GENERIC NAME: lamotrigine
BRAND NAME: Lamictal, Lamictal CD, Lamictal ODT, Lamictal XR, Lamictal Starter
DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Lamotrigine is an oral drug that is used primarily for treating seizures. It is chemically unrelated to other anti-seizure drugs. The precise mechanism by which lamotrigine exerts its anti-seizure action is not known. The FDA approved lamotrigine in December 1974.
PRESCRIBED FOR: Lamotrigine is used in combination with other anti-seizure drugs for the treatment of partial seizures, tonic-clonic seizures, and seizures of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. It also is used alone for treating partial seizures in patients 16 years and older when converting from other anti-epileptic drugs. Lamotrigine also is used for preventing mood episodes in individuals 18 years or older with bipolar disorder.
SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of lamotrigine are:
Severe, life-threatening rashes have occurred with lamotrigine. The risk of rash is increased if the dose is increased faster than recommended or if patients also are taking valproic acid. Patients taking lamotrigine should report any rash to a physician immediately.
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