lamotrigine, Lamictal, Lamictal CD, Lamictal ODT, Lamictal XR (cont.)

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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.

Other important side effects include:

Multiorgan failure, including fatal liver disease rarely has been observed during lamotrigine treatment.

As a general rule, anti-seizure medications should not be abruptly stopped because of the possibility of increasing the frequency of seizures. In most cases, the dose of lamotrigine should be gradually lowered over a period of at least two weeks. Antiepileptic medications have been associated with an increased risk of suicidal thinking and behavior. Anyone considering the use of antiepileptic drugs must balance this risk of suicide with the clinical need for the drugs. Patients who are started on therapy should be closely observed for clinical worsening, suicidal thoughts, or unusual changes in behavior.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/31/2014


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