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 1,388 805
epilepsy 1,073 506
bipolar II disorder 696 430
bipolar I disorder 418 262
Depressed mood 152 100
borderline personality disorder 144 92

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 247
Moderate 392
Mild 558
None 884

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lamotrigine

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 67
Headaches 67
Weight gain 66
Nausea 49
Insomnia 46
Problems concentrating 45

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lamotrigine

Dosage Patients
200 mg daily 162
100 mg daily 98
25 mg daily 62
150 mg daily 60
300 mg daily 48
200 mg twice daily 46
50 mg daily 44
400 mg daily 42
100 mg twice daily 39
150 mg twice daily 27

See all 67 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Lamotrigine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 416
Did not seem to work 382
Doctor's advice 251
Other 186
Expense 64
Personal research 53
Course of treatment ended 39
Change in health plan coverage 31
See all 956 patients who've stopped taking Lamotrigine

Duration

Currently taking Lamotrigine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 59
6 months - 1 year 88
1 - 2 years 142
2 - 5 years 188
5 - 10 years 186
10 years or more 111

Stopped taking Lamotrigine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 201
1 - 6 months 227
6 months - 1 year 155
1 - 2 years 130
2 - 5 years 158
5 - 10 years 86
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1694
Usually 269
Sometimes 46
Never taken as prescribed 72
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 92
Somewhat hard to take 189
A little hard to take 348
Not at all hard to take 1452
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 42
$100-199 48
$50-99 64
$25-49 115
< $25 963
Not specified 849

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lamotrigine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 79
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 44
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 42
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 37
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 18

Show all 53 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lamotrigine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 36
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 20
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 19
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 11
Lurasidone (Latuda) 9

Show all 51 treatments patients report switching to

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138 patient evaluations for Lamotrigine

charkimber
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Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 1
Emotional: 3
Anxiety: 4
Compulsion: 4
External Stress: Severe
57 F
Function: Low
Distress: High
I am: n
I have:
bipolar II disorder

See charkimber's full Lamotrigine history

Jan 18, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar II disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Don't go off without talking to doctor. I came out of the fog after starting this medication.

  • 0 helpful marks
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Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Low
30 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: b
I have:
borderline personality disorder

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
lilboo1199
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Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Relapse: Severe
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: mild
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See lilboo1199's full Lamotrigine history

Jul 15, 2016 (Started May 05, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Seizures)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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