Lamictal is a medicine used alone or with other medicines to treat certain types of seizures. It is also used for long-term treatment of bipolar disorder. Lamictal is available as chewable dispersible tablets, orally disintegrating tablets, and tablets.
Lamictal can cause a serious skin rash that can be life-threatening. Your risk of getting this rash is higher if you take Lamictal with another medicine called valproate or if you take more Lamictal than your doctor prescribed. Tell your doctor right away if you experience blistering or peeling of your skin, hives, or painful sores in your mouth or around your eyes.
Lamictal can cause serious blood or liver problems. Call your doctor right away if you experience a fever, frequent infections, severe muscle pain, unusual bruising or bleeding, weakness, fatigue, yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes, or swelling of your face, eyes, lips, or tongue.
