Lamictal® (lamotrigine) is a prescription medication commonly used for treating seizures in people with epilepsy. It is also approved as a mood stabilizer to treat bipolar disorder. Although it is not known exactly how Lamictal works for treating epilepsy, studies suggest that it may work by affecting sodium channels in the brain. It is also not known exactly how Lamictal works to treat bipolar disorder.
In order to help minimize risks during treatment with this drug, information on Lamictal should be discussed with your healthcare provider beforehand. It is important to talk to your healthcare provider before taking this medicine if you have liver disease, kidney disease, heart disease, or a blood disorder (as Lamictal can cause problems in people with these conditions).
Also, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist about the potential side effects of this medication. Common side effects that were seen in clinical studies include nausea, headaches, dizziness, and coordination problems.
(Click Lamictal for more information, including more details about the drug's effects, dosing guidelines, and a list of the various forms and strengths available for this medication.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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