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 1,538 890
Epilepsy 1,104 529
Bipolar II disorder 773 467
Bipolar I disorder 455 285
Depressed mood 161 107
Major depressive disorder 158 124

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 270
Moderate 416
Mild 602
None 971

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lamotrigine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 77
Dizziness 70
Headaches 69
Rashes (redness, swelling) 52
Nausea 50
Fatigue 47

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lamotrigine

Dosage Patients
200 mg daily 144
100 mg daily 92
150 mg daily 54
25 mg daily 52
300 mg daily 46
200 mg twice daily 43
100 mg twice daily 39
50 mg daily 34
400 mg daily 34
150 mg twice daily 23

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Why patients stopped taking Lamotrigine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 462
Did not seem to work 407
Doctor's advice 272
Other 199
Expense 69
Personal research 54
Course of treatment ended 42
Change in health plan coverage 35
See all 1036 patients who've stopped taking Lamotrigine

Duration

Currently taking Lamotrigine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 35
6 months - 1 year 64
1 - 2 years 99
2 - 5 years 201
5 - 10 years 188
10 years or more 113

Stopped taking Lamotrigine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 238
1 - 6 months 241
6 months - 1 year 154
1 - 2 years 139
2 - 5 years 171
5 - 10 years 93
10 years or more 17
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1848
Usually 284
Sometimes 50
Never taken as prescribed 77
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 96
Somewhat hard to take 205
A little hard to take 370
Not at all hard to take 1588
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 42
$100-199 50
$50-99 65
$25-49 120
< $25 1049
Not specified 933

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lamotrigine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 99
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 48
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 48
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) 37
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 26
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 21
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 14
Lurasidone (Latuda) 14

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: 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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