Lamictal

Brand Name : Lamictal, Lamictal Blue, Lamictal Green, Lamictal Orange

Generic Name : Lamotrigine

What is Lamictal?

Lamictal is an anti-epileptic medication, also called an anticonvulsant.

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Lamictal is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat seizures in adults and children who are at least 2 years old. Lamictal is also used to delay mood episodes in adults with bipolar disorder.

Important Information About Lamictal

This medication may cause severe or life-threatening skin rash, especially in children and in people who are allergic to other seizure medications. Serious skin rash may also be more likely to occur if you are taking Lamictal together with valproic acid (Depakene) or divalproex (Depakote). Seek emergency medical attention if you have a fever, sore throat, swollen glands, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash.

If you have to stop taking Lamictal because of a serious skin rash, you may not be able to take it again in the future.

You may have thoughts about suicide while taking this medication. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

Do not stop taking Lamictal without first talking to your doctor, even if you feel better. You may have increased seizures if you stop taking Lamictal suddenly. You will need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely. Contact your doctor if your seizures get worse or you have them more often while taking Lamictal. Carry an ID card or wear a medical alert bracelet stating that you are taking Lamictal, in case of emergency. Any doctor, dentist, or emergency medical care provider who treats you should know that you are taking a seizure medication. Lamictal can cause side effects that may impair your vision or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly.