Lamotrigine: use & side effects

I’ve been taking Lamotrigine, as Lamictal for over two years now. I have never gotten a rash because of it, nor any other serious side effects.

I get my information on all the drugs I take, have taken and could take from:

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In my opinion the website and the information is really reliable and helpful.

Here the most important facts on Lamotrigine.

What is Lamotrigine?

Lamictal (lamotrigine) is an anti-epileptic medication, also called an anticonvulsant.

Lamictal is used either alone or in combination with other medications to treat epileptic seizures in adults and children. Lamotrigine is also used to delay mood episodes in adults with bipolar disorder (manic depression).

The immediate-release form of Lamictal (regular tablet and orally disintegrating tablet) can be used in children as young as 2 years old when it is given as part of a combination of seizure medications. However, this form should not be used as a single medication in a child or teenager who is younger than 16 years old.

The extended-release form of lamotrigine (Lamictal XR) is for use only in adults and children who are at least 13 years old.

What is Lamotrigine used for?

Treating certain types of seizures. It may be used alone or with other medicines. It may also be used to delay the occurrence of mood problems in certain patients with bipolar disorder. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Lamotrigine is an anticonvulsant. Exactly how it works is not known.

What are  the possible side effects of Lamotrigine?

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these MOST COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Blurred or double vision; constipation; decreased coordination; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; headache; nausea; painful menstrual periods; runny or stuffy nose; stomach upset or pain; tiredness; trouble sleeping; vomiting; weakness; weight loss.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); absent menstrual period or other menstrual changes; calf pain or tenderness; chest pain; dark urine; difficult or painful urination; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; new or worsening mental or mood changes (eg, anxiety, depression, restlessness, irritability, panic attacks, behavior changes); new or worsening seizures; pale stools; reddened, blistered, swollen, or peeling skin; severe muscle pain or tenderness; severe or persistent dizziness or stomach pain; shortness of breath; sores in the mouth or around the eyes; suicidal thoughts or attempts; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet; swollen lymph glands; tremor; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual weakness or tiredness; vaginal itching or discharge; vision changes; yellowing of the eyes or skin.

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This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider.

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