What is Lamotrigine?

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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 1,095 579
Epilepsy 1,058 482
Bipolar II Disorder 567 324
Bipolar I Disorder 353 210
Depressed mood 140 91
Borderline Personality Disorder 125 69

Show all 207 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 200
Moderate 342
Mild 469
None 695

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lamotrigine

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 65
Headaches 59
Weight gain 52
Nausea 43
Insomnia 42
Problems concentrating 41

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lamotrigine

Dosage Patients
200 mg daily 83
100 mg daily 54
25 mg daily 37
300 mg daily 32
150 mg daily 31
400 mg daily 24
100 mg twice daily 23
200 mg twice daily 23
50 mg daily 18
150 mg twice daily 16

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Why patients stopped taking Lamotrigine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 361
Did not seem to work 348
Doctor's advice 232
Other 164
Expense 58
Personal research 48
Course of treatment ended 34
Change in health plan coverage 30
See all 850 patients who’ve stopped taking Lamotrigine

Duration

Currently taking Lamotrigine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 9
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 50
1 - 2 years 76
2 - 5 years 125
5 - 10 years 111
10 years or more 56

Stopped taking Lamotrigine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 173
1 - 6 months 217
6 months - 1 year 136
1 - 2 years 119
2 - 5 years 135
5 - 10 years 73
10 years or more 13
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1391
Usually 228
Sometimes 37
Never taken as prescribed 50
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 75
Somewhat hard to take 163
A little hard to take 292
Not at all hard to take 1176
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 39
$100-199 45
$50-99 59
$25-49 105
< $25 797
Not specified 661

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lamotrigine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 44
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 25
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 24
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 23
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 14

Show all 48 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lamotrigine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 15
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 12
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 10
Oxcarbazepine (Trileptal) 9
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 8

Show all 44 treatments patients report switching to

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135 patient evaluations for Lamotrigine

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one_step_closer
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Low
30 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Borderline Personality

See one_step_closer's full Lamotrigine history

Aug 10, 2016 (Started Oct 25, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Borderline Personality Disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 28y
  • Duration: ? yrs
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Severe
  • Physical: Severe
2 seizures
this week
I am: b
I have:
Epilepsy

See Srs2388's full Lamotrigine history

Jun 30, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Treat side effects of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Suicide attempt, Rashes (redness, swelling), Lethargy, Memory and cognition problems)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Make depression worse, and a rash.

Jan 3, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Treat side effects of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Suicide attempt, Rashes (redness, swelling), Lethargy, Memory and cognition problems)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: This will destroy your memory and leave you feeling tired all the time. 

Apr 13, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Treat side effects of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Suicide attempt, Rashes (redness, swelling), Lethargy, Memory and cognition problems)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Twice daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 60
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 12 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
I am: vg
I have:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

See poppysmom's full Lamotrigine history

May 22, 2016 (Started Nov 07, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Bipolar II Disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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