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 1,217 670
Epilepsy 1,063 489
Bipolar II Disorder 615 359
Bipolar I Disorder 379 228
Depressed mood 143 95
Borderline Personality Disorder 129 74

Show all 209 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 214
Moderate 359
Mild 508
None 770

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lamotrigine

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 66
Headaches 61
Weight gain 55
Nausea 46
Insomnia 44
Problems concentrating 44

Show all 484 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lamotrigine

Dosage Patients
200 mg daily 108
100 mg daily 74
150 mg daily 51
300 mg daily 46
25 mg daily 44
200 mg twice daily 36
100 mg twice daily 35
400 mg daily 32
50 mg daily 30
150 mg twice daily 21

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Why patients stopped taking Lamotrigine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 381
Did not seem to work 359
Doctor's advice 242
Other 174
Expense 62
Personal research 50
Course of treatment ended 36
Change in health plan coverage 31
See all 890 patients who’ve stopped taking Lamotrigine

Duration

Currently taking Lamotrigine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 40
6 months - 1 year 68
1 - 2 years 97
2 - 5 years 149
5 - 10 years 155
10 years or more 89

Stopped taking Lamotrigine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 179
1 - 6 months 222
6 months - 1 year 142
1 - 2 years 123
2 - 5 years 146
5 - 10 years 79
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1506
Usually 249
Sometimes 38
Never taken as prescribed 58
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 80
Somewhat hard to take 173
A little hard to take 315
Not at all hard to take 1283
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 40
$100-199 45
$50-99 61
$25-49 108
< $25 868
Not specified 729

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lamotrigine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 61
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 32
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 30
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 29
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 15

Show all 49 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lamotrigine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 26
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 16
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 15
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 9
Oxcarbazepine (Trileptal) 9

Show all 45 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: 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

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
3 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: 2 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 60
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 12 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • 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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