Treatment: Lamotrigine (Lamictal)

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Lamotrigine (Lamictal)

Lamotrigine is an anticonvulsant drug used to manage seizures. Lamotrigine, also known by the brand name Lamictal, may be prescribed to manage epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (which also causes seizures), depression and bipolar disorder. Lamotrigine helps to reduce abnormal levels of excitement in the brain, but its exact effect on the brain is not understood. Lamotrigine is chemically different from other drugs used to treat epilepsy and seizures. Lamotrigine is available in an extended-release form, which works slowly over a long period of time. Typically, lamotrigine is used in combination with other anti-seizure medications for better seizure management. Lamotrigine and other antiepileptic drugs may increase thoughts of suicide in some people, so behaviors are usually closely monitored while taking the drug.

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Initially it worked wonderful. It still controls my seizures however I am beginning to have increasing auras. It initially caused insomnia however once my body acclimated it went away. One major drawback is decreased short term memory which has not gotten better. This can be very frustrating. 1/16/2012 at 04:06 AM
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Experienced a rash so I couldn't stay on the medication.6/7/2010 at 12:37 AM
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Last updated on Jan 24 2019 at 01:24
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