Does lamotrigine increase meningitis risks?

It is possible that the epilepsy drug lamotrigine (Lamictal) could increase the risk for aseptic meningitis, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Meningitis is inflammation of the thin tissue (meninges) surrounding the brain and spinal cord. If you're taking lamotrigine to prevent seizures, tell your doctor if you have symptoms such as:
  • headache
  • fever 
  • chills
  • stiff neck
  • nausea and vomiting
  • rash
  • sensitivity to light
If you do develop meningitis, the faster you begin treatment, the better. Discuss the benefits and risks of lamotrigine, including the possible risk of meningitis, with your doctor.

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