Lamotrigine Tablet: Uses, Dosage, Side Effects, Composition & More - Zoylo
INFORMATION ABOUT LAMOTRIGINE
LAMOTRIGINE is an antiepileptic drug. It is used to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder.
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It is not necessary for all people to experience the above side-effects.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR LAMOTRIGINE
• Take LAMOTRIGINE with or without food at daily at same time for best results.
• While taking LAMOTRIGINE, if you have thoughts of harming or killing yourself consult your doctor immediately as it has been reported as a serious side effect.
• Your doctor will advise you to get laboratory tests done before and during the treatment for evaluating your health condition.
• LAMOTRIGINE is not recommended during pregnancy because it may harm your unborn baby.
• LAMOTRIGINE is not recommended to children below 2 years of age.
• Bring to your doctor’s notice if you have Brugada syndrome (genetic disorder caused by abnormal electrical activity of heart) as LAMOTRIGINE may trigger the electrical activity of heart and cause abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia) and sudden cardiac death.
• Notify your doctor if you are taking antibiotics and any medicines used to treat mental health problems, epilepsy and HIV because they may affect the way LAMOTRIGINE is working and vice versa.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. How does LAMOTRIGINE work? A. LAMOTRIGINE belongs to a class of medicines called antiepileptics. LAMOTRIGINE reduces seizures and mood swings by stabilising the electrical signals in the brain. Brain cells contact each other by sending electric signals and it is normal to send a certain number of signals per second. If the brain cells send more signals than our body can handle, then it can cause seizures and mood swings.
Q. Does LAMOTRIGINE cause anaphylaxis (life-threatening allergic reaction)? A. Yes, LAMOTRIGINE may cause Stevens-Jonsons syndrome (SJS), toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) and drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS) which are potentially life-threatening allergic reactions. Consult your doctor straight away, if you experience any allergic reactions such as widespread rash with blisters around mouth, eyes, nose and genitals and peeling of the skin. These may be are symptoms of SJS, TEN and DRESS.
Q. Can I take hormonal contraceptives with LAMOTRIGINE? A. No, it is not advised to take hormonal contraceptives with LAMOTRIGINE. LAMOTRIGINE might decrease the effectiveness of hormonal contraceptives and can cause breakthrough bleeding, spotting, or pregnancy. So, it is advised to use non-hormonal contraceptives.
Q. Can I take valproate (used to treat epilepsy) with LAMOTRIGINE? A. No, it is not advised to take valproate with LAMOTRIGINE until and unless prescribed by your doctor because valproate may interact with LAMOTRIGINE and can increase the risk of side effects. Check with your doctor before taking the two together.
Q. Does LAMOTRIGINE treat Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (epilepsy syndrome)? A. Yes, LAMOTRIGINE is used to treat seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Usually combination of LAMOTRIGINE and other antiepileptic medicines are used to treat Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.