Detoxing from a drug can be an extremely hard experience. Withdrawal from drug use, legal drugs, or illegal drugs, is a physical and psychological reaction to not having the drug in your system anymore.

Detoxing is the process in which the drug leaves your body, the drug is considered toxic. Once the withdrawal sets in, the detox begins. Detoxing is not a bad thing. It is simply a difficult time for your mental state and your physical state As you move through getting the drugs out of your body.

Regardless of what kind of drug, you can experience detox symptoms and withdrawal. Some drugs have harder withdrawal symptoms and others have smaller ones. a lot of withdrawal symptoms and detox symptoms rely on the drug that you were using, how long you were using the drug for, and what your mental state is.

The longer you use a drug the harder the withdrawal symptoms will be. This is because your body has become so accustomed to the drug being in its system that it cannot imagine how to operate without it. For those people who have been on a drug for a shorter time, withdrawal can be a little bit easier. Either way, withdrawal, and detoxification are difficult processes.

Lamictal is a drug primarily used as a mood stabilizer. Lamictal is classified as an anticonvulsant drug and is also used for treating seizures and epilepsy. It can be used alone or with other drugs to treat mood disorders and epilepsy.

Lamictal Withdrawal Symptoms & Side-Effects

As with any type of prescription drug,  he will likely experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking Lamictal. There are a variety of different withdrawal symptoms that you can experience during this time. The following are several of the most common withdrawal symptoms for Lamictal.

  • Moody swings
  • Anger, irritability, and hostility
  • Inability to focus
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Migraines or headaches
  • Aches and pains around your body
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions

As you can see the withdrawal symptoms for Lamictal are not easy to deal with. Many of these side effects are extreme and can have a profound impact on a person’s life during this time.

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It is very important that while you are dealing with withdrawal symptoms from Lamictal you have a support group or a person who can help you through this. A support system of people you love and trust is a key to getting through the symptoms of withdrawal and detox for Lamictal.

Whether you are taking Lamictal legally or illegally, make sure that you are relying on those around you to help comfort you through this. It is okay to confess to people that you are struggling, especially when it comes to detoxing from a drug.

Many people feel like they cannot confess that they are struggling with withdrawal and detoxification to those around them. Our society has created a terrible stigma around withdrawal, addiction, and detox where we treat those on drugs for addiction to drugs like they are second-class citizens.

This is, of course, a terrible aspect of our society and needs to be fixed. 

Some of the more extreme or severe symptoms of withdrawal from Lamictal are as follows.

  • Anemia
  • Liver issues
  • Coughing 
  • Digestive issues
  • Pancreatitis

Withdrawal Symptoms Timeline For Detoxing Off Lamictal

Detoxing off of Lamictal looks different for everybody, but there are several common milestones that you will hit during your detox. 

Because Lamictal is a medicine that is used to treat epilepsy, reducing the dosage or stopping altogether can cause seizures. For some people, it is recommended that they slowly decrease the dosage over several months to reduce the risk of deadly or harmful seizures.

In this case, the withdrawal and detox of Lamictal will not be as extreme as the withdrawal and detox experienced by people taking Lamictal for a mood disorder.


For those who are taking Lamictal for bipolar disorder or other mood disorders, generally, stop taking your medication without reducing the dose. Of course, You should not be making decisions about your medication or your dosage without talking to your psychiatrist or your general practitioner doctor.

Once you begin to lower your dosage or you stop your dosage altogether, you will begin to feel the withdrawal symptoms that were listed earlier in the article. As you navigate the physical withdrawal symptoms that we discussed earlier, you will also begin to feel these psychological effects of withdrawal.

The psychological effects of withdrawal typically hit a couple of days after the physical effects. This is when your body may begin to crave the medication. This does not happen to everybody. Not everyone will crave the medication. Others might feel like something is missing from their life.

After your last dose of Lamictal, you typically have to spend about 14 days completely clean of the drug to finish detoxing. During those 14 days, you will experience most, if not all, of the symptoms of withdrawal.

The first days of the withdrawal are the hardest. This is when the half-life of Lamictal begins to detox out of your body and your bodily functions begin to reset. The reason that these days are the hardest is that your body is reverting to its natural state of being, which it has not been in for quite some time.

If you were experiencing side effects of taking the drug, you may feel side effects up to 5 days after you stop taking the medication. This is because the drug builds up in your body over time as you take it. This is how it works to fight seizures and mood disorders. It remains in your bloodstream consistently to do its job.

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One of the best ways to reduce the symptoms of withdrawal and detox is to gently taper off your dosage. As stated earlier, many people using Lamictal as an anti-seizure medication will gradually lower their dosage until they are off the medication completely. For those using it for mood disorders, many people will quit cold turkey which is why they often get worse withdrawal and detox symptoms.

If you want to avoid the worst symptoms of withdrawal, then make sure to gently taper off your dosage. You can do this regardless of whether you are taking it for a mood disorder or seizures. Please make sure that you clear this with your psychiatrist or your health care professional before making this decision.

How To Mitigate Lamictal Withdrawal Symptoms & Detox Safely

Lowering or reducing the chances of having severe withdrawal symptoms is fairly simple. The first and most important way to reduce withdrawal symptoms is to stay healthy. Things that nourish your mind, body and soul are going to be incredibly important at this time.

This is a great time to start exercising more, drinking more water, meditating, practicing gratitude, getting outside, getting fresh air, connecting with friends and family, and relying on your social networks for support during this time. You do not have to completely reset your lifestyle, but adding in more healthy habits is a great way to balance out the negative experience of withdrawal over the 2 weeks.

Water is incredibly important as well.  Our bodies are nearly 70% water. Water plays a huge role in keeping everything in our bodies functioning properly. During your detox, water plays a very important part. Water is one of the ways our body flushes out toxins throughout the day, so while you are detoxing water is going to help clear your body quicker. Hydration can also help mitigate some of the other symptoms like headaches, fatigue, aches and pains, and other physical ailments.

The best way to reduce withdrawal symptoms altogether is to gently and gradually reduce your dosage of line and crawl over time. There is no way to avoid withdrawal symptoms altogether, However, when you gradually reduce your dosage over time you spread out the withdrawal symptoms so they don’t hit you all at once.

This means you may feel slightly off for a month or two as you slow down your dosage. However, you avoid feeling 100% of the withdrawal symptoms all at once. It will be a percentage of withdrawal symptoms each day, every day for a few months. Generally, people find that easier than 2 weeks of full withdrawal and detox.

If you or a loved one is going through Lamictal withdrawal, please reach out to us and our professional and trained staff at Infinity Recovery. Here we have a wide variety of educated staff ready to help guide drug users through withdrawal and detox. We understand that this is a difficult trial in a person’s life and that they cannot do it by themselves. Get the help that you need and deserve by reaching out today and start living your life free from drugs and other controlling substances.

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