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It is not known exactly how lamotrigine
Lamotrigine is used to treat a broad
range of seizures. It helps control
partial seizures, especially partial seizures with
secondary generalization. It may also be effective in treating
absence seizures and
generalized tonic-clonic seizures.
Lamotrigine is also used in children who have Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and who have not responded to
other drug treatment.
When lamotrigine is added to another
medicine being taken for partial epilepsy, it can help control seizures that haven't been controlled by one medicine
When it is used alone, lamotrigine can help control partial or generalized seizures in adults and absence seizures in children.2
Most people tolerate lamotrigine very
well. Common side effects include:
In rare cases, lamotrigine may cause a serious skin rash. Contact your doctor if you develop a rash while taking
FDA Advisory. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has
issued an advisory on antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) and the risk of suicide. Talk
to your doctor about these possible side effects and the warning signs of suicide in adults and in children and teens.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects.
(Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
It may take time and careful,
controlled adjustments by you and your doctor to find the combination,
schedule, and dosing of medicine to best manage your epilepsy. The goal is to
prevent seizures while causing as few side effects as possible. After
you and your doctor figure out the medicine program that works best for you, make sure to follow your program exactly as prescribed.
Complete the new medication information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you understand this medication.
Ramaratnam S, et al. (2001). Lamotrigine add-on for
drug-resistant partial epilepsy. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (3).
Drugs for epilepsy (2008). Treatment Guidelines From The Medical Letter, 6(70): 37–46.
August 28, 2013
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
& Steven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology
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