Lamictal
Last Edited: April 16th, 2012

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Lamictal is a medication that is used to treat both seizures and bipolar disorder. It is commonly prescribed in conjunction with another medication used to treat these problems. It is used for both adults and children, though it is more commonly prescribed in adults.

There are extended-release tablets as well as standard-release tablets for Lamictal. Only adults above age 13 are prescribed Lamictal XR.

Important Guidelines For Taking Lamictal

It is important that individuals disclose any health complications and medical history with their doctor. If you have kidney or liver disease, a history of depression including suicidal thoughts or if you are allergic to any medications it is important to inform the doctor first.

Lamictal can cause a severe rash in children and adults. This typically happens when the dose of the medication is too high. For this reason it is often prescribed to slowly increase the dose over a period of time. Taking this medication with Depakote or Depakene can increase these life-threatening risks.

Regular visits to the doctor are crucial when taking Lamictal. It is very important to tell the doctor any changes that have happened as well as any concerns. Discontinuing this medication without the advice of a doctor can be dangerous, even if you feel like you are better.

Lamictal Side Effect Risks

The side effects of Lamictal can be life threatening. It is important to monitor your body and make sure none of these happen. Signs of an allergic reaction include hives, fever, swollen glands, painful sores and difficulty breathing. Any abnormal swelling should be noted and treated immediately.

Behavioral changes are known to happen when taking Lamictal. Report any dramatic changes in mood. Aggression and increased depressive behavior, anxiety, hostility, agitation and hyperactivity increases are not normal and could be dangerous. This is a concern for those that are taking Lamictal to treat bipolar disorder.

The riskiest side effect of this drug is a life-threatening skin rash. This happens from overdose on the medication at the start of treatment. Medication combinations can also increase the risk of developing this type of rash. Purple and red skin patches with blistering and peeling are an emergency and should be treated as such.

Pregnant women may be prescribed Lamictal. It is unknown whether it will have adverse side effects on an unborn baby. Talk to your doctor if you plan to become pregnant.

Medications To Avoid In Combination With Lamictal

Certain medications should not be used in conjunction with Lamictal. They may increase health risks. These medications are:

  • Hormonal contraceptives such as pills, injections, implants or any patches
  • Carbamazepine
  • Divalproex
  • Oxcarbazepine
  • Phenobarbital
  • Pimidone
  • Rifampin
  • Valproic acid

Vitamins, over-the-counter medications and any herbal concoctions should be mentioned to your doctor. These can interfere with the absorption and use of this medication. Never combine drugs if you do not know what the potential risks are. Alcohol can also increase side effect risks and may result in liver disease or kidney disease.

When taken properly Lamictal will help prevent seizure or alleviate manic depression problems.