Lamictal Side Effects
| lamotrigine side effects
and adverse reactions include the following:
- sensitivity to sunlight
- rash (sometimes serious)
- problems thinking
- skin problems
- loss of hearing
- dry mouth
- worsening depression symptoms
- body ache
- yellowing of the skin and eyes
- swelling of the face, eyes, lips, or tongue
- swollen lymph nodes
- bruising or bleeding
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| lamotrigine side effects
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Warnings & Recalls for Lamictal
Tell your doctor about the following before undergoing treatment with Lamictal | lamotrigine for your epilepsy or bipolar depression:
- liver problems
- kidney problems
- heart disease
- disorders of the blood
- allergies you have to any food or medicine
- if you are pregnant, nursing, or are considering becoming pregnant
Lamictal | lamotrigine may cause serious rash or skin problems that may be life threatening. Be sure to tell your doctor if you begin to develop a rash, peeling skin, or blistering.
This medication is not recommended for children under 10 years old due to the risk of severe Lamictal liver damage
. This risk is especially high in mentally retarded children.
Lamictal Treatment and Use
Lamictal | lamotrigine is a drug marketed by GlaxoSmithKline that is used to treat:
- focal seizure in epileptic patients
- primary and secondary tonic-clonic seizures in epileptic patients
- seizures that come as a result of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome
- bipolar disorder
Off label, Lamictal | lamotrigine is also used as a treatment for depression.
How does Lamictal | lamotrigine work?
Lamictal | lamotrigine is part of a class of antiepileptic medications known as sodium channel blocking agents. Lamictal’s method of treating epileptic seizures and depression is not entirely understood. Lamictal prevents abnormal activity from spreading to other parts of the brain by affecting sodium channels. It is believed that this action helps Lamictal | lamotrigine to control seizures in epileptic patients and keep bipolar depression under control.
Lamictal side effects
Lamitcal | lamotrigine may cause adverse reactions and side effects. Especially serious is the risk of Lamictal rash which may result in hospitalization or death. Speak to your doctor about the risk of rash with Lamictal | lamotrigine before being treated with this medication. For more information, visit the “side effects” and “warnings” tabs at the top of the page.
Lamictal for epilepsy and bipolar depression comes in the following forms:
- extended release tablet (taken twice a day)
- orally disintegrated tablet
- coated tablet
- chewable form (can be chewed or dissolved in liquid)
These various versions of Lamictal are taken once or twice daily, with or without food. Dosing and titration for this medication can be complicated. If you are unsure of how to take Lamictal | lamotrigine, be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Important to note: Though rare, Lamictal has been confused in some pharmacies with other medications. Be sure to double check that you have the correct medicine before taking. If you are unsure, ask your doctor or pharmacist.