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.
Treats nerve pain. Lidoderm (Lidocaine) patches work well by releasing a local anesthetic into the skin and relieving pain by targeting damaged nerves.
How it works
Lamictal (Lamotrigine) is an antiepileptic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it seems to calm nerve activity in the brain.
Lidoderm (Lidocaine) is a local anesthetic. It absorbs into your skin where it targets damaged nerves and relieves burning pain.
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› 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.
› Lidoderm (Lidocaine) can treat pain better for people who can't take oral pain medications due to allergies or bad side effects.
› Has been shown to relieve nerve pain due to shingles for up to 12 hours at a time.
› Patches can be cut into smaller pieces to best fit the areas of skin they need to be used on.
Downsides and risks
› 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.
› Can cause skin irritation after using it the first time, but for most people it's mild and goes away in a few minutes or hours.
› Used patches contain enough medicine to be dangerous to children and pets, so store and dispose of the patches in a safe place out of their reach.
› Might not be the best choice if you've had allergic reactions to numbing medications (local anesthetics) in the past.
› Even though only small amounts of Lidoderm (Lidocaine) are absorbed into the body through the skin, if you're taking medications that treat arrhythmias, Lidoderm (Lidocaine) can affect how they work.
› Patches shouldn't be left on for more than 12 hours, used on very large areas of skin, or covered with a heating pad.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› 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.
› Starts working with the first dose, but full effects can take longer.
› Remove the protective lining on the patch before applying the patch to unbroken skin.
› Leave the patch on for up to 12 hours during a 24 hour period.
› You can cut the patches to create a custom fit for the area of skin you need to apply it to.
› Don't place any tight wraps or heating pads over the patch while it's on.
› Make sure not to touch your eyes after touching the patch. Always wash your hands after putting it on or taking it off.