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 1,336 766
Epilepsy 1,070 500
Bipolar II Disorder 672 408
Bipolar I Disorder 412 256
Depressed mood 147 97
Borderline Personality Disorder 141 90

Show all 215 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 233
Moderate 385
Mild 541
None 847

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lamotrigine

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 67
Headaches 65
Weight gain 62
Nausea 48
Insomnia 45
Problems concentrating 45

Show all 506 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lamotrigine

Dosage Patients
200 mg daily 135
100 mg daily 93
150 mg daily 62
25 mg daily 57
200 mg twice daily 45
300 mg daily 43
100 mg twice daily 42
50 mg daily 41
400 mg daily 39
150 mg twice daily 27

See all 72 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Lamotrigine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 402
Did not seem to work 374
Doctor's advice 246
Other 182
Expense 62
Personal research 52
Course of treatment ended 37
Change in health plan coverage 32
See all 934 patients who’ve stopped taking Lamotrigine

Duration

Currently taking Lamotrigine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 10
1 - 6 months 55
6 months - 1 year 81
1 - 2 years 130
2 - 5 years 175
5 - 10 years 177
10 years or more 104

Stopped taking Lamotrigine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 194
1 - 6 months 224
6 months - 1 year 151
1 - 2 years 127
2 - 5 years 155
5 - 10 years 83
10 years or more 16
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1631
Usually 263
Sometimes 44
Never taken as prescribed 68
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 88
Somewhat hard to take 185
A little hard to take 335
Not at all hard to take 1398
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 42
$100-199 48
$50-99 62
$25-49 112
< $25 929
Not specified 813

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lamotrigine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 75
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 40
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 40
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 35
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 16

Show all 52 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lamotrigine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 32
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 19
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 18
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 11
Oxcarbazepine (Trileptal) 8

Show all 50 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: 3
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Moderate
30 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
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: 29y
  • Duration: ? yrs
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Severe
  • Physical: Severe
2 seizures
15 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: 60
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 12 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • 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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