05/12/08 #8 - Long-term use of Zonegran? Rash from lithium?

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    I have been a migraine suffer since my teenage years. I am now 49. I have been on Zonegran 200 mg. nightly for 10 months I am now off of it. Now I have been put on Lithium 300 mg. nightly. I was told that I couldn't stay on Zonegran long term, but it works so well. Do you why it can't be used long term? And I have developed a rash since taking Lithium and can't get my doctor to call me back and talk to me to see if it might be the Lithium causing the rash. Do you know if Lithium can cause an itchy rash? Thanks Lisa.





    Dear Lisa;


    I have no reason to think that Zonegran cannot be used long-term. I had the first information in the world’s literature on using it for migraines and headaches and have had patients on it for as long as it has been on the market. So, I’m confused. I personally hate lithium and never use it. I feel it is a very problematic medicine with a lot of side effects and lots of need to monitor laboratories. Certainly, I have seen rashes due to lithium. I sincerely hope you’ll seek out a migraine and headache expert for better advice.

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Published On: April 28, 2008