Your medication Lamotrigine
Lamotrigine is also known by the brand name: Lamictal, Lamictal ODT, and Lamictal XR.
Lamotrigine comes in 25, 100, 150, and 200mg tablets, 5, and 25mg chewable tablets, 25, 50, 100, and 200mg dissolvable tablets, and 25, 50, 100, 200, 250, and 300mg extended release tablets.
Lamotrigine is most commonly used to treat seizures and bipolar problems. No matter what your doctor has you taking it for, lamotrigine is taken by mouth with or without food once or twice a day. Do not take this drug with dairy products, like milk or yogurt, or calcium rich juices. If upset stomach occurs take lamotrigine with food. If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you think about it. If it is close to time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your normal dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses. For best results take each dose at the same time each day. Extended-release tablets must be swallowed whole, do not split or break tablets. Use dry hands to take the dissolvable tablet out of the foil and place on top of your tongue. Allow tablet to melt, then swallow.
Some common side effects with lamotrigine include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, tiredness, weakness, and constipation.
Some less common side effects include a very bad skin reaction, headache, abnormal thinking, swelling of the arms or legs, and weight gain or loss.
Do not take lamotrigine if: you have an allergic reaction like a rash, water retention, hives, extensive itching, or mouth ulcers to lamotrigine or any component of the formulation.
While taking lamotrigine, remember it is important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have:
• Signs of an allergic reaction (rash, itching, swelling, tightness of the chest, etc.)
• An allergy to lamotrigine.
• A very bad skin reaction, it can cause bad health problems and sometimes death. Get medical attention if you have signs like red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever, red or irritated eye, or sores in your mouth, throat, nose, or eyes. Most cases have happened within 2 to 8 weeks of starting this drug, but some could show up as much as 6 months after.
• This medication should not be abruptly discontinued because of the possibility of increasing seizure frequency.
All forms of lamotrigine need to be stored at room temperature in a dry place, protected from light.