Lamitor DT 25 Tablet

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Overview

Introduction

Lamitor DT 25 Tablet belongs to a group of medicines called anti-epileptics. It is used to treat two conditions, epilepsy and bipolar disorder. It works by blocking the signals in the brain that trigger epileptic seizures (fits) and in another way to prevent extreme mood swings.

Lamitor DT 25 Tablet can be used alone or in combination with other medicines. It may be taken with or without food. Your doctor will decide the correct dose for you. This may increase gradually until your condition is stable. This medicine may take several weeks to work but it is important to take it regularly to get the maximum benefit. Do not stop taking it, even if you feel fine unless your doctor advises you to. You may have more seizures, or your bipolar disorder may get worse.

The most common side effects of this medicine include skin rashes, headache, nausea and vomiting, difficulty sleeping, dizziness, and feeling sleepy or drowsy. Most side effects wear off, but if they bother you or do not go away, tell your doctor. Inform your doctor immediately if you notice a rash or peeling of skin. There may be ways of preventing or reducing these effects. Long-term treatment can cause weakness in your bones (osteoporosis), increasing your risk of breaking a bone.

Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver problems, depression or suicidal thoughts. Also let your healthcare professional know about all other medications you are using as some may affect, or be affected by, this medicine, including contraceptive pills. Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding as the dose may need to be adjusted. You should avoid driving or anything that requires concentration if this medicine makes you drowsy or dizzy. You may need frequent blood tests to check how you are responding to this medicine.

Uses of Lamitor Tablet DT

Side effects of Lamitor Tablet DT

Common
  • Skin rash
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dryness in mouth
  • Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping)
  • Sleepiness
  • Dizziness
  • Back pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Impaired coordination
  • Nasal congestion (stuffy nose)
  • Infection

How to cope with side effects?

The occurrence of side effects varies from person to person. The following are a few ways of dealing with some of the common side effects. However, consult your doctor if these persist.

