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 1,067 555
Epilepsy 1,051 475
Bipolar II Disorder 558 314
Bipolar I Disorder 343 206
Depressed mood 140 91
Borderline Personality Disorder 123 70

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 193
Moderate 336
Mild 458
None 674

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lamotrigine

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 64
Headaches 59
Weight gain 50
Insomnia 42
Nausea 42
Problems concentrating 41

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lamotrigine

Dosage Patients
200 mg daily 78
100 mg daily 45
25 mg daily 37
150 mg daily 27
300 mg daily 25
200 mg twice daily 23
400 mg daily 22
100 mg twice daily 21
50 mg daily 17
150 mg twice daily 14

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Why patients stopped taking Lamotrigine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 359
Did not seem to work 343
Doctor's advice 224
Other 164
Expense 57
Personal research 48
Course of treatment ended 34
Change in health plan coverage 28
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Duration

Currently taking Lamotrigine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 30
6 months - 1 year 43
1 - 2 years 67
2 - 5 years 101
5 - 10 years 103
10 years or more 56

Stopped taking Lamotrigine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 171
1 - 6 months 212
6 months - 1 year 135
1 - 2 years 117
2 - 5 years 134
5 - 10 years 73
10 years or more 13
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1352
Usually 225
Sometimes 35
Never taken as prescribed 49
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 70
Somewhat hard to take 156
A little hard to take 288
Not at all hard to take 1147
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 38
$100-199 44
$50-99 57
$25-49 104
< $25 785
Not specified 633

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lamotrigine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 39
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 22
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 21
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 19
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 13

Show all 47 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lamotrigine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 12
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 12
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 11
Oxcarbazepine (Trileptal) 9
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 8

Show all 39 treatments patients report switching to

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137 patient evaluations for Lamotrigine

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Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: None
29 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: n
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
1 seizure
9 weeks ago
I am: vb
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: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 59
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 12 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
I am: vg
I have:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

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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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