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What are the side effects of lamotrigine (Lamictal), used to treat bipolar disorder?

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Lamictal comes in several types of tablets, such as chewable or orally disintegrating. It adds to the effects of other central nervous system suppressants such as alcohol -- and to those found in many antihistamines, cold medications, pain medications, and muscle relaxants. Check with your doctor before taking any of these.

Three out of every 1,000 people taking Lamictal will develop a rash. Sometimes the rash can be serious or even fatal. If you get a rash, you should call your doctor right away. You may need to stop taking the drug.

Common side effects of Lamictal include:

Medication errors have occurred in filling Lamictal prescriptions because other drugs have similar names, like labetalol, Lamisil, lamivudine, Lomotil, and Ludiomil. To avoid confusion, make sure the drug name is clearly written on your prescription.

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea
  • Dream abnormalities
  • Itching
  • Vision difficulties

SOURCES: WebMD Medical Reference: "Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depressive Disorder)." WebMD Assess Plus: Bipolar Disorder Assessment.  National Institute for Mental Health: "Step-BD Womens Studies."   Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic & Research Program.  MedicineNet: "Bipolar Disorder (Mania)."  WebMD Medical Reference: "Effects of Untreated Depression." American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder."






Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on November 7, 2017

SOURCES: WebMD Medical Reference: "Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depressive Disorder)." WebMD Assess Plus: Bipolar Disorder Assessment.  National Institute for Mental Health: "Step-BD Womens Studies."   Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic & Research Program.  MedicineNet: "Bipolar Disorder (Mania)."  WebMD Medical Reference: "Effects of Untreated Depression." American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder."






Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on November 7, 2017

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