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 1,548 898
Epilepsy 1,102 528
Bipolar II disorder 782 473
Bipolar I disorder 461 287
Depressed mood 165 112
Major depressive disorder 156 125

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 273
Moderate 424
Mild 605
None 979

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lamotrigine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 78
Dizziness 70
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 118
100 mg daily 78
25 mg daily 52
150 mg daily 51
300 mg daily 37
200 mg twice daily 36
400 mg daily 32
50 mg daily 30
100 mg twice daily 27
150 mg twice daily 19

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Why patients stopped taking Lamotrigine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 464
Did not seem to work 405
Doctor's advice 277
Other 200
Expense 69
Personal research 54
Course of treatment ended 43
Change in health plan coverage 35
See all 1042 patients who've stopped taking Lamotrigine

Duration

Currently taking Lamotrigine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 8
1 - 6 months 25
6 months - 1 year 36
1 - 2 years 78
2 - 5 years 164
5 - 10 years 181
10 years or more 104

Stopped taking Lamotrigine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 240
1 - 6 months 240
6 months - 1 year 158
1 - 2 years 141
2 - 5 years 168
5 - 10 years 95
10 years or more 17
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1868
Usually 286
Sometimes 50
Never taken as prescribed 77
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 97
Somewhat hard to take 208
A little hard to take 371
Not at all hard to take 1605
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 42
$100-199 49
$50-99 66
$25-49 122
< $25 1053
Not specified 949

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lamotrigine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 102
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 49
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 48
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) 14

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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