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What is this medicine?

LAMOTRIGINE (la MOE tri jeen) is used to control seizures in adults and children with epilepsy.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • a history of depression or bipolar disorder
  • aseptic meningitis during prior use of lamotrigine
  • folate deficiency
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • suicidal thoughts, plans, or attempt; a previous suicide attempt by you or a family member
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to lamotrigine or other seizure medicines, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow these tablets whole. Do not chew, crush, or divide them. If this medicine upsets your stomach, take it with food or milk. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each new prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 13 years of age, precautions do apply.

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • carbamazepine
  • female hormones, including contraceptive or birth control pills
  • methotrexate
  • phenobarbital
  • phenytoin
  • primidone
  • pyrimethamine
  • rifampin
  • trimethoprim
  • valproic acid

               
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