Hi Chelle (and Nestchick -- and anyone else on Lamictal or about to go on it!) --
You've no idea how pleased I am that you've found that book helpful. -- I know I did -- everything just began to fit in and make sense. Makes me feel better that I constantly recommend it and rattle on about how good it is!! :)
I don't think there's a problem with itchiness occurring because of Lamictal. From what I've read, many get a slight rash (the product info says there's a 1 in 10 chance of getting *some* kind of rash -- not necessarily *the* rash that causes all the concern, just *a* rash), and that should be discussed with your pdoc, but that mostly this is just mild (e.g. some itching) and not the serious rash that warrants real concern. What I've never known is whether or not that mild rash disappears in time: nowhere seems to specify! I do know that, unless the itchy rash is accompanied by fever, it's not considered a cause for worry.
That said, I know only too well that anxiety and suggestion can cause symptoms, and it may be that just knowing that the med is associated with a rash has caused you to itch (like when someone talks to me about nits and my head suddenly starts itching -- and even writing this I can feel little sensations! lol). If it's just itching, and no actual visual sign of a rash, then this may well be the cause.
I've found a really interesting write-up on this on the following webpage -- really reassuring (and quite amusing too!): http://www.crazymeds.org/lamictal.html
When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded...********************
Thanks Nestchick and Rosie-
Rosie-you were the one who told me about the book. I'm really liking it. I'm also going to visit all those web sites you gave me. In fact, that's where I'm heading right now.
Thanks again guys.