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 1,430 838
Epilepsy 1,088 516
Bipolar II disorder 717 451
Bipolar I disorder 427 270
Depressed mood 157 104
Borderline personality disorder 148 98

Show all 218 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 256
Moderate 407
Mild 575
None 911

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lamotrigine

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 70
Headaches 69
Weight gain 68
Nausea 51
Rashes (redness, swelling) 48
Insomnia 46

Show all 518 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lamotrigine

Dosage Patients
200 mg daily 142
100 mg daily 89
150 mg daily 54
25 mg daily 51
200 mg twice daily 45
300 mg daily 39
50 mg daily 36
100 mg twice daily 35
400 mg daily 34
150 mg twice daily 25

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Why patients stopped taking Lamotrigine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 432
Did not seem to work 388
Doctor's advice 257
Other 189
Expense 65
Personal research 54
Course of treatment ended 41
Change in health plan coverage 32
See all 978 patients who've stopped taking Lamotrigine

Duration

Currently taking Lamotrigine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 56
6 months - 1 year 46
1 - 2 years 109
2 - 5 years 205
5 - 10 years 175
10 years or more 122

Stopped taking Lamotrigine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 211
1 - 6 months 231
6 months - 1 year 155
1 - 2 years 133
2 - 5 years 164
5 - 10 years 86
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1751
Usually 276
Sometimes 47
Never taken as prescribed 75
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 95
Somewhat hard to take 195
A little hard to take 355
Not at all hard to take 1504
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 42
$100-199 48
$50-99 64
$25-49 115
< $25 998
Not specified 882

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lamotrigine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 82
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 47
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 44
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 37
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 19

Show all 52 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lamotrigine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 38
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 21
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 20
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 11
Lurasidone (Latuda) 10

Show all 50 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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