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Lamotrigine

Uses

This medication is used to treat some types of seizures, as well as to extend the duration between bouts of depression or mania in people with bipolar disorder.

IUPAC name: 6-(2,3-dichlorophenyl)-1,2,4-triazine-3,5-diamine

Drug class: Anticonvulsant/ Antiepileptic drug

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Route of administration: Oral

Is it a drug that needs a prescription? YES

Is it an OTC drug? NO

Mechanism of action

This anti-epileptic medicine works by decreasing the abnormal activity of nerve impulses in the brain that produce seizures thus helps in stabilizing the electrical activity of your brain.

 Side effects

It may cause dizziness, fatigue, lack of coordination, weakness, diarrhea, headache, tiredness, vision problems, disorientation, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, problems with speech, lack of concentration, weight loss, tremors, loss of appetite, unusual negative thoughts, muscle pain, irregular heart rate.

Precautions

Before using this medication, take the following precautions and notify your doctor:

If you are allergic to it, or if you have other allergies,

If you are taking any other medication (prescribed, non-prescribed, or herbal products),

When you have a history of liver disease, kidney disease, and cardiac disease (abnormal heart rate, heart attack, heart failure, cardiac arrest), blood disorders, depression, autoimmune disease,

If you have undergone any type of surgery,

Limit your alcohol usage since it increases your chances of developing blurred vision, dizziness, or drowsiness. It may also cause a loss of alertness.

This drug’s adverse effects are more severe in older adults and children.

This medication may affect your mental health.

Consult your doctor, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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