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Lamotrigine - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Last Updated on Oct 25, 2010
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Information about Lamotrigine

Generic Name : Lamotrigine
Pronunciation : la-MOE-tri-jeen
Latest prescription information about Lamotrigine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y46.6 | Therapeutic Classification : Anticonvulsants
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Lamotrigine

India : 

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International : 

Lamictal , Lamictal XR
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Why is Lamotrigine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an anticonvulsant agent, prescribed for epilepsy and bipolar disorder either alone or combined with other medications. In epilepsy it is used for partial seizures, primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures, and generalized seizures of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. It stabilizes electrical activity in the brain. 
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When should Lamotrigine not be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Lamotrigine?

The dose varies depending on the age of the patient and whether he/she takes any other medications for seizures.

How should Lamotrigine be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken once or twice a day with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Lamotrigine?

Patient may develop Multiorgan Hypersensitivity Reactions, Organ Failure, suicidal thoughts with symptoms of panic attacks, agitation or restlessness, new or worsening irritability, anxiety, depression, acting on dangerous impulses, difficulty falling or staying asleep, aggressive, angry, or violent behavior, if it so, consult with your healthcare provider immediately.

• It may make you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

• Avoid abrupt withdrawal unless severe skin reactions have developed.

• Monitor body weight of patients (especially children) who are taking this medication.

• It may cause liver or kidney damage.

• Caution needed for elderly, liver or kidney impairment, Parkinson’s disease, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

What are the side effects of Lamotrigine?

  Most Common: Adult: Rash, dizziness, headache, lack of coordination, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, drowsiness, and nose inflammation.
Children: Vomiting, infection, fever, accidental injury, inflammation of pharynx, abdominal pain and tremor.
  Body as Whole: Fever, abdominal pain and neck pain.
  Gastrointestinal: Diarrhea, indigestion, constipation and loss of appetite.
  Musculoskeletal: Joint/muscle pain.
  Eye: Double vision.
  Genitourinary: Painful menstruation, inflammation of vagina and absence of menstrual period.
  Potentially Fatal: Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis.

What are the other precautions for Lamotrigine?

Patient may develop with life threatening allergic reactions.
It could cause decrease in blood counts.

What are the storage conditions for Lamotrigine?

Oral: Store below 30°C. Store it at room temperature. Keep this medication in an airtight container, and out of reach of children.
Learn more about Lamotrigine's interaction with Alcohol



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