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LAMOTRIGINE 50MG
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Drug Information

What is Lamotrigine used for?

Lamotrigine is used for the treatment of following conditions:

  • Acute bipolar depression
  • Partial-onset seizure
  • Generalized seizure
  • Primary or secondary tonic­–clonic seizures

Lamotrigine may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.

How does Lamotrigine work?

Lamotrigine belongs to the class of drugs called anti-convulsants. It works by binding to the sodium channel and inhibits the sodium ion to enter the cell. Thus, it inhibits the abnormal excitation of the neurons, which decreases the seizure activity. It also works by restoring the balance of chemical substance in the brain.

How to take Lamotrigine?

The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Take Lamotrigine as prescribed by your doctor.

Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet. Take the drug with or without food. However, taking the drug with food prevents stomach upset.

If you miss a dose of Lamotrigine, please take it immediately once you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.

What are the drugs that interact with Lamotrigine?

Drugs that interact with Lamotrigine include the following:

  • Acetaminophen
  • Atazanavir/Ritonavir
  • Buprenorphine
  • Carbamazepine
  • Clemastine
  • Dofetilide
  • Fentanyl
  • Guaifenesin
  • Lopinavir/Ritonavir
  • Methoxsalen
  • Phenobarbital/Primidone
  • Phenytoin
  • Pseudoephedrine
  • Rifampin
  • Valproic acid

This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.

What are the side effects of Lamotrigine?

The following are the most common side effects of Lamotrigine:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Stomach discomfort
  • Weight gain
  • Trouble sleeping
The following are the severe side effects and you may require immediate medical attention:

  • Lack of coordination
  • Weight loss
  • Blurred vision
  • Tremor

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.

What special precautions Lamotrigine?

  • Avoid using the medicine if you are allergic to Lamotrigine or similar drugs.
  • Seek doctor’s advice before taking any other drug or herbal products while on Lamotrigine.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol as it may worsen the side effects of Lamotrigine.
  • Do not exceed the dose more than what is prescribed.
  • Do not stop using the medication abruptly unless instructed by the doctor.
  • Avoid Lamotrigine during pregnancy or breastfeeding because the safe use of the drug is not yet established.
  • Be cautious while taking Lamotrigine if you have any kidney or liver impairment.

You are advised not to take Lamotrigine if

  • it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
  • the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discoloration.

What should you tell your doctor before taking  Lamotrigine?

  • Tell your doctor if you have any history of blood vessel problems, heart problems or mood problems.
  • Inform the doctor if you have diabetes, nerve, liver or kidney problems.
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.

Frequently Asked Questions about Lamotrigine

:

  1. Can I stop taking Lamotrigine if I feel better?
  2. No. Do not discontinue the medicine without consulting your doctor. Abrupt discontinuation may lead to the reoccurrence of the condition.

  3. What is the initial dose of Lamotrigine for the treatment of seizures?
  4. The dose of Lamotrigine for the first two weeks is 25 mg once daily. The dose may be increased to 100 or 200 mg once daily.

  5. How should Lamotrigine be stored?
  6. Store the drug at room temperature and avoid exposure to sunlight and moisture.

  7. What are the other formulations available for Lamotrigine?
  8. Lamotrigine medicine is available as chewable and extended-release tablets.

  9. How long can I take Lamotrigine?
  10. Lamotrigine medicine should be taken as per the prescribed course. Do not overuse or misuse the medicine.

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