What is Lamotrigine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Lamotrigine is an anticonvulsant that is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat seizures in adults and children who are at least 2 years old. Lamotrigine is also used as maintenance treatment for bipolar I disorder.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Bipolar disorder 1,559 910
Epilepsy 1,105 534
Bipolar II disorder 788 476
Bipolar I disorder 463 291
Depressed mood 167 118
Major depressive disorder 160 132

Show all 210 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 282
Moderate 428
Mild 608
None 990

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lamotrigine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 79
Dizziness 71
Headaches 69
Rashes (redness, swelling) 52
Nausea 50
Memory problems 48

Show all 410 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lamotrigine

Dosage Patients
200 mg daily 106
100 mg daily 79
25 mg daily 44
150 mg daily 44
200 mg twice daily 41
300 mg daily 37
50 mg daily 30
400 mg daily 27
100 mg twice daily 24
150 mg twice daily 20

See all 57 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Lamotrigine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 473
Did not seem to work 408
Doctor's advice 280
Other 201
Expense 67
Personal research 54
Course of treatment ended 43
Change in health plan coverage 36
See all 1053 patients who've stopped taking Lamotrigine

Duration

Currently taking Lamotrigine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 23
6 months - 1 year 38
1 - 2 years 69
2 - 5 years 157
5 - 10 years 171
10 years or more 97

Stopped taking Lamotrigine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 242
1 - 6 months 243
6 months - 1 year 160
1 - 2 years 141
2 - 5 years 171
5 - 10 years 94
10 years or more 18
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1891
Usually 289
Sometimes 50
Never taken as prescribed 78
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 99
Somewhat hard to take 210
A little hard to take 374
Not at all hard to take 1625
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 43
$100-199 49
$50-99 66
$25-49 123
< $25 1062
Not specified 965

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lamotrigine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 105
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 48
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 47
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 47
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 24

Show all 53 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lamotrigine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 39
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 28
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 20
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 16
Lurasidone (Latuda) 15

Show all 63 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

140 patient evaluations for Lamotrigine

Dec 30, 2017 (Started Feb 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar mixed episodes)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 20, 2017 (Started Dec 23, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for seizures)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (loss of balance)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: I could barely walk when my dose got up to 2 tablets twice a day.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Feb 5, 2017 (Started Dec 23, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for seizures)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (loss of balance)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Twice daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 9, 2017 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar rapid cycling)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily

Dec 4, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar rapid cycling)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg All the time (24/7)

  • 0 helpful marks
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