Lamictal,Effective for Epilepsy and Bipolar Condition
Lamictal is a medication that has been approved for epileptic and bipolar patients. It can be taken alone but in most cases, it is prescribed along with other medications for example extreme seizure cases in both kids and adults.
In bipolar patients, the medication is aimed at delaying mood episodes also referred to as manic depression.It is more popular compared to other medications of its kind because it is effective and doesn’t require any regular blood test.
Brand Name: Lamictal
Gemeric Name: Lamotrigine, Lamec, Lamictal XR, Lamictal CD.
Lamictal drug comes in strengths of:-
- 50 mg
- 100 mg
- 150 mg
Lamictal dosage is administered depending on the age of a patient. However, all doses are taken orally. One known Lamictal side effects is severe rashes and is the first indication of the patient not following the recommended dose especially in cases of an overdose.
If you happen to experience Lamictal overdose, seek medical attention as soon as you can. Symptoms of overdose include clumsiness, coma, severe dizziness, severe drowsiness, and slurred speech. Another thing to note about the dose is that it should never be given to patients who have discontinued it due to rashes.
Prices may vary depending on the pharmacy. The prices below are based on the US drugs website.
- 25 mg 100 tablets @ $1,156.75
- 100 mg 30 tablet @ $176.64
- 150 mg 15 tablet @ $180.60
- 200 mg 90 tablet @ $591.59
Side effects of Lamictal
The following are side effects common in patients under Lamictal medication and should not be a cause for worry.
- Mild skin rashes
- Nausea, abdominal pain, and constipation
- Blurred vision
- Insomnia or drowsiness
- Fever and tremor
It is not advisable to take this drug if:
- You have ever had any suicidal thoughts
- You suffer kidney or liver problems
- Your body reacts to other seizure drugs
- You are pregnant without the doctor’s advice
- You are under any contraceptive pills
- You are breastfeeding
Another important precaution is that you should never crush, chew, or break the Lamictal XR tablet. Take it whole as per the doctor’s instructions. The orally disintegrating tablet on the other hand should be placed on the tough and allowed to dissolve on its own.
Never discontinue its usage suddenly as it may worsen the seizures. Use it daily for maximum benefits. Store it on a cool dry place and at room temperature.
Frequently asked questions
Can taking Lamictal affect my weight?
Yes. 1%-10% cases of patients under Lamictal report change in weight. In fact, Lamictal weight gain is listed as one of the possible side effects of taking this drug. However, there have been cases of weight loss too, which is more common compared to weight gain.
After how long will I start feeling better when taking Lamictal?
It varies from one person to the other. Some people may improve within the early stages of taking the medication while some may take a while; almost a month before any positive changes are noticed.
What side effects may cause a patient to discontinue using Lamictal?
The most common side effect of this drug is rash. They vary from mild to severe. Some rashes look like minor sunburns while others look serious such as poison ivy. Of course the more serious the rash, the more likely your doctor will advice that you discontinue taking the medication.
Works for me!
Lamictal has really worked for me. I usually take it around the same time and I always ensure I have eaten something light. I noticed that when I take it on an empty tummy, I suffer nausea and drowsiness. Ever since I started using them two years ago, my seizure cases have significantly reduced.
I am glad I gave it a try
I have tried so many medications to control my anxiety disorder that I was a bit hesitant to try Lamictal. However, I am so glad I gave it a try. I feel so much a live now all thanks to this medication. Apart from my mouth getting dry every now and then, I can’t complain about it. My cousin also suffers from epilepsy and Lamictal has really helped her a lot too. I would advise everyone else with similar cases to give it a try. You never know!
Chou, Hong Kong
Bye-bye Post traumatic stress
It has been three long years of post traumatic stress until my doctor recommended this drug. I finally have control of my life again!
Gupta, New Delhi