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Lamotrigine

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Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: LaMICtal®;LaMICtal® ODTT;LaMICtal® XRT
    • Brand Names: Canada: Apo-Lamotrigine®;Lamictal®;Mylan-Lamotrigine;Novo-Lamotrigine;PMS-Lamotrigine;ratio-Lamotrigine;Teva-Lamotrigine
    • Mexican Brand Names: Lamdra SBK;Lamictal;Protalgine
    • Pharmacologic Category: Anticonvulsant, Miscellaneous

    Uses
    • It is used to stop or control seizures.
    • It is used to treat manic low mood (depression).
    • Lamotrigine helps clear thinking.
    • It calms the brain.
    • It helps steady mood.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Take as you have been told, even if you are feeling better.
    • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
    • Long-acting tablet: Swallow it whole. Do not chew, break, or crush it.
    • Chewable dispersible tablet:
    • It may be swallowed whole, chewed, or mixed in water or fruit juice.
    • If chewed, drink a little water or fruit juice to help swallow.
    • You may break up tablet by adding liquid to cover tablet in a glass or spoon. Wait at least 1 minute until fully broken up, then mix and drink.
    • Oral-disintegrating tablet: Place on your tongue and let it melt. Water is not needed. Do not swallow it whole. Do not chew, break, or crush it.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from light.
    • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Very bad rashes have been reported. Children may be most likely to get these. Most happen within a few weeks of starting this drug but some show up after months of use. Talk with your doctor right away if you get a rash.
    • Please read the medication guide.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to lamotrigine or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

    Precautions

    • Wear disease medical alert ID (identification).
    • Do not run out of this drug.
    • Follow laws about driving with a seizure problem.
    • If you have been taking this drug for many weeks, talk with your doctor before stopping. You may want to slowly stop this drug.
    • If you have kidney disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have mental illness, talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • You may not be alert. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Avoid beer, wine, mixed drinks, or other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
    • Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist often.
    • Birth control pills and other hormone-based birth control may not work to stop pregnancy. Use some other kind of birth control while taking this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred eyesight, or a change in thinking clearly. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over a few minutes when sitting or lying down. Be careful climbing.
    • Change in balance.
    • Headache.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Signs of low mood (depression), thoughts of killing yourself, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, thinking that is not normal, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.
    • Signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.5°F (38°C) or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Very bad headache.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • If seizures are worse or not the same after starting this drug.
    • Very bad muscle pain or weakness.
    • Neck stiffness.
    • Sudden change in eyesight.
    • Dark urine or yellow skin or eyes.
    • Any bruising or bleeding.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
    • Copyright © 1978-2010 Lexi-Comp Inc. All rights reserved.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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