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Is lamotrigine an effective medication for bipolar disorder?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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Is lamotrigine an effective medication for bipolar disorder?

Lamictal: Very effective for mood stabilization, as long as tolerated well & you don't develop a rash, although rare. ...Read more

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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If I have rapid mood swings can the medications (lamotrigine 300 mg and venlafaxine 225 mg) need to be increased? Or lamotrigine need to be increased

If I have rapid mood swings can the medications (lamotrigine 300 mg and venlafaxine 225 mg) need to be increased? Or lamotrigine need to be increased

Please let your: Doctor know. Sometimes antidepressants can trigger mania or hypomania. The lamictal may or may not be able to prevent that. The lamictal dose can be increased if your doctor decides to do that. When one mood stabilizer is not sufficient - often a second mood stabilizer is added. ...Read more

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Taking escitalopram 10 mg, 200 mg lamotrigine and 100 mg seroquel (quetiapine), I still have anxiety during day which medication can help for anx during the day?

Taking escitalopram 10 mg, 200 mg lamotrigine and 100 mg seroquel (quetiapine), I still have anxiety during day which medication can help for anx during the day?

Maybe not more meds?: Hi Jeta, You should consult your prescriber for additional options. Psychotherapy is very effective for managing anxiety by helping you examine worrisome thoughts and teaching you coping skills. Individuals I work with have found some of the self help tips on this website useful for generalized anxiety: http://www. Anxieties. Com/115/gad-intro#.V8Q1MpgrK01. Hope this is helpful. Take good care. ...Read more

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I am taking lamotrigine for seziures and Paxil (paroxetine) for depression is there any cold medication I should avoid taking? If any?

I am taking lamotrigine for seziures and Paxil (paroxetine) for depression is there any cold medication I should avoid taking? If any?

Dextramethorphan: There have been reports of some people developing serotonin syndrome w/ otc cough meds that contain dextramethorphan ; ssris like paxil (paroxetine). Some symptoms are rapid heart rate, nausea, diarrhea, flushing, fever, tremors, muscle rigidity or in severe cases confusion, seizures ; coma. U should read the labels on the bottles. Some brands of robitussin, dimetapp or theraflu contain dxm. ...Read more

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I'm 5 weeks pregnant and taking lamotrigine 200 mg I'm in too much stres could this medication harmful my baby already? I read about Oral clefts?

I'm 5 weeks pregnant and taking lamotrigine 200 mg I'm in too much stres could this medication harmful my baby already? I read about Oral clefts?

Hard to know.: The effects of medications during pregnancy are possibilities, not guarantees. Stopping the medication right away, in coordination with the prescribing physician, is prudent. ...Read more

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Pregnant 5 weeks I was taking lamotrigine 200 mg, Lexapro 10mg, seroquel 100mg, 1 prenatale vitamin I'm very worried can these medication be harmful?

Yes and no: In medicine, as in life, there is a risk and a benefit to every course of action one pursues. Presumably your doctor put you on the drugs that you are taking because you have certain neurological conditions that he wants to control throughout your pregnancy. Your fetus is also exposed to those medications and you should inform your obstetrician. Together you will make an informed decision. ...Read more

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I'm taking Lexapro 10 mg, seroquel 100 and lamotrigine 200mg, ranitidine 300 mg I missed my periods im very worried can this medication be harmful?

I'm taking Lexapro 10 mg, seroquel 100 and lamotrigine 200mg, ranitidine 300 mg I missed my periods im very worried can this medication be harmful?

Side effects: All medications unfortunately have the potential for side effects. Seroquel could POTENTIALLY be affecting your periods. I would recommend talking to your doctor and perhaps having a prolactin level checked, which would help answer that question. It's important to review the medications and make sure that the benefits are outweighing any side effects you might be experiencing. ...Read more

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I'm taking lamotrigine 200mg daily and I just know now I'm pregnant 5 weeks I'm worried does this drug harmful my baby until now?

I'm taking lamotrigine 200mg daily and I just know now I'm pregnant 5 weeks I'm worried does this drug harmful my baby until now?

