Basic Information On Lamictal
Lamictal is thought to act by affecting the Sodium channels and inhibit the abnormal activity in the brain. This action restricts the brief changes in the brain’s electrical signals, prevents them from spreading, thereby controlling seizures in an epileptic patient. Lamictal/Lamotrigine is an anti-convulsions drug. It is prescribed as an auxiliary treatment for partial seizures (patient must already be under AED treatment), primary generalized tonic-clonic seizure and Lannox-Gastaut syndrome for patients above two years of age. In bipolar I disorder, the medicine is indicated for maintenance therapy of adults who are 18 years and older. It reduces the frequency of mood changes like hypomania, depression, mania and helps in improving quality of life in work and social interactions.
Precaution/ Side Effects for Lamictal
Lamictal like all antiepileptic drugs (AED) may increase the risk of suicidal tendencies in thought and even attempts. If you take care of a person under AED, observe changes in moods and behavior and report to the doctor. Lamictal has been confused with a few other drugs which sound similar. Further, brand or generic Lamictal drug comes in different formulations namely tablets that disintegrate in the mouth, chewable tablets and regular tablets. Ascertain that you have purchased the right medicine and the right formulation exactly as per the prescription by inspecting the package and reading the companion medical guide carefully. Oral contraceptives containing estrogen are known to affect the Lamotrigine concentration in serum. Double-vision, dizziness, or anorexia may arise.
Double-vision, dizziness, mood changes, vomiting, anxiety, rhinitis are some common side effects of brand or generic Lamictal. Severe skin rashes (could be life threatening), status epilepticus in which the seizure lasts longer than 30 minutes have been reported in some cases of Lamotrigine use. Immediate medical attention is essential in both these events. Risk of babies being born with cleft-lip/palate may increase when the mother is treated with Lamictal in early stages of pregnancy.
The dosage strictly depends upon the type of seizure, age, body conditions and any other concomitant medication (some examples- Phenytoin, Valproate Carbamazepine) oral contraceptives, previous treatment with brand or generic Lamictal/ Lamotrigine. Follow the prescribed dosage meticulously. Do not increase or decrease the dose or stop the medication suddenly without consulting the doctor. When needed, the dosage may be gradually decreased. It could take some weeks before the optimum dose for each individual is reached. Lamictal may be taken either with or without food based on doctor’s suggestion. The regular tablets must be swallowed without munching. The chewable tablets have a bitter taste.
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