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 1,520 874
Epilepsy 1,100 526
Bipolar II disorder 766 463
Bipolar I disorder 452 280
Depressed mood 160 106
Major depressive disorder 158 121

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
268
Moderate
414
Mild
594
None
952

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lamotrigine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 72
Dizziness 69
Headaches 68
Rashes (redness, swelling) 53
Nausea 49
Fatigue 48

Show all 524 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lamotrigine

Dosage Patients
200 mg daily 141
100 mg daily 106
150 mg daily 56
25 mg daily 54
200 mg twice daily 51
300 mg daily 43
50 mg daily 36
100 mg twice daily 35
400 mg daily 35
150 mg twice daily 23

See all 66 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Lamotrigine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 459
Did not seem to work 402
Doctor's advice 268
Other 199
Expense 68
Personal research 54
Course of treatment ended 42
Change in health plan coverage 35
See all 1022 patients who've stopped taking Lamotrigine

Duration

Currently taking Lamotrigine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 47
6 months - 1 year 73
1 - 2 years 97
2 - 5 years 208
5 - 10 years 186
10 years or more 128

Stopped taking Lamotrigine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 234
1 - 6 months 237
6 months - 1 year 153
1 - 2 years 137
2 - 5 years 170
5 - 10 years 92
10 years or more 16
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1821
Usually 283
Sometimes 48
Never taken as prescribed 76
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 95
Somewhat hard to take 201
A little hard to take 368
Not at all hard to take 1564
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 42
$100-199 50
$50-99 65
$25-49 119
< $25 1035
Not specified 917

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lamotrigine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 96
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 48
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 47
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 43
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 23

Show all 53 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
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 13
Lurasidone (Latuda) 12

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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