Early Pregnancy: There is a "watershed" period that seems to protect a fetus from conception to when you miss your period. I would stop taking the Lamictal however and see your doctor. ...Read more

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Ihave impotence. I with normal hermonal, I take depakine chrono, lamotrigine. Does epilespy & his drugs cause ED? Does lamotrigine not cause ED?

Ihave impotence. I with normal hermonal, I take depakine chrono, lamotrigine. Does epilespy & his drugs cause ED? Does lamotrigine not cause ED?

The drugs mess u up: Not so much the epilepsy that leads to ED...but definitely the drugs and their combination with each other can be big time cause of ED. ...Read more

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I'm considering iv glutathione for skin brightening. Is there a risk for steven johnson syndrome with the drug? I've had sjs from taking lamotrigine.

I'm considering iv glutathione for skin brightening. Is there a risk for steven johnson syndrome with the drug? I've had sjs from taking lamotrigine.

No: It's a naturally-occurring substance. I'd urge you, though, not to do this. It may interfere slightly with production of melanin, but the result may not look natural. Here in the US, trying to alter one's skin color is considered the height of ignorance, and we do still set world trends. Taking anything by vein creates an infection risk. Embrace your own genetics and look good by staying fit. ...Read more

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Can I take lipo 6 (weight loss drug) and lamotrigine 100mg (anti epictical) together? Is there any intractions?

Can I take lipo 6 (weight loss drug) and lamotrigine 100mg (anti epictical) together? Is there any intractions?

Avoid stimulants: I am not familiar with this drug, but if it is a stimulant as most weight loss drugs are, it could trigger a manic episode if you tooke them, even if you are taking lamotrigine. ...Read more

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Dangers of taking 4 CNS drugs? Taking: Seroquel, Xanaxs, Escitalopran, Psychiatrist want to add Lamotrigine in small dose (50 mg) for better results.

Dangers of taking 4 CNS drugs? Taking: Seroquel, Xanaxs, Escitalopran, Psychiatrist want to add Lamotrigine in small dose (50 mg) for better results.

Polypharmacy: The challenge is that all of these are sedating drugs, and will have to be managed carefully in order to avoid adverse events. Please be sure at least one of your doctors is overseeing your care to assist in ensuring you maximize beneficial effects and minimize side effects. ...Read more

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Lamotrigine for migraines, "visual snow, " tinnitus...? Gabapentin doesn't do enough for me, doc recommended this as an option, how common are the side effects? What do you think of this drug as an option? He talked about other anti-epileptics like Depak

Lamotrigine for migraines, "visual snow, " tinnitus...? Gabapentin doesn't do enough for me, doc recommended this as an option, how common are the side effects? What do you think of this drug as an option? He talked about other anti-epileptics like Depak

My opinion: I am NOT impressed with either lamotrigine or gabapentin, as preventatives for migraine headaches, and feel that Depakote, beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, and topirimate are far superior. OTC remedies also work, such as butterbur, riboflavin, CoQ10, magnesium, feverfew. BOTOX also.? headache specialist? ...Read more

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Peppermint oil for IBS- constipation? Contraindicated with one of the following drugs? Xanax, Seroquel, escitalopram, Lamotrigine? Same Question Aloe Vera juice...

Peppermint oil for IBS- constipation? Contraindicated with one of the following drugs? Xanax, Seroquel, escitalopram, Lamotrigine? Same Question Aloe Vera juice...

I would avoid: The Peppermint oil. It may decrease how quickly the liver breaks down medications causing an increase in the effects and side effects of such medications. Two of the medicines you take--Xanax and escitalopram--are metabolized by the liver/cytochromne P450 and could be affected by Peppermint oil. Aloe Vera juice may be a little safer but it also affects the cytochrome P450 pathways. I would avoid. ...Read more

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Will lamotrigine help dp and dr?

Lamictal: Is a mood stabilizers that helps with mood swings. ...Read more

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Can lamotrigine make you more sensitive to the sun?

Can lamotrigine make you more sensitive to the sun?

