Suicidal Thoughts Linked to Lamictal

In January 2008, the FDA issued a serious warning stating that Lamictal, an antiepileptic drug, may cause users to have suicidal thoughts. Recent studies have shown that Lamictal, along with numerous other antiepileptic drugs, may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and tendencies in users.

Lamictal and Suicidal Thoughts

By the end of 2008, the FDA required the manufacturers of Lamictal and other antiepileptic drugs to include warnings about the tendency of users to have suicidal thoughts. Officials based this warning on 199 clinical trials that showed that those who participated by taking the drug had suicidal thoughts at double the rate of those who did not. Because of this study and the dangers associated with antiepileptic drugs, the FDA added a “Suicidal Behavior and Ideation” entry to the “Warnings and Precautions” section of Lamictal’s label. While only approximately 1 in 500 patients reported experiencing suicidal thoughts while taking Lamictal, this side effect is extremely serious and should not be overlooked.

Suicidal Thoughts

If you or a loved one has been prescribed Lamictal and has experienced any of the following thoughts or behaviors, please contact your family physician immediately. Suicide is a very serious issue that should not be taken lightly. Because Lamictal and other antiepileptic drugs have been tied to suicidal thoughts and behaviors, it is critical for those affected to take action right away.

The following are examples of the risks associated with taking Lamictal:

  • Thoughts about suicide
  • Attempt to commit suicide
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Feeling agitated or restless
  • Increased panic attacks
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Increased violent behavior
  • Mania
  • Unusual changes in mood

If you or your child has taken Lamictal and has experienced any of the adverse side effects listed above, please contact us today. Lamictal is a very dangerous drug that should be discussed with your doctor. It is important that you do not stop taking Lamictal before speaking with your doctor. It should also be noted that suicidal thoughts and actions may occur because of other reasons, so discuss your concerns with your physician before taking any action regarding the use of Lamictal.


Contact Wormington & Bollinger Today

Lamictal lawyers at Wormington & Bollinger are prepared to work hard and fight for the rights of those who have been affected by the use of the dangerous drug. We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure you receive the justice and compensation you deserve for your suffering. To learn more about how Lamictal is connected to suicidal thoughts or to set up a consultation with one of our attorneys today, please contact us.