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Composition for LAMICTAL

Lamotrigine(5 mg)

food interaction for LAMICTAL

alcohol interaction for LAMICTAL

pregnancy interaction for LAMICTAL

lactation interaction for LAMICTAL

It can be taken with or without food, but it is better to take Lamictal 5mg tablet dt at a fixed time.
Lamictal 5mg tablet dt may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness with alcohol.
Lamictal 5mg tablet dt may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Either animal studies have shown adverse effect on fetus and there are no human studies or studies in human and animals are not available. It should be given only if potential benefits justifies risk to the fetus. Please consult your doctor.
Lamictal 5mg tablet dt is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.


Lamotrigine(5 mg)


Lamictal 5mg tablet dt is used to treat partial seizures (fits due to involvement of only one side of brain), generalized tonic-clonic seizure (fits due to involvement of entire brain), bipolar disorder (alternating periods of excitation and depression), and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (a disorder that causes fits and delays development in children).

How it works

Lamictal 5mg tablet dt is an anticonvulsant drug that belongs to a class of medications called phenyltriazines. Lamictal 5mg tablet dt works by stabilizing the hyper-excited nerve fibers, and slowing abnormal nerve impulses in brain.

Common side effects

Pain, Aggression, Agitation, Joint pain, Back pain, Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Dry mouth, Headache, Insomnia, Irritation, Nausea, Rash, Sleeping for unusually long periods, Tremor, Vomiting, Fatigue


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Expert advice for LAMICTAL

  • Do not start lamotrigine and consult your doctor if have kidney problems, Parkinson’s disease (movement disorder) have had rash or meningitis after taking lamotrigine or any medicines for epilepsy or bipolar disorder.
  • Ask for medical advice if you get suicidal thoughts, frequency of fits increases or worsens, or if you suffer from allergic reaction, life-threatening skin reaction, Stevens-Johnson syndrome (serious, widespread, allergic reaction with a rash involving the skin and internal lining of the organs), extensive peeling of skin (toxic epidermal necrolysis), ulcers in mouth, throat or genitals, sore mouth, red or swollen eyes, high temperature, flu like symptoms, drowsiness, swelling around face, swollen glands in neck, unexpected bleeding or bruising, sore throat, increased liver enzymes, increased white blood cells, reduced red blood cells, enlarged lymph after taking lamotrigine.
  • Lamotrigine is not a recommended treatment for bipolar disorder in children and adolescents under 18 years of age.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you feel well as lamotrigine can cause dizziness and blurred vision.
  • Do not stop taking lamotrigine until your doctor advises to do so and do not stop it abruptly.

Frequently asked questions for LAMICTAL


Q. Is lamotrigine safe or dangerous? 
Lamotrigine is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is lamotrigine a narcotic, benzo, antipsychotic, depression?
Lamotrigine is not narcotic, benzo. Lamotrigine can be used to treat psychosis and depression.
Q. Is lamotrigine a benzodiazepine, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor?
Lamotrigine is not a benzodiazepine or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor.
Q. Is lamotrigine the same as Lamictal?
Lamictal is the brand name of lamotrigine.
Q. Can lamotrigine be taken with ibuprofen, tramadol, pseudoephedrine (Sudafed), paracetamol (Tylenol), alprazolam (Xanax), gabapentin, Nyquil, Benadryl or Mucinex?
Lamotrigine when taken with ibuprofen, benadryl, tramadol, pseudoephedrine, paracetamol, alprazolam, gabapentin, Nyquil or guaifenesin (Mucinex) can lead to increased side effect.
Q. Does lamotrigine get you high, cause insomnia, acne, anxiety, headache, diarrhea, erectile dysfunction or tremors?
Lamotrigine can cause insomnia, acne, anxiety, headache, diarrhea, erectile dysfunction and tremors.


Content on this page was last updated on 20 September, 2014, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)