Does nausea from Lamictal go away? 

Does nausea from Lamictal go away?

Yes, Lamictal-induced nausea goes away within a few days as your treatment continues. Nausea is one of the most commonly reported side effects of this medication, especially in people who are new to Lamictal. 

Your body can take some time to adjust to medications that can affect your brain. Once your body is adjusted, these early side effects begin to fade away. Some people take longer to recover, but most take a week or two to get rid of them. 

Talk to your healthcare provider if you feel severely nauseous and throw up frequently. Lamictal may not suit every individual. If Lamictal is not the right choice of medication for you, your doctor will most likely switch you to another one. 

Make sure you don’t stop using Lamictal without your doctor’s approval. This medicine has mood-stabilizing properties and stopping it abruptly can cause withdrawal side effects. 

The incidence of Lamictal-induced nausea

The incidence of Lamictal-induced nausea can vary among individuals. Research suggests that nausea is a relatively common side effect of Lamictal, affecting a significant number of people who take the medication.

The exact mechanism behind this side effect is not fully understood, but it is believed to be related to the influence of Lamictal on certain brain chemicals, including serotonin and glutamate. (1,2)

These chemical changes may affect the functioning of the digestive system, leading to nausea. It’s important to discuss any persistent or severe nausea with your healthcare provider.

What to do if Lamictal causes nausea? 

Give your body some time to adjust if you’re new to Lamictal and it makes you nauseous. Your doctor may recommend medications such as antiemetics, which are specifically designed to alleviate nausea. 

These medications work by targeting the receptors in the brain and gastrointestinal tract that are involved in the sensation of nausea and vomiting. 

Examples of commonly prescribed antiemetics include Ondansetron, Metoclopramide, and Promethazine. It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the most appropriate medication for your specific situation.

Non-pharmacological ways to manage nausea

Nausea can be managed with some non-pharmacological home remedies. These include:

  • Ginger: Ginger has been used for centuries to alleviate nausea. You can try consuming ginger in various forms, such as ginger tea, ginger candies, or ginger capsules (3).
  • Relaxation techniques: Stress and anxiety can exacerbate feelings of nausea. Practising relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, or yoga may help reduce nausea symptoms.
  • Acupressure: Applying pressure to specific points on the body, such as the wrist (known as P6 or Nei Guan point), can help relieve nausea. Acupressure bands that stimulate this point are available over the counter. (4)
  • Hydration: Staying hydrated is essential in managing nausea. Sip on clear fluids like water, herbal teas, or electrolyte drinks to prevent dehydration.
  • Eating small, frequent meals: Consuming small, light meals throughout the day can be easier on your stomach and help prevent nausea. Avoid greasy, spicy, or heavy foods that may trigger or worsen nausea.
  • Fresh air: Being in a well-ventilated area or stepping outside for fresh air can sometimes alleviate nausea symptoms.

Remember, everyone’s experience with nausea is different, so it’s important to find the approach or combination of approaches that works best for you. If your nausea persists or becomes severe, it is advisable to consult a healthcare professional.

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