Compare Briviact vs. Lamictal

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Briviact (brivaracetam)

Prescription only

Lamictal (Lamotrigine)

Prescription only
Prevents seizures.

Briviact (brivaracetam) is good at lowering the number of seizures, but it can be very expensive. You have to take it along with other anti-seizure medicines.

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.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 184 reviewsforLamictal
Upsides
  • Briviact (brivaracetam) can help provide seizure relief if you’re already taking 1 or 2 other anti-seizure medicines and still having seizures.
  • 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.
Downsides
  • Not available as generic, so it will be expensive.
  • Must take Briviact (brivaracetam) two times a day.
  • Similar to other antiepileptic medicines, taking Briviact (brivaracetam) increases risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior.
  • There’s no added benefit from Briviact (brivaracetam) if you’re already on an anti-seizure medicine called Keppra (levetiracetam).
  • 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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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Chewable tablet
  • Dissolving tablet
Price
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Reviews
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184 reviews so far
66%
saidit'sworth it
58%
saiditworked well
18%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
7possible side effects
  • Feeling sleepy and falling asleep
    16%
  • Dizziness
    12%
  • Fatigue
    9%
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
    5%
  • Balance problems
    3%
  • Irritability
    3%
  • Constipation
    2%
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36possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    38%
  • Headache
    28%
  • Diplopia
    28%
  • Ataxia
    22%
  • Nausea
    19%
  • Blurred vision
    16%
  • Somnolence
    14%
  • Rhinitis
    14%
  • Pharyngitis
    10%
  • Rash
    10%
  • Vomiting
    9%
  • Cough increased
    8%
  • Flu syndrome
    7%
  • Dysmenorrhea
    7%
  • Fever
    6%
  • Diarrhea
    6%
  • Incoordination
    6%
  • Insomnia
    6%
  • Abdominal pain
    5%
  • Dyspepsia
    5%
  • Constipation
    4%
  • Tremor
    4%
  • Depression
    4%
  • Anxiety
    4%
  • Vaginitis
    4%
  • Convulsion
    3%
  • Irritability
    3%
  • Speech disorder
    3%
  • Pruritus
    3%
  • Vision abnormality
    3%
  • Neck pain
    2%
  • Reaction aggravated (seizure exacerbation)
    2%
  • Anorexia
    2%
  • Arthralgia
    2%
  • Concentration disturbance
    2%
  • Amenorrhea
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
    • History of mood problems
    • Currently untreated mood problems
  • Changes in alertness and coordination
  • Mood changes
  • Serious allergic reactions
  • Withdrawal seizures
    • Suddenly stopping Briviact (brivaracetam)
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  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior
    • History of depression
  • Serious skin rash
    • People also taking Depakote
    • Taking more than the prescribed dose
    • Increasing the dose too quickly
  • Serious allergic reactions
  • Blood disorders
  • Meningitis
  • Interactions with birth control pills
    • Taking birth control pills
  • Withdrawal seizures
    • Stopping Lamictal (Lamotrigine) suddenly
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