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 1,532 885
Epilepsy 1,101 528
Bipolar II disorder 770 466
Bipolar I disorder 454 281
Depressed mood 161 106
Major depressive disorder 157 121

Show all 206 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
268
Moderate
415
Mild
593
None
963

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lamotrigine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 74
Dizziness 70
Headaches 68
Rashes (redness, swelling) 53
Nausea 50
Fatigue 48

Show all 523 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lamotrigine

Dosage Patients
200 mg daily 139
100 mg daily 104
25 mg daily 55
150 mg daily 55
200 mg twice daily 52
300 mg daily 47
50 mg daily 37
400 mg daily 37
100 mg twice daily 36
150 mg twice daily 24

See all 63 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Lamotrigine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 460
Did not seem to work 404
Doctor's advice 270
Other 200
Expense 68
Personal research 55
Course of treatment ended 42
Change in health plan coverage 35
See all 1028 patients who've stopped taking Lamotrigine

Duration

Currently taking Lamotrigine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 49
6 months - 1 year 66
1 - 2 years 98
2 - 5 years 211
5 - 10 years 185
10 years or more 125

Stopped taking Lamotrigine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 237
1 - 6 months 238
6 months - 1 year 153
1 - 2 years 137
2 - 5 years 170
5 - 10 years 94
10 years or more 16
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1830
Usually 284
Sometimes 49
Never taken as prescribed 76
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 95
Somewhat hard to take 201
A little hard to take 370
Not at all hard to take 1573
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 42
$100-199 50
$50-99 65
$25-49 120
< $25 1042
Not specified 920

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lamotrigine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 97
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 48
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 47
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 43
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 24

Show all 54 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lamotrigine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 38
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 24
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 22
Lurasidone (Latuda) 14
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 13

Show all 60 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: 200 mg Twice 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 All the time (24/7)

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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