  • Coping with Skin rash
    There are many treatments for a wide range of skin problems. Avoid hot showers or baths because hot water can irritate the skin. Make sure to pat dry your skin after a bath or shower. Do not rub or scratch the affected area. Leave the skin exposed to the air as much as possible. Do not use perfumed soaps or deodorants. Water containing chlorine can make most skin problems worse, so avoid swimming. Avoid spicy foods, alcohol, tobacco smoke and caffeine as it may also make itching worse. Avoid excessive sun exposure. Always use sunscreen and protective clothing when outdoors. Moisturizers can be used regularly to soothe and hydrate the affected area. If it does not get better within a week, speak to a pharmacist or doctor.
  • Coping with Headache
    Make sure you rest and drink plenty of fluids. Rest in a quiet, dimly lit room. Do not sleep more than you normally would. Do not strain your eyes (for example by looking at a screen). Do not drink alcohol. Headaches are usually temporary and usually go away with time. But, if they last longer or get worse, ask your doctor to recommend a painkiller.
  • Coping with Nausea
    You can help yourself by eating small, frequent meals rather than large ones and drinking plenty of fluids. Eat slowly. Avoid fatty, fried, spicy and very sweet foods. Eat cold or slightly warm food if the smell of cooked or cooking food makes you feel sick. Get plenty of fresh air. You could also try chewing ginger or drinking ginger tea. Eat bananas to replace potassium in your blood which can drop if you are sick (vomit). Use oral rehydration salts to replace vitamins and minerals lost through being sick. There are some medicines that can help you stop from feeling sick. Speak to your doctor if your condition does not improve.
  • Coping with Vomiting
    You can help yourself by eating small, frequent meals rather than large ones and drinking plenty of fluids. Eat slowly. Avoid fatty, fried, spicy and very sweet foods. Eat cold or slightly warm food if the smell of cooked or cooking food makes you feel sick. Get plenty of fresh air. You could also try chewing ginger or drinking ginger tea. Eat bananas to replace potassium in your blood which can drop if you are sick (vomit). Use oral rehydration salts to replace vitamins and minerals lost through being sick. There are some medicines that can help you stop feeling sick. Speak to your doctor if your condition does not improve.
  • Coping with Dryness in mouth
    Keep a drink available that you can sip through the day. Rinse your mouth with warm salted water and chew sugarless gum or hard candy. Try breathing through your nose more often than your mouth. Avoid caffeinated beverages, smoking and alcohol because they can make your condition worse. Use lip balm if your lips are also dry. Try to avoid foods that are acidic (like lemons), spicy, salty or sugary. If this side effect bothers you or does not go away, talk to your doctor about artificial saliva products or other suitable treatments.
  • Coping with Sleepiness
    If the medicine is making you drowsy during the day, stop what you are doing and sit or lie down until you feel better. You can also consider taking a nap. Physical exercises such as walking may be helpful. Do not drink alcohol, as it will make you feel more tired. Avoid driving or operating heavy equipment when you are feeling drowsy. This problem usually goes away as your body gets used to the medicine. However, if it does not, ask your doctor if you can take your medicine at bedtime or whether the dose can be reduced.
  • Coping with Dizziness
    This is usually short-lived and should go away within a few days. If this happens, stop what you are doing and sit or lie down until you feel better. Lying still in a dark, quiet room may help reduce the spinning feeling. Sleep with your head slightly raised on two or more pillows. Get up slowly from a lying or sitting position. Get plenty of rest and try to relax as being anxious can make it worse. Try taking this medicine at bedtime to reduce the symptoms. Drinking plenty of water and ginger tea may also help. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and smoking as it will make you feel worse. Avoid driving or using tools or machinery until you feel better.
  • Coping with Back pain
    Stay as active as possible and try to continue your daily activities. Do not rest for long periods. Try exercises and stretches specifically designed for back pain. Walking, swimming, yoga and pilates may also be helpful. Taking baths with salt water after exercise may also reduce the pain. Hot or cold compression packs and gentle back massage can give short-term relief. Take anti-inflammatory painkillers if you need to. Back pain normally gets better on its own but if it is severe or lasts more than a couple of weeks, you should see a doctor.
  • Coping with Abdominal pain
    In most cases, this is mild enough to be treated at home. Try to rest and relax. Putting a heat pad or covered hot water bottle on your stomach may also help. Having a warm bath or shower can help you relax and relieve the pain. Drink plenty of clear fluids such as water and reduce your intake of coffee, tea, lemon juice or soda. Avoid alcohol and smoking as these can aggravate the pain. Eating slowly and having smaller and more frequent meals can also help. If the pain is severe, speak to your doctor. They may be able to guide you better.
  • Coping with Blurred vision
    You can consider washing your eyes with water. Avoid driving or using tools or machines if your vision is impaired. Do not take your next dose if your vision is still blurry. If it gets worse or does not improve, ask your doctor to recommend eye drops or talk about changing your medications.
  • Coping with Impaired coordination
    If you feel unsteady, stop what you are doing and sit or lie down until you feel better. Try getting up very slowly from a sitting or lying position. If your condition does not improve, talk with your doctor about changing the dose or trying an alternative medicine.
  • Coping with Nasal congestion (stuffy nose)
    Try saline spray or nose drops. Taking steam inhalation or placing a warm wet towel on your face can also help. Use a humidifier if the air in your house is too dry. Using an extra pillow at night to lift up your head can also improve your breathing. If your condition does not improve, you should talk to your doctor. The doctor may be able to prescribe you certain over-the-counter medicines that can help improve your condition.
  • Coping with Infection
    If you have a low level of white blood cells, you are more likely to get infections. There are several ways to reduce your chances of catching or spreading an infection. Avoid unnecessary exposure to germs when you can. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap or use a sanitiser. Avoid crowds and avoid contact with people who are ill or have infections. Use disposable tissues for coughs and sneezes. Consider using an appropriate face mask. Do not share personal items like cutlery, glasses, towels or toothbrushes with others. Get enough rest and eat a well balanced healthy diet.

How to use Lamitor Tablet DT

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Dissolve it in a glass of water before taking it. Lamitor DT 25 Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Lamitor Tablet DT works

Lamitor DT 25 Tablet is an antiepileptic medication. It controls seizures or fits by decreasing the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
Lamitor DT 25 Tablet may cause excessive drowsiness with alcohol.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Lamitor DT 25 Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Lamitor DT 25 Tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Monitor the baby for rash, sleepiness or poor sucking. Also, get the platelet count and liver function test done periodically.
Driving
UNSAFE
Lamitor DT 25 Tablet may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Lamitor DT 25 Tablet can cause dizziness and double vision. This may affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
CAUTION
Lamitor DT 25 Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Lamitor DT 25 Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CAUTION
Lamitor DT 25 Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Lamitor DT 25 Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Lamitor Tablet DT?

If you miss a dose of Lamitor DT 25 Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Quick Tips

  • Take your medication regularly as directed by your doctor as missing doses can trigger seizures.
  • Do not change the brand of your medicine and make sure that you have sufficient amount of medicine present with you.
  • Some healthy tips to prevent seizures:
    • Practice yoga every day.
    • Get enough sleep at nighttime.
    • Limit the use of screen time such as mobile/laptop.
    • Take your medication on time.
  • It may cause dizziness and sleepiness. Do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how it affects you.
  • It may cause headaches. Drink plenty of water and take a suitable pain killer. Inform your doctor if it does not go away.
  • It may cause skin rash. Inform your doctor immediately if you notice a rash, itching and peeling of skin.
  • Talk to your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or develop suicidal thoughts.
  • Do not stop taking the medication suddenly without talking to your doctor as it may increase the frequency of seizure.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Lamitor with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
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Patient Concerns

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My daughter is suffering from epilepsy and has been advise Lamitor 50mg tblets twice a day. She was being given Lamitor DT 50. But by mistake I am giving her Lamitor OD 50 now. Though there is no apparent affect, please advise which Lamitor should be given.
Dr. Vikas Sharma
Neurology
any can be given; but stick to one preparation'
I was a. Patient with depression I was taking Lamitor DT as per Drs Instruction . The Dosage was formally 1-1-1 for about 3 years & has as on date it is 1-0-1 I am suffering from Depression since say 8 years . As in today or since last 3 years I am not into depression at all & am still taking Lamitor I have 2 queries 1) As I can't afford it's cost would be gratefully is a reasonable Substitute is advised 2) As I am completely out of Depression should I reduce the Dose to 1-0-0 My Psychiatrist is excellent and Have not visited him since more the one year . Please advice
Dr. Jyoti Kapoor Madan
Psychiatry
You haven't mentioned the dose of Lamitor dt. Please visit your psychiatrist.Your psychiatrist knows your clinical history and can guide you about stopping medicineor substituting it if necessary.
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FAQs

Q. I started Lamitor and developed a rash. The doctor stopped Lamitor immediately and prescribed another medicine. Why?

There have been reports where patients developed serious rashes within 8 weeks of starting Lamitor and were hospitalized. Sometimes these rashes turn into severe skin infections and may endanger the patient’s life. Therefore, it is advised that if a patient develops rashes after starting Lamitor, it should be stopped and should not be restarted. Use of Lamitor is stopped even if the rashes are mild and non-serious. It is because of this that your doctor changed the medicine.

Q. How long does it take Lamitor to work?

Though it varies from person to person, your symptoms may take about 6-8 weeks to improve.

Q. What can be the consequences of taking a higher than the recommended dose of Lamitor?

You may experience quick and uncontrollable movements of your eye, clumsiness, and lack of coordination. High doses of Lamitor may cause problems with your balance, changes in heartbeat rhythm, loss of consciousness, fits (convulsions) or coma. Even if there are no signs of discomfort, seek immediate medical attention of a doctor or nearby hospital.

Q. Can Lamitor affect pregnancy?

Studies on the human population do not show any effects of Lamitor on pregnant women or her fetus. However, it is advisable that you inform your doctor immediately if you become pregnant or are planning to get pregnant while taking Lamitor. In case therapy with Lamitor is considered during pregnancy, your doctor may prescribe the lowest effective dose.

Q. Can I take Lamitor with other antiepileptic medicines?

It is important that you inform your doctor if you are already on any other antiepileptic medicines. The reason being, taking Lamitor with some antiepileptics (like valproate and carbamazepine) may increase the chances of developing side effects. Also, the dose of Lamitor may need adjustment if taken with antiepileptic medicines such as oxcarbazepine, felbamate, gabapentin, levetiracetam, pregabalin, topiramate or zonisamide.

Q. Can Lamitor be taken with food?

Lamitor can be taken with or without food.

Q. I have symptoms of depression. Can I take Lamitor?

Yes, you can take lamotrigine if you have depression symptoms. In fact, Lamitor is used in preventing depression.

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