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 1,463 852
Epilepsy 1,094 523
Bipolar II disorder 730 453
Bipolar I disorder 435 274
Depressed mood 158 105
Borderline personality disorder 150 101

Show all 204 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 261
Moderate 410
Mild 582
None 929

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lamotrigine

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 69
Weight gain 69
Headaches 66
Rashes (redness, swelling) 50
Nausea 48
Fatigue 46

Show all 521 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lamotrigine

Dosage Patients
200 mg daily 126
100 mg daily 81
25 mg daily 58
150 mg daily 49
200 mg twice daily 45
300 mg daily 37
100 mg twice daily 33
50 mg daily 32
400 mg daily 30
150 mg twice daily 19

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Why patients stopped taking Lamotrigine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 437
Did not seem to work 395
Doctor's advice 261
Other 191
Expense 66
Personal research 54
Course of treatment ended 42
Change in health plan coverage 33
See all 989 patients who've stopped taking Lamotrigine

Duration

Currently taking Lamotrigine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 60
6 months - 1 year 45
1 - 2 years 97
2 - 5 years 187
5 - 10 years 151
10 years or more 115

Stopped taking Lamotrigine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 212
1 - 6 months 233
6 months - 1 year 158
1 - 2 years 133
2 - 5 years 168
5 - 10 years 87
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1782
Usually 278
Sometimes 47
Never taken as prescribed 75
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 95
Somewhat hard to take 199
A little hard to take 361
Not at all hard to take 1527
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 42
$100-199 49
$50-99 65
$25-49 117
< $25 1015
Not specified 894

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lamotrigine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 86
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 48
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 45
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 39
Topiramate (Topamax) 21

Show all 54 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lamotrigine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 38
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 22
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 22
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 12
Lurasidone (Latuda) 11

Show all 57 treatments patients report switching to

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139 patient evaluations for Lamotrigine

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

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

Jul 19, 2016 (Started Jan 08, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar II disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Stay on top of getting it adjusted when it does not seem to be working.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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