Lamictal

Lamictal Medication Information:

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Lamictal 5 mg
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Lamictal 50 mg
Lamictal 100 mg
Lamictal 150 mg
Lamictal 200 mg

Lamictal General Information

Lamictal is generally prescribed for the treatment of epilepsy as well as bi-polar disorder. It is often given in conjunction with other drugs for complete treatment of these two severe disorders.

How does Lamictal work?

When taken daily Lamictal is a drug that is thought to restore balance. The balance that it restores consists of the neurotransmitters in the brain. When the drug has been in your system long enough, your system begins to find its balance in part because of the drug interaction with your brain and your episodes of epilepsy will decrease. The episode of mood swings for bi-polar disease will decrease as well when taken for that disorder. Like many drugs, you have to take it regularly for period of time for your brain to get use to influx and then level off to a new balance point.

When/How is Lamictal taken/used/applied?

This drug is a preventative. You take it even when you are asymptomatic. The dosage is based on your weight as well as what other drugs you might be taking. You do not take it when you are feeling an episode, rather you take it each day as a normal preventative regiment to eliminate or reduce the epilepsy occurrences before they begin. It works the same way with bi-polar disorder. This drug is taken in pill form. Depending on the age of the patient, the choice of pill style is different. For instance, younger kids do better with the dssolvable pill or the chewable.

Side Effects of Lamictal

Although Lamictal has a great track record in the treatment of epilepsy one of the most common side effects is skin rashes. These rashes can be severe enough to require hospitalization. Less than 1% of the patients taking the medication, it is often severe for those that are impacted in this manner. Other side effects to be aware of are withdrawal seizures, suicidal behavior, hypersensitivity, dizziness, headache, blurred vision and nausea. As with many drugs there is a substantial list of side effects other than these that you should make yourself aware of.

Other Brand Names for Lamictal:

Lamictal is known as such or generically known as Lamotrigine

Safety Information:

Of course you should not take Lamictal if you are allergic to Lamotrigine. You also should let your doctor know if you get pregnant. Estrogen in oral contraceptives tends to lessen the effectiveness of the drug so let you doctor know if you take these drugs. No child under the age of 2 years old should take this drug unless directed by a physician. Anyone over the age of 65 should work closely with their doctor to determine if this is a good drug selection for them.

Dosage:

  • Tablets: 25 mg, 100 mg, 150 mg, 200 mg
  • Chewable Dispersible Tablets: 2 mg, 5 mg, 25 mg
  • Orally Disintegrating Tablets: 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg, 200 mg

Visual Description:

Lamictal is distributed in pill form. Tablets are available in 25 mg to 200 mg and are shield shaped with "LAMICTAL" and the dosage on them. Chewable Tablets are different shapes and come in 2mg to 25 mg dosage. Orally Disintegrating tables come in 25 mg to 200 mg. They are round, flat face and say "LMT" on one side and the dosage on the other.

What is LAMICTAL

LAMICTAL, the brand name for lamotrigine, has been prescribed to you/your child to control your/their epilepsy. Please follow your doctor's recommendations carefully.


Before Taking LAMICTAL

Please inform your doctor if you/your child:

  • Ever had an unusual or allergic reaction to LAMICTAL.

  • Are/is allergic to any component of LAMICTAL tablets.

  • If you or your child ever had a rash during previous treatment with lamotrigine or with any other antiepileptic drug.

  • Are/is pregnant or are planning to become pregnant. One reason for this is that a study has reported a risk of cleft lip or cleft palate associated with the use of LAMICTAL in the first few months of pregnancy.

  • Are/is breast-feeding (nursing).

  • Are/is taking any other prescription or over-the-counter medicine, including birth control pills or other female hormonal products.

  • Have/has liver or kidney disease, or other medical conditions.

  • Consume alcohol on a regular basis.


How to Take LAMICTAL

  • It is very important that you/your child take LAMICTAL exactly as your doctor instructed.

  • Your doctor may increase or decrease your/your child’s medication according to your/their specific needs. Carefully follow the instructions you were given. Do not change the dose yourself.

  • Do not stop taking your medication abruptly, because your/your child’s seizures may increase.

