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Although most people have no problems when taking Lamictal® (lamotrigine), it is not free of negative effects. Lamictal is not suitable for everyone, so make sure you talk to your healthcare provider about any possible side effects or safety concerns that may apply to you.
For instance, your healthcare provider should be aware of any other medical conditions you have and any other medications you are taking (including nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements) before starting treatment with Lamictal. Negative effects of this medication include potential side effects. Some of the most commonly reported ones are:
  • Dizziness
  • Double vision
  • Headaches
  • Coordination problems
  • Nausea.
Although negative effects of Lamictal tend to be minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated, there are some serious side effects that require immediate medical attention. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you experience a worsening of seizures, unusual bruising or bleeding, or suicidal thoughts or behaviors.
Other warnings and precautions apply to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as people who have certain allergies (including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives). Also, you may not be able to take Lamictal if you have certain medical conditions, such as kidney disease, heart disease, or a bleeding disorder.
(Click Lamictal Side Effects and Lamictal Warnings and Precautions for more information on potentially negative effects of Lamictal to be aware of before starting treatment. These articles explain what to tell your healthcare provider before using the drug and who should avoid it.)
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