When and How to Take Lamictal

General considerations for when and how to take the medication include the following:
  • It comes in regular tablets, orally disintegrating tablets, and as Lamictal CD tablets. It is taken by mouth, usually once or twice a day. 


  • Lamictal CD tablets are "chewable dispersible" tablets. These tablets can be swallowed whole, chewed, or "dispersed" in a small amount of liquid. To disperse Lamictal CD tablets, add the tablet to a small amount of liquid, about a teaspoonful or enough to cover the tablet. Wait a minute, swirl the liquid to make sure the tablet is broken down, and take by mouth immediately.

Do not attempt to take a partial dose of Lamictal CD tablets by cutting them in half or taking half of the dispersed tablet in liquid.

  • Regular Lamictal tablets can be broken in half if necessary to obtain the proper dosage. However, these tablets can be particularly difficult to break. You may want to consider purchasing a "pill splitter" or ask your pharmacist to split them for you.


  • Lamictal orally disintegrating tablets should be placed on the tongue and moved around in the mouth. They will dissolve rapidly. They can be swallowed with or without water. 


  • The medication can be taken with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • It should be taken at the same time(s) each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it. In addition, do not stop taking it without first discussing it with your healthcare provider (see Lamictal Withdrawal).
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