occur between 1 and 42 days of Lamictal treatment. In most cases of patients taking Lamictal, symptoms stopped quickly after discontinuing Lamictal. However, in the remaining 15 cases, symptoms recurred after restarting Lamictal treatment and were often much more severe, says the FDA.

The FDA is revising the Warnings and Precautions section of the drug label and Black Box Warning on its medication guide to warn of this risk. The FDA calls health care professionals to be aware that Lamictal carries the risk of causing Aseptic Meningitis. Lamictal is prescribed as ODT, CD, and XR, all carrying the same risks.

“If Meningitis is suspected, patients should also be evaluated and treated, as indicated, for other causes of Meningitis.” Says the FDA.

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