Not usually: It is very rare that lamotrigine would cause increased sensitivity to the sun. That said, though, it's important to limit direct exposure to the sun and to protect your skin when you're outside. If you notice a rash, blistering, or other skin problem after being in the sun, see your doctor in case it may be the result of a medication you are taking. ...Read more

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What would happen if you took 700 mg of lamotrigine?

What would happen if you took 700 mg of lamotrigine?

Potentially bad.: Most cases reporting lamotrigine exposures observed mild or no toxicity; however, large exposures were associated with severe CNS depression, seizures, cardiac conduction delays, wide complex tachycardia, and death. In adults with a serum concentration >25 mg/L, severe toxicity may occur. In patients ≤3.5 years of age, ingestions of ≥525 mg may produce severe CNS depression and seizures. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: lamotrigine?

Potent drug: Lamotrigine is employed to treat psychiatric problems, and epilepsy. It is one of many meds that can help multiple patients with these issues. ...Read more

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How long does it take for lamotrigine to begin working?

1 month: In reality, it depends upon the situation. Is the person taking Lamotrigine as mono or poly (add-on) therapy. Some people respond to low doses (50 - 100 mg/day). Others require higher doses for a therapeutic effect (300 - 500 mg/day). ...Read more

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At what dosage does lamotrigine usually work as a mood stablizer?

200 mg daily: The typical dose of Lamotrigine (lamictal) for bipolar disorder maintenance therapy is 200 mg daily. Individual variability is always a factor, so lower doses may be effective and higher doses may be needed. This medication must be slowly uptitrated over the course of multiple weeks. ...Read more

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I just took 100 mg of lamotrigine on accident. What, if anything, could happen from this?

I just took 100 mg of lamotrigine on accident. What, if anything, could happen from this?

Side effects/allergy: Although rare, allergic reactions have occurred with lamotrigine: watch for rash, fever; swollen glands; painful sores in or around your eyes or mouth; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Also: this drug may make you dizzy or drowsy or cause blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness.
Do not drink alcohol. ...Read more

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What is the differents of copypharm lamotrigine and original lamictal? Is the original lamictal best?

Brand/Generic: I wish that I could provide you with a very informative answer, I am familiar with the regulations of the U.S. In the us, the brand is better in that there is consistent bioavailability due to the regulation that brand cannot vary more than 1% (0.5 above and 0.5 below) from one batch to another, but generics can vary by 20% (10 above and 10 below). Someone from europe should help clarify. ...Read more

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How soon should your dosage of lamotrigine be increased? I am currently prescribed 25mg x3dys 50x4 etc. Until 200mg.

How soon should your dosage of lamotrigine be increased? I am currently prescribed 25mg x3dys 50x4 etc. Until 200mg.

Varies w/other meds: There are different titration schedules, mostly based on what other medicines you are on. If the medicine is being used for epilepsy, if you are on Phenytoin or carbamazepine, these increase an enzyme that breaks down the medicine, meaning you can go to higher doses quicker. Depakote does the opposite so you have to go up very slowly. Talk with your prescribing doctor about this. ...Read more

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I'm on 50 mg of Lamotrigine and I cannot say that I've felt any difference at all. Does this mean that chances of 100mg working for me are low?

Not low: 50 mg of lamotrigine is a very low dose. Many of my patients are taking 200mg to 400 (total) per day. I don't think you can say a higher dose won't be helpful. ...Read more

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Lamotrigine makes me lathargic and tired?

Common side effect: Those symptoms can be side effects from the lamotrigine. I'd call your physician and see if he wants to change your dosage or medication. ...Read more

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Is lamotrigine an maoi or an ssri?

MAO or SSRi?: Is lamotrigine an maoi or an ssri? ANS: Neither. It is generally accepted to be a member of the sodium channel blocking class of antiepileptic drugs. I recommend using Epocrates or Drugs. Com to look up meds or ever wikipedia. ...Read more

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Does Lamotrigine have side effects?

Lamotrigine: Side effects are uncoordination and rash most common and severe. Also, double vision, blurred vision, throat irritation, drowsiness, dizziness, nausea and vomiting. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of lamotrigine?

What are the side effects of lamotrigine?

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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Lamotrigine (Definition)

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