Lamotrigine is used to control seizures (commonly known as fits) and as a mood stabiliser to reduce mood swings in bipolar disorder. It may also be used for other conditions related to the nervous system.
Like all medications, Lamotrigine may cause side effects but not everyone experiences them. Consult your healthcare professional if any of the side effects lasts more than a few days or become severe and bothersome.
The common side effects of Lamotrigine include:
If the following serious side effects happen, you should consult your healthcare professional immediately:
In rare cases, this medication may cause the following changes to a person's mental condition, especially in the first few weeks of treatment or during dose changes:
Please inform your doctor as soon as possible, or for your family or caregiver to inform your doctor if you are unable to seek treatment on your own.
Do not stop taking this medication on your own without discussing with your doctor.
It is important to note that your doctor has prescribed this medication as he/she feels you will benefit more from taking this medication over the possible risks that it may cause, which have a low chance of occurring, and most people take this medication without any such problems.
The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.
Inform your healthcare professionals if you have the following medical conditions before starting on Lamotrigine:
For female patients of child-bearing age: Discuss with your doctor regarding family planning if you will be starting or are currently taking Lamotrigine.
Tell your healthcare professional immediately if your seizures get worse or become different after you have started this medication.
If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only the usual dose. Do not double your dose or use extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.
Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.