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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

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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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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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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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Lamotrigine (Definition)

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