  • If you/your child happen to miss a dose, do not try to make up for it by doubling up on the dose next time. Just take/give the next regularly scheduled dose and try not to miss any more.

  • LAMICTAL may be taken with or without food.

  • Consult your doctor before taking/giving your child any other medication, including over-the-counter medicines. Some drugs can produce various side-effects when they are used in combination with LAMICTAL.

  • Do not start or stop using birth control pills or other female hormonal products, without consulting with your doctor.

  • Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you experience changes in your menstrual pattern (e.g., break-through bleeding) while taking LAMICTAL and birth control pills or other female hormonal products.

  • It is important to keep your/your child’s appointments for medical checkups.

  • The Chewable/Dispersible tablets may be chewed, dissolved in liquid or swallowed whole. Do not split the tablets. If you/your child chew the tablet, make sure that you/your child drinks a little bit of water or diluted fruit juice to help swallow the tablet. To dissolve the tablet(s), place in a glass and add a small amount of water or diluted fruit juice (about 1 teaspoon or just enough liquid to cover the tablet(s)). Wait until the tablet(s) are dissolved (takes about 1 minute), swirl the solution and drink the entire amount immediately.


Precautions While Taking LAMICTAL

  • If you/your child develop fever, rash, swollen lymph nodes, hives, sore mouth, sore eyes or swelling of lips or tongue, particularly in the first six weeks of therapy, contact your doctor immediately.

  • Your doctor will monitor your/your child’s response to LAMICTAL on a regular basis. However, if your/your child’s seizures get worse, tell your doctor immediately.

  • Different side-effects have been reported by patients taking LAMICTAL. These effects were generally mild and included dizziness, headaches, double vision (diplopia), poor coordination (ataxia), nausea, blurred vision, sleepiness/drowsiness (somnolence), nasal congestion (rhinitis), and rash. However, this does not mean that you/your child will experience such effects, because people can react in different ways to the same medicine.

  • If you/your child experience dizziness, blurred vision, poor coordination, headaches, drowsiness, or similar effects, it is very important that you/your child do not perform any hazardous tasks such as driving or operating machinery. Consult your doctor.

  • If you notice the following group of symptoms together: fever, nausea, vomiting, headache, stiff neck and extreme sensitivity to bright light, contact your doctor as soon as possible. These symptoms may be caused by an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord (meningitis).

  • If you/your child notice any bothersome or unusual effects while taking LAMICTAL check with your doctor or pharmacist right away.

  • Do not stop taking/giving LAMICTAL unless directed by your doctor. Always check that you have an adequate supply of LAMICTAL. Remember that this medicine was prescribed only for you/your child; never give it to anyone else.

  • If you or your child have any thoughts of harming yourself or himself/herself, or committing suicide while taking LAMICTAL, tell your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital.


What to Do in Case of an Overdose

If you/your child accidentally take an overdose of LAMICTAL, contact your doctor or the nearest hospital emergency, even though you/your child may not feel sick.


What Do LAMICTAL Tablets Contain

LAMICTAL tablets contain lamotrigine and the following nonmedicinal ingredients: cellulose, lactose, magnesium stearate, povidone, sodium starch glycolate, and the following coloring agents:

  • 25 mg (white tablets): None

  • 100 mg (peach tablets): Sunset Yellow FCF Lake

  • 150 mg (cream tablets): Ferric Oxide, Yellow

The Chewable/Dispersible tablets (2 and 5 mg) contain lamotrigine and the following nonmedicinal ingredients: aluminum magnesium silicate, blackcurrant flavour, calcium carbonate, hydroxypropylcellulose, magnesium stearate, povidone, saccharin sodium and sodium starch glycollate.


Lamictal Facts

Clinical trials for LAMICTAL were considered landmark, and involved more than 1,300 patients over a period of 18 months.

Bipolar disorder is the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting about eight million people.

LAMICTAL ranks among the top 60 prescription medications in the world and reported 2008 net sales of $1.3 billion in the U.S.

LAMICTAL is the first medication since lithium to be approved by the FDA for the treatment of bipolar disorder.

 

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