Michael Stewart, Reviewed by Sid Dajani | Last edited 21 Dec 2017 | Certified by The Information Standard
Arvind is prescribed to treat two different conditions - epilepsy and bipolar disorder.
Take your doses regularly. Do not stop taking Arvind unless your doctor tells you to.
You can take your doses either before or after food.
Arvind may cause a severe or life-threatening skin rash, especially in children and in people who take a very high starting dose, or those who also take valproic acid (Depakene) or divalproex (Depakote). Seek emergency medical attention if you have a skin rash, hives, blistering, peeling, or sores in your mouth or around your eyes.
Call your doctor at once if you have signs of other serious side effects, including: fever, swollen glands, severe muscle pain, bruising or unusual bleeding, yellowing of your skin or eyes, headache, neck stiffness, vomiting, confusion, or increased sensitivity to light.
Some people have thoughts about suicide while taking Arvind. Stay alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor.
It's common to get a skin rash with Arvind. Most skin rashes are not serious.
But if you develop a skin rash or redness, tell a doctor straight away, as this can develop into a life-threatening skin condition called Stevens-Johnson syndrome.
Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a rare side effect of Arvind. It causes flu-like symptoms, followed by a red or purple rash that spreads and forms blisters. The affected skin eventually dies and peels off.
It's more likely to happen in the first 8 weeks of starting Arvind, or when the dose is increased too quickly.
It can also happen if Arvind is stopped suddenly for a few days and then restarted at the same dose as before, without reducing the dose and then increasing it slowly again.
Stevens-Johnson syndrome is more common in:
- people who developed a rash with a different epilepsy medicine in the past
- people who are allergic to an antibiotic called trimethoprim
- people also taking a medicine called sodium valproate
To help prevent the chance of you getting a rash that could be confused with Stevens-Johnson syndrome, it's best to not start any new medicines, foods or products during the first 3 months of treatment with Arvind.
It's also best to not start Arvind within 2 weeks of a viral infection, vaccination or rash caused by something else.
Q: I have been taking Lamictal for seizures for quite a few years. What kind of side effects could it have on me?
A: Lamictal (Arvind) is an anticonvulsant or anti-seizure medication. It is used either alone or in combination with other medications to treat seizures, delay mood episodes in people with bipolar disorder, and to treat certain types of pain. Common side effects of Lamictal include dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, diarrhea, headache, lack of coordination, weight loss, insomnia, and unusual dreams. Other more serious side effects can occur, but are rare or less frequent. These include liver problems, a severe skin reaction, anemia, and severe mood disorders. Contact your doctor right away or seek immediate medical attention for any of these more serious side effects. Symptoms of liver problems can include nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stool, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). A serious skin reaction would involve a severe rash with blistering, peeling, and flu-like symptoms. Severe mood disorders are more common in the first 24 months of treatment and include new or worsening mood or behavior changes, depression, anxiety, agitation, hostility, restlessness, hyperactivity, or thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself. This is not a complete list of side effects that can occur with Lamictal. Sarah Lewis, PharmD
Arvind side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction (hives, difficult breathing, swelling in your face or throat) or a severe skin reaction (fever, sore throat, burning eyes, skin pain, red or purple skin rash with blistering and peeling).
If you have to stop taking Arvind because of a serious skin rash, you may not be able to take it again in the future.
Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: mood or behavior changes, depression, anxiety, or if you feel agitated, hostile, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
fever, swollen glands, weakness, severe muscle pain;
any skin rash, especially with blistering or peeling;
painful sores in your mouth or around your eyes;
headache, neck stiffness, increased sensitivity to light, nausea, vomiting, confusion, drowsiness;
jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
pale skin, cold hands and feet, easy bruising, unusual bleeding.
Common side effects may include:
blurred vision, double vision;
tremor, loss of coordination;
dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea;
fever, sore throat, runny nose;
drowsiness, tired feeling;
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.