Lamictal is an anticonvulsant, a drug used in the treatment of epilepsy. This drug is also sometimes used for the treatment of certain psychiatric conditions. This medication can only be obtained with a doctor’s prescription. It comes in two forms of tablets, an immediate-release tablet and an extended-release tablet.
How it Works
Lamictal has the active ingredient lamotrigine. This chemical works to treat epilepsy by stabilizing neural activity. Epilepsy is characterized by excessive and abnormal electrical signals. Lamictal prevents the buildup of sodium that causes this electrical firing. The process of stabilizing this activity also prevents the buildup of neurotransmitters that are responsible for mood disorders.
This drug is generally limited to patients who are dealing with epilepsy or mood disorders like bipolar disorder.
The dosage will depend on the condition that the patient is suffering from and how severe their symptoms are. The tablets are available in quantities of 25mg, 50mg, 100mg, and 200mg, however smaller doses are available for children. Some tablets are chewable; however, patients may take the tablet with water. The extended-release tablet is only approved for use by adults and children over the age of 13. It is important to take only the recommended dose, no more and no less.
There may be some side effects upon consumption of Lamictal. It is best to look for the following minor symptoms and inform your doctor if they occur:
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea and indigestion
You should promptly seek medical attention if you experience any of the following major side effects:
Blurred vision or changes in vision
Increase in condition’s symptoms
There may also be side effects that have not been listed here.
It is essential to speak with a doctor about your complete medical history and disclose any drug use, prescription, or recreational. This way your doctor can determine whether or not it is safe for you to use this drug. Lamictal may not be advisable for people with allergies to seizure medicines, people with liver or kidney diseases. This also includes people who have suffered from depression or suicidal thoughts.
Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Although it is possible that consuming the drug could harm your child, it is not advised to suddenly stop taking the drug if you are already on it. Discuss with the doctor a proper plan for withdrawing the drug. This applies in cases where neither pregnancy nor breastfeeding apply. Suddenly stopping the drug can be seriously dangerous.
Do not take any more or less that the prescribed dose. Do not crush, break, or chew the extended-release tablet if you are taking it. If you wish to stop using this medication, speak with the doctor about how to do this without risking withdrawal effects.
Birth control pills may cause Lamictal to become ineffective.
Follow the doctor’s prescription carefully and keep your doctor informed about any undesirable side effects that may occur. Store the drug in a cool and dry area.