What is Lamotrigine used for?
Lamotrigine is an anti-epileptic medication prescribed to control seizures in people with epilepsy. It is used alone or in combination with other medicines to treat seizures. This medication is also used to treat severe childhood epilepsy (Lennox–Gastaut syndrome) as well as prevent mood swings in adults with bipolar disorder. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Lamotrigine?
The dosage of Lamotrigine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Lamotrigine can be taken with or without food.
What if you miss a dose of Lamotrigine?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Lamotrigine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Lamotrigine?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Lamotrigine, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Lamotrigine?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Lamotrigine.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Lamotrigine, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Lamotrigine can interact with muscle relaxants, narcotic pain relievers, and other seizure medications.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Lamotrigine?
Like other medicines, Lamotrigine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Lamotrigine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Lamotrigine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Lamotrigine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Lamotrigine can cause side effects such as mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, blurred vision, headache, insomnia, and stuffy nose. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Lamotrigine.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Lamotrigine?
Is it possible for me to take Lamotrigine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Lamotrigine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Lamotrigine?
How will Lamotrigine work in my body?
How should Lamotrigine be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Lamotrigine drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Lamotrigine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.