Lamictal Risks

Lamictal® (lamotrigine) is a prescription drug often used for the treatment of seizures in people with epilepsy. It is also approved as a mood stabilizer to treat bipolar disorder. In order to help ensure safe treatment, risks associated with this type of medication should be discussed with your healthcare provider before treatment begins.
It is important to know that Lamictal can cause life-threatening skin rashes or allergic reactions. Seek medical attention immediately if you develop any rashes or signs of an allergic reaction while taking this medicine. You should talk to your healthcare provider before taking Lamictal if you have heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, or a blood disorder (as the medication could cause problems in people with these conditions).
A number of side effects may also occur with Lamictal. Some of the most common problems that have been reported with this drug include vomiting, double vision, dizziness, and drowsiness. Although most side effects of Lamictal are minor and do not require medical attention, you should notify your healthcare provider immediately if you experience severe muscle pain, suicidal thoughts, or any unusual bruising or bleeding.
(Click Lamictal Side Effects and Lamictal Warnings and Precautions to learn about other potential risks of Lamictal and for information on who should not use this particular medication.)
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