Lamictal (lamotrigine) is an anti-epileptic medication, it is also known as an anti-convulsant. It is usually used either stand alone or in combination with other medications/drugs to treat and manage epileptic seizures in both adults and children. Lamotrigine can also used to delay mood episodes in adults with bipolar disorder (manic depression).
The immediate-release form of Lamictal (regular tablet and orally disintegrating tablet) can be used in children as young as 2 years old when it is given as part of a combination of seizure medications. However, this form should not be used as a single medication in a child or teenager who is younger than 16 years old.
Lamictal may cause a severe or life-threatening skin rash (anaphylactic reaction), especially in children and in people who take too high of a loading dose (starting a dose), or those who also take medications that have high interactive qualities (drug interactions) such as valproic acid (Depakene) or divalproex (Depakote).
Seek emergency medical attention if you have: fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.
You may have thoughts about suicide while taking this medication. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits while you are using Lamictal. Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: mood or behavior changes, depression, anxiety, or if you feel agitated, hostile, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.
Do not stop taking Lamictal without consulting to your doctor, even if you feel fine. You may have the possibility of increased seizures if you stop using Lamictal abruptly. Contact your physician if your seizures get worse or you have them more often while taking this medicine. Taking this medication during early pregnancy can increase the risk of the baby being born with cleft lip or cleft palate. Consult your physician if you are pregnant or if you become pregnant during treatment.
Common side effects of Lamictal include nausea, ataxia, vomiting, diplopia, insomnia, rhinitis, dizziness, headache, drowsiness, tremor, blurred vision, skin rash, abdominal pain, and fever. Other side effects include dysmenorrhea, vaginitis, dyspepsia, pruritus, bronchitis, weakness, abnormal gait, pain, constipation, and emotional lability.
Some of the side effects that can occur with lamotrigine may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional: