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.
Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Inderal (Propranolol) is good for treating many heart problems and other problems in the body, but it has more side effects than other beta blockers. You can't miss doses.
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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.
› A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
› A first-choice treatment for heart failure, heart attack, heart valve disorders, and abnormal heart rhythm.
› Also treats and prevents many non-heart problems, such as tremors, anxiety, migraines, and liver disease symptoms.
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.
› Taking a beta blocker might make you feel more tired or out of breath during exercise or normal daily routines. This gets better for most people, but for some might not go away.
› Has more side effects than some beta blockers because it crosses into the brain and central nervous system.
› Not a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure according to the latest guidelines, except if you have heart failure or heart disease. As a second choice, your doctor might add it to medicines you're already taking if your blood pressure is still too high.
› Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you're diabetic.
› You can't miss doses. Stopping Propranolol suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
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.
› Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
› Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
› Can cause insomnia and fatigue.
› Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.