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Chemical Name: LAMOTRIGINE (la-MOE-tri-jeen)
LAMICTAL is an anti-epileptic medication used either alone or in combination with other medications to treat epileptic seizures in adults and children. LAMICTAL is also used to delay mood episodes in adults with bipolar disorder (manic depression).
A tablet can be swallowed whole with a little water, chewed or can be dissolved in water to make a liquid medicine
You should not take LAMICTAL if you are allergic to lamotrigine. To ensure you can safely take this medication, tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease, a history of depression or suicidal thoughts or actions and/or if you are allergic to other seizure medications.
Patients who take LAMICTAL may have thoughts about suicide while taking this medication. Tell your doctor if you have new or worsening depression or suicidal thoughts during the first several months of treatment, or whenever your dose is changed. Your family or other caregivers should also be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits.
This medication must not be used during pregnancy because it may cause harm to an unborn baby. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Breast-feeding while using this medication is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Get emergency medical help if you have any signs of an allergic reaction including hives, fever, swollen glands, and painful sores in or around your eyes or mouth, difficulty breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
LAMICTAL can 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 lamotrigine 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.
Call your doctor at once if you have any new or worsening symptoms including 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.
Immediately contact your doctor if you experience any serious side effects including:
- sign of any skin rash
- fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash
- chest pain
- pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding
- fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms
- muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness with fever or flu symptoms and dark colored urine
- nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
- dizziness or drowsiness
- blurred vision
- mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, upset stomach
- lack of coordination
- weight loss
- sleep problems (insomnia), unusual dreams
- runny or stuffy nose
Product Code: 1594
What is a Generic Drug?
A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.