Lamictal Side Effects

Common side effects of Lamictal include dizziness, double vision, and headaches. While these side effects generally require little or no treatment, it is possible to experience more serious side effects while taking this drug. If you experience Lamictal side effects such as yellow skin (jaundice), severe muscle pain, or worsening seizures, notify your healthcare provider immediately.

An Introduction to Lamictal Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Lamictal® (lamotrigine); however, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Lamictal. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Lamictal side effects with you.)

Common Side Effects With Lamictal

Lamictal has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occur in a group of people taking the drug are documented and are then compared to side effects that occur in another group of people not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
In these studies, the most common Lamictal side effects included:
  • Dizziness -- in up to 54 percent of people
  • Double vision -- up to 49 percent
  • Headaches -- up to 29 percent
  • Coordination problems -- up to 28 percent
  • Blurred vision -- up to 25 percent
  • Nausea -- up to 25 percent
  • Vomiting -- up to 20 percent.
Other common side effects, occurring in 5 to 20 percent of people, included:
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