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Treats certain types of seizures and mood disorders. Often used along with other medicines.
Lamictal, Lamictal CD
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to lamotrigine.
How to Use This Medicine
Tablet, Chewable Tablet
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- You may take this medicine with or without food.
- It is best to swallow the regular tablet whole. You may break or crush the tablet if your doctor tells you to, but the medicine might leave a bitter taste in your mouth.
- The chewable tablet may be swallowed whole, or chewed and taken with a small amount of water or diluted fruit juice. You may also dissolve the chewable tablet in a teaspoon of water or fruit juice and swallow the mixture after 1 minute.
- This medicine comes with patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
- Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
- Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are using any other medicine to control seizures, such as carbamazepine, divalproex, oxcarbazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, primidone, valproic acid, valproate, Depakene®, Depakote®, Dilantin®, Mysoline®, or Tegretol®. Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using rifampin (Rimactane®, Rifadin®). Tell your doctor if you are also using birth control pills, or if you are also using hormone replacement therapy.
- Ask your doctor before you start or stop using any medicines, including birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are receiving methotrexate or pemetrexed (Alimta®).
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have liver problems, heart problems, or kidney problems.
- This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
- Do not stop using this medicine suddenly without asking your doctor. You may need to slowly decrease your dose before stopping it completely.
- If you have a skin rash while using this medicine, call your doctor right away. Sometimes a rash is a sign of a serious drug reaction.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse, call your doctor.
- Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
- Blistering, peeling, red skin rash.
- Bloody stools.
- Blurred or double vision.
- Changes in your menstrual cycle (period).
- Chest pain.
- Extreme weakness, dizziness, or fainting.
- Fever, swollen glands.
- Painful sores in your mouth or around your eyes.
- Pain, soreness, or itching in your vagina.
- Thoughts of killing yourself.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Body aches.
- Eye twitching, or eye movements you cannot control.
- Feeling unusually sleepy, sad, grouchy, moody, or nervous.
- Unable to sleep, or sleeping too much.
- Headache, neck pain, back pain, or joint pain.
- Increased sexual desire.
- Loss of appetite, or weight loss.
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach upset, stomach pain, or gassiness.
- Nose bleed.
- Painful urination, or a change in how much or how often you urinate.
- Problems with coordination, or shaking or tremor.
- Problems talking, dry mouth, or sore throat.
- Runny or stuffy nose, or nose irritation.
- Swelling in your face, hands, ankles, or feet.
- Wheezing, coughing, or trouble breathing.
- Unable to concentrate or remember things.
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