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Doctor insights on: Coming Off Lamictal

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What is lamictal?

What is lamictal?

Anticonvulsant: Lamictal (lamotrigine) is a sodium channel blocker acting on the central nervous system. This reduces transmission of electrical discharges in the brain to reduce seizure propagation. This drug also is a mood stabilizer useful in bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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Lamictal (Definition)

Lamictal (lamotrigine) is an anti-epileptic medication, also called an anticonvulsant. Lamictal is used either alone or in combination with other medications to treat epileptic seizures ...Read more


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Best time of day to take lamictal?

Best time of day to take lamictal?

Lamictal: That is based on your doctor's recommendation. I use the once a day dosing as one every day with dinner, & the twice daily as one with breakfast & one with dinner. ...Read more

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Is there an alternative to lamictal?

Yes: Lamictal is primarily an anti-epileptic drug which is also utilized in psychiatry. Numerous other drugs exist within this class, and if you are taking the drug and it seems ineffective or adverse events are present, your doctor could easiiy change to another medication. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: lamictal?

See below: Lamictal (lamotrigine) is an anti-epileptic medication, also called an anticonvulsant. Lamictal is used either alone or in combination with other medications to treat epileptic seizures in adults and children. ...Read more

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How long does lamictal usually take to kick in?

Weeks: Depending on whether the medication is taken for mood disorders or neurologic/seizure disorders, the onset can take weeks. It's best to talk to your neurologist or mental health provider for specifics in your circumstance. ...Read more

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How quickly can you feel the effects of lamictal?

Within a few weeks: Usually Lamictal is started at a low dose and titrated up slowly over 4-5 weeks. Side effects can occur within days, whereas benefits may take a few weeks. ...Read more

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I'm starting lamictal, what should I expect next?

Don't expect an: Immediate response because you must build up the dose over time. It can be very effective. There is a black box warning for stevens johnson syndrome. ...Read more

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Lamotrigine (Definition)

Lamotrigine is employed to treat psychiatric problems, and epilepsy. It is one of many meds that can help multiple ...Read more