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Lamictal (Overview)

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.


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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

Lamictal (Overview)

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.


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Please describe the medication: lamictal?

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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After abnormal EEG (spikes&slowing) I was prescribed lamictal but didn't receive a diagnosis of anything. Does the script seem premature? Is it ok to take?

After abnormal EEG (spikes&slowing) I was prescribed lamictal but didn't receive a diagnosis of anything. Does the script seem premature? Is it ok to take?

Seizures?: An abnormal eeg suggests seizures. I see that you had an MRI of the brain which can help find any other potential cause. If you have a question about the treatment you should call the doctor to ask. Lamictal is an appropriate treatment for seizures. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of having to use lamictal?

What are the side effects of having to use lamictal?

Lamictal: Rash incidence has been reported at 1 in every 1, 000 cases. Is more prevalent if patient is taking Depakote (valproic acid) due to increase level of both. Other side-effects reported are aseptic meningitis, fever, double vision, dizziness, insomnia, nightmares or vivid dreams, dry mouth/nausea/cramps, anxiety, emory problems. Incidence of these varies between patients. ...Read more

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What is lamictal used for?

What is lamictal used for?

Lamictal: It is an Anti-convulsant medication used for Epilepsy & Mood disorders (off-label). ...Read more

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Does lamictal work for diabetic seizures?

Does lamictal work for diabetic seizures?

Underlying disorder: Seizures related to diabetic hypoglycemia can also indicate an underlying seizure disorder. Those of my patients on anti seizure medication typically have epilepsy. Their seizure threshold is lowered by hypoglycemia. When seizure disorder is diagnosed in a patient with diabetes often they have seizures when glucoses aren't even terribly low. Best to prevent hypoglycemia. ...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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Is 25 mg lamictal safe for elderly?

Is 25 mg lamictal safe for elderly?

Lamictal & Elderly: 25 mg is the starting dose which may or may not provide the desired effect. Parameters such as liver and renal function, hypersensitivity reaction (especially rash); headache (aseptic meningitis), drug-drug interaction, delirium, depression & suicidal ideation should be assessed for at regular intervals. ...Read more

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Lamictal toxicity after giving birth. Complete control of seizure before birth. Can lamictal usage not work as well after? Problems last 4 years

Lamictal toxicity after giving birth. Complete control of seizure before birth. Can lamictal usage not work as well after? Problems last 4 years

Lamictal: Lamictal is a medication for use in epilepsy. The effective level of Lamictal in the blood stream can be altered by hormones including birth control pills. Women are more likely to have side effects related to Lamictal than men. See your neurologist to determine if the dosage needs to be adjusted or another anticonvulsant medication should added. ...Read more

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I forget to take my Lamotrigine often. Is it deadly to take it and skip a few days and take it and do that often? No seizures just brain zap feelings.

Possibly Bad: If you are taking lamotrigine for seizure prevention, missing doses places you at risk for recurrent seizures--which could be dangerous or even deadly depending on when they occur. I would recommend setting daily alarms on your iphone to remind you to take it when scheduled, and carrying an extra tablet or two at all times. Take care, and stay healthy! ...Read more

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Are gums that bleed easily, especially during dental cleanings, a side effect of lamictal (100 mg daily for epilepsy)?

Are gums that bleed easily, especially during dental cleanings, a side effect of lamictal (100 mg daily for epilepsy)?

Your medication: Can cause dry mouth and possibly mouth ulcers, but is not implicated specifically in gingival bleeding. The more likely cause is gingivitis resulting from inadequate oral hygiene. Plaque bacteria can cause gum bleeding and plaque needs to be routinely and efficiently removed throughout your mouth daily. Have your dental hygienist or dentist review the best techniques for optimum oral hygiene. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of lamictal?

Numerous: The most serious side-effect which may occur rarely is a skin rash (stevens-johnson) which is less likely when dosing is started low and slowly raised. Also, light headedness, loss of balance, mental slowing, drowsiness, fatigue, depression, drug interactions. Side effects are not excessive with Lamictal compared to other anticonvulsants. ...Read more

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What can I do about drug induced hepatitus they say it is from lamictal how long does it last and is it painful or am I just being a wimp?

Watchand wait-See Dr: It depends on the severity of your hepatitis and any symptoms. Often, it is simply diagnosed by elevated liver finction tests (lft's), and depending on how high your liver function tests became, will decide any action that need to be taken. Your dr. Should monitor your lft's and decide wether the medication needs to be stopped altogether and or changed, etc. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long do the side effects of lamictal last if you start getting some side effects?

A few days: You should always decrease dose of anti-seizure meds gradually. When you do so side effects if dose related should not last more than a few days. ...Read more

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What is peak time of lamictal 100mg and its half life (also using tegretol 600)?

What is peak time of lamictal 100mg and its half life (also using tegretol 600)?

Lamictal Tegretol: On multiple doses, with tegretol on board, the time to peak concentration is 2 hours with a range of 0.75 to 5.93 hours and the half-life is 12.6 hours with a range of 7.5 -23.1 hours. Source: www. Pdr. Net. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Will fresh grapefruit or juice interact with Paxil (paroxetine) and/or lamictal?

Will fresh grapefruit or juice interact with Paxil (paroxetine) and/or lamictal?

No: Grapefruit (juice) does not interfere with the metabolism of either Paxil (paroxetine) or lamictal. The two drugs do not interfere with either's metabolism. ...Read more

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Does topomax and lamictal have any interaction?

No: No drug interactions between these two medications ...Read more

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Is it common for a person to be prescribed Xanax (alprazolam) 1mg, lamictal XR 25- 100mg, seroquel 150 & 200mg, & luvox 100mg tablets on a daily basis? This combination makes me a " zombie "

Is it common for a person to be prescribed Xanax (alprazolam) 1mg, lamictal XR 25- 100mg, seroquel 150 & 200mg, & luvox 100mg tablets on a daily basis? This combination makes me a " zombie "

While: While sometimes patient`s might need a combination of psychotropic medications to effectively address their symptoms, this should be done under the careful guidance of a psychiatrist. If this combination is making you excessively sedated and negatively impacting your quality of life, it`s time to make changes. There are other options without those side effects. Also please be aware of the significant drug-drug interactions with luvox, which might be increasing the xanax (alprazolam) and seroquel levels causing excessive sedation. Please talk to your psychiatrist asap and carefully review your medication regimen. ...Read more

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Is it ok to mix tegretol and lamictal together for bipolar patients?

Is it ok to mix tegretol and lamictal together for bipolar patients?

Yes by experts only: Yes, these medications can be use together. Because tegretol increases the activity of some liver enzymes, the effective blood concentration of Lamictal may be lower. This is a complicated pharmacokinetic interaction and requires the input of an expert psychopharmacologist to do safely. ...Read more

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What are the tests for lamictal overdose?

Blood level: Lamotrogene blood level can be checked in the lab, the therapeutic blood level is between 3-14, if the level is higher than 14, the dose should be reduced. ...Read more

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Followup re lamictal. Much time can elapse between doses bef rash occurs? I I know rash won't happen if completely stopped. This concerns missed dose

Followup re lamictal. Much time can elapse between doses bef rash occurs? I I know rash won't happen if completely stopped. This concerns missed dose

What is the question: ? Once you begin to have a rash from Lamictal you need to find a different med. The time between doses is not of interest. ...Read more

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Can surgery throw off blood levels of psych meds: lamictal, wellbutrin, zoloft, risperdal, topamax (topiramate). Can anything? Having many sudden side effects.

Possibly: This may depend on the surgery but is possible. Some of these meds have levels that can be checked and you should speak with your md about checking your levels. ...Read more

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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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What is lamictal used for?

Lamictal: It is an Anti-convulsant medication used for Epilepsy & Mood disorders (off-label). ...Read more

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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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Lamotrigine (Definition)

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