Prescribed to control some types of seizures that may result due to epilepsy and treat bipolar disorder, Lamotrigine is meant for oral consumption. The drug is available in the form of regular tablets that have to be swallowed, tablets that can be chewed or those that dissolve in the mouth. Extended release tablets are also available.
Before starting the medication you should be aware of some of the common side effects of Lamotrigine. They are-
- feeling sleepy, or insomnia
- headache, which may be accompanied with blurred or double vision
- back pain
- runny nose, sore throat and fever
- skin rashes
Some serious side effects of Lamotrigine include rashes that can result in sores or blisters, multi-organ hypersensitivity which can lead to fever, acute pain in the muscles and yellowing of the skin. Behavioral changes may also result, which may include suicidal thoughts, panic attacks, anger, aggressiveness and restlessness.
Patients should inform their doctor about the medication that they are already taking for other health problems before starting Lamotrigine. This is because certain drugs interfere with the effectiveness of Lamotrigine. for instance oral contraceptives reduces the level of Lamotrigine, thus affecting the action of the drug. HIV drugs as well as tuberculosis medicines have the same effect on Lamotrigine.
The dosage of the drug prescribed may vary from individual to individual depending on the age, health condition, severity of the health problem, and reaction to the initial dose. Initially the doctor may begin with a 25 mg dose and increase it gradually. A dosage up to 300 mg can be taken according to the reaction to the medicine. In case of liver of kidney problems the doctor may prescribe the drug after conducting a thorough medical check-up.
Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Psychiatrist before using this medicine.
Blurred or double visionMajor Common
Loss of coordinationMajor Common
Depressed moodMajor Less Common
ConfusionMajor Less Common
Swelling of face, lips, eyelids, tongue, hands and feetMajor Less Common
Flu-like symptomsMajor Less Common
Nausea or VomitingMinor Common
DiarrheaMinor Less Common
Running NoseMinor Less Common
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