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Lamotrigine Overview

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U.S. Brand Names

Lamictal®; Lamictal® ODT™; Lamictal® XR™

Canadian Brand Names

Apo-Lamotrigine®; Lamictal®; Mylan-Lamotrigine; Novo-Lamotrigine; PMS-Lamotrigine; ratio-Lamotrigine

Mexican Brand Names

Lamdra SBK; Lamictal; Protalgine

Pharmacologic Category

Anticonvulsant, Miscellaneous

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• Serious rashes have been reported. Children may be most likely to get these. Most occur within a few weeks of starting medicine but some appear after months of use. Talk with healthcare provider right away if you develop a rash.

• Please read the medication guide.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to lamotrigine or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

How does it work?

• Lamotrigine helps clear thinking.

• It calms the brain.

• It is a mood stabilizer.

How is it best taken?

• Take this medicine with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.

• Long-acting tablet: Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.

Chewable dispersible tablet: • May be swallowed whole, chewed, or mixed in water or fruit juice.

• If chewed, drink a little water or fruit juice to help swallow.

• May break up tablet by adding enough liquid to cover tablet in a glass or spoon. Wait at least 1 minute until completely broken up, mix and drink.

Oral-disintegrating tablet:Place on tongue and let dissolve. Water is not needed. Do not swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist regularly.

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect from light.

• Protect from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 13:27:37.0

Modified: 2010-08-17 15:52:41.0

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