Lamictal

(Lamotrigine)

3.7/ 5 average rating with 184 reviewsforLamictal
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Prevents seizures and stabilizes mood.

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Our bottom line

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.

Quick facts about Lamictal
  • Drug class: Neurology
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (lamotrigine)
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Upsides

  • 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.

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Downsides

  • 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.

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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.

Quick facts about Lamictal
  • Drug class: Neurology
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (lamotrigine)

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Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Chewable tablet
  • Dissolving tablet
People’s experience with Lamictal

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What to expect when you take Lamictal (Lamotrigine) for Seizures

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Side effect rates for Lamictal (Lamotrigine)

From 1130 clinical trials of Lamictal when taken for adjunctive therapy for epilepsy
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Diplopia
  • Ataxia
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Somnolence
  • Rhinitis
  • Pharyngitis
  • Rash

Risks and Warnings for Lamictal (Lamotrigine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of depression

    Lamictal (Lamotrigine) may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior. Watch for worsening depression or any unusual changes in mood or behavior, especially during the first few months of treatment or when the dose changes. Report anything concerning to a doctor immediately.

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Common concerns from people taking Lamictal (Lamotrigine)

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  • Reviewed Lamictalon 7/5/2015Has changed my life in evening out my mood- no hypo mania but kind of miss feeling more motivated. Have trouble initiating and have to take a lot of countering supplements to deal with fuzzy brain. Worsening soluble vision is a problem.
    62
    Woman
    Two years or more
    Bipolar II disorder
Food
  • Take with food to avoid upset stomach.
Kidneys and liver
  • Reviewed Lamictalon 9/21/2015Need to monitor for liver toxicity
    46
    Man
    Two years or more
    Bipolar II disorder
Sleep
  • Reviewed Lamictalon 6/23/2017If taking with anti-psychotics, separate daily dose to decrease drowsiness. Although I only take 150mg daily so drowsiness could increase at a higher dose.
    16
    Woman
    A year or so
    Bipolar II disorder
Weight
  • Reviewed Lamictalon 12/3/2016It's not known for weight gain, but coincidentally I have gained weight since taking. I'm not certain if it is due to Lamictal
    53
    Woman
    Bipolar I disorder (manic)
  • Reviewed Lamictalon 9/26/2016Played a significant role in my 20-30pound weight gain, though it doesn't bother me in the least. I would much rather keep my mental health over my looks any day.
    21
    Woman
    Bipolar I disorder (manic)
  • Reviewed Lamotrigineon 10/3/2017No weight gain issues Helps bipolar But causes memory problems. It would probably be fine if I were to stop taking it but it's 100000% worth it
    19
    Woman
    Two years or more
    Bipolar II disorder