Lamotrigine ( marketed as Lamictal by GlaxoSmithKline ) is an anticonvulsant drug. Lamictal is the trademark of an antiseizure medication called lamotrigine. Lamictal has been proven to manage seizures with the tolerability benefits you need. It is the label used in the United States, Canada, the UK, Australia, and other countries for the seizure medicine lamotrigine. It is usually decreed with other medications that also help to control the convulsions, although sometimes lamotrigine may be used by itself.
Lamictal tablets are pinch-hitted for oral administration as 25-mg (white), 100-mg (peach), 150-mg (cream), and 200-mg (blue) tablets. It is the first medication since lithium conceded food and drug Administration (FDA)-approval for the maintenance treatment of bipolar. It is usually prescribed with other medications which also help to control the convulsions, though occassionally lamotrigine may be used by itself.
Lamictal is in a class of medications called anticonvulsants. It works by decreasing abnormal excitation in the brain. It is also indicated as adjunctive regimen for the generalized seizures of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome in adult and pediatric patients. Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is a severe type of epilepsy. Few common side effects Lamotrigine is dizziness or drowsiness, swollen lymph glands, Heartburn, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep and stomach, back, or joint pain.
It is also used for the type of bitter childhood epilepsy (Lennox-Gastaut syndrome). Typically developing before 4 years of age, LGS is related with developmental dallys. There is no antidote, treatment is often complicated, and complete recovery is rare. Symptoms include the atonic seizure (also known as a "drop attack"), during that brusque loss of muscle tone and consciousness cause abrupt falls.
Lamictal eloquently reduces the frequency of LGS seizures, and is one of two medications known to decrease the severity of drop attacks. Lamotrigine treats bipolar despondency without triggering mania, hypomania, mixed states, or rapid-cycling.
Lamictal dosages are generally increased and decreased relatively eventually. A therapeutic rejoinder may require weeks or months of subsequent dose escalations, and very small differences in dosage often have noticeably different effects, much more so than with most other psychiatric medications; as little as 10% more or less may make a noticeable difference.
Side Effects of Lamictal
- Swelling of the lips.
- Dizziness or drowsiness.
- Sores in the mouth or around the eyes.
- Swollen lymph glands.
- Lack of coordination.
- Difficulty falling staying asleep.
- Stomach, back, or joint pain.
Lamotrigine recommended dosing starts at less than 1mg for epilepsy and 25mg for bipolar disorder, and a therapeutic response may require weeks or months of subsequent dose escalations. Usually, the therapeutic range for epilepsy is 300mg-500mg a day. Number of tablets which you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Symptoms of a Lamictal overdose include dizziness, drowsiness, headache, increased seizures, and unconsciousness. In case of overdose, call your local poison control center forthwith.
Warnings and precautions before taking Lamictal
Do not take a double dose of this medication.
High initial doses of lamotrigine and surpassing the recommended dose escalation of lamotrigine therapy.
Lamictal interacts with many other drugs used to treat seizures.
Lamictal is a fragile inhibitor of dihydrofolate reductase therefore there is a possibility of intervention with folate metabolism during long-term therapy.
Do not drive, operate dangerous machinery, or impersonate other hazardous activities until you know how Lamictal affects you.
Do not take more or less of this medicine, and do not take it more or less often than your doctor prescribed.