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 1,553 904
Epilepsy 1,103 532
Bipolar II disorder 785 476
Bipolar I disorder 462 288
Depressed mood 166 113
Major depressive disorder 158 129

Show all 205 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 275
Moderate 428
Mild 608
None 984

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lamotrigine

Dosage Patients
200 mg daily 112
100 mg daily 73
25 mg daily 55
150 mg daily 48
200 mg twice daily 41
300 mg daily 36
400 mg daily 29
50 mg daily 28
100 mg twice daily 22
150 mg twice daily 17

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Why patients stopped taking Lamotrigine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 468
Did not seem to work 407
Doctor's advice 279
Other 201
Expense 68
Personal research 54
Course of treatment ended 43
Change in health plan coverage 35
See all 1048 patients who've stopped taking Lamotrigine

Duration

Currently taking Lamotrigine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 27
6 months - 1 year 33
1 - 2 years 77
2 - 5 years 157
5 - 10 years 176
10 years or more 103

Stopped taking Lamotrigine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 240
1 - 6 months 241
6 months - 1 year 159
1 - 2 years 142
2 - 5 years 170
5 - 10 years 94
10 years or more 18
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1880
Usually 287
Sometimes 50
Never taken as prescribed 78
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 99
Somewhat hard to take 208
A little hard to take 373
Not at all hard to take 1615
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 42
$100-199 49
$50-99 66
$25-49 123
< $25 1059
Not specified 956

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lamotrigine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 105
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 48
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 47
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 45
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) 37
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 27
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 20
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 16
Lurasidone (Latuda) 15

Show all 62 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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