Prevents seizures and stabilizes mood. Lamictal (Lamotrigine) is most useful for treating severe seizure disorders, and for bipolar disorder with more depression symptoms than manic symptoms. Just be careful to increase your dose slowly to avoid skin rash. Stabilizes your mood. Norpramin (desipramine) is not a first choice for treating depression because of its effects on the heart, but it can be good if other medicines haven't worked. Reviews & ratings Everyone Men Women Filter group. All currently selected Everyone Men Women All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ Filter group. All currently selected All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ 5.11 Lamictal
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More about desipramine side effects » How it works Lamictal desipramine Lamictal (Lamotrigine) is an antiepileptic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it seems to calm nerve activity in the brain. Norpramin (desipramine) is a tricyclic antidepressant. It increases the amount of norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain, two chemicals that regulate mood. Type of medication Lamictal desipramine Prescription only Prescription only Available as Lamictal desipramine Pill Extended release Chewable tablet Dissolving tablet Used for Lamictal desipramine Risk factors for serious side effects Lamictal desipramine › History of depression › People also taking Depakote › Taking more than the prescribed dose › Increasing the dose too quickly › Taking birth control pills Detailed Lamictal (lamotrigine) risks & warnings » › People under age 24 › Tricyclic antidepressants › Fentanyl › Tramadol › Buspirone Detailed Norpramin (desipramine) risks & warnings »
Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.
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Food Lamictal desipramine › Take with food to avoid upset stomach. No food related info. Upsides and benefits Lamictal desipramine › Effective at lowering the frequency of seizures in people with epilepsy or Lennox-Gestaut syndrome. Typically used together with other medications for severe seizure disorders. › Works best for partial, tonic-clonic, and absence seizures. › A first-line treatment for bipolar disorder. Effective long-term treatment for stabilizing mood. Prevents both depressive and manic episodes, but the effect is greater for preventing depression. › Doesn't require routine blood tests. › Norpramin (desipramine) is available in generic and in many different strengths, so the dose can be more customized. › Norpramin (desipramine) has fewer side effects than similar tricyclic antidepressants. Downsides and risks Lamictal desipramine › Can cause double vision, dizziness, sleepiness, and headache. › Has the risk of a rare but life-threatening rash. › Can make hormonal birth control less effective. › Might be less effective than other medicines for treating manic episodes (acute mania) in people with bipolar disorder. › Norpramin (desipramine) isn't recommended if you or your family has heart disease, seizures, or glaucoma. › Norpramin (desipramine) isn't a first choice for depression because it has more side effects than other antidepressants. › In some people, Norpramin (desipramine) can make you sleepy. In other people, Norpramin (desipramine) can keep you awake. › If you have diabetes, Norpramin (desipramine) can make your blood sugar go up. › Not recommended in children under 12 years of age. Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication Lamictal desipramine › Follow dose adjustments set by your doctor to minimize skin rash. › Take with food to avoid upset stomach. › Report rash, blurry vision, fever, persistent headache, or neck stiffness to your doctor. › Makes hormonal birth control less effective. › Takes 4 to 6 weeks to feel full effects on mood. › Don't drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how Norpramin (desipramine) affects you since it can make you feel sleepy. › Talk to your doctor right away if your mood suddenly darkens and you want to hurt yourself while taking Norpramin (desipramine). › If you're being switched to Norpramin (desipramine) from monoamine oxidase inhibitors, you'll need to wait 2 weeks before you can start it. › Don't stop taking Norpramin (desipramine) suddenly without talking to your doctor first. Learn more More about Lamictal Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert More about desipramine Side effects Alternatives FDA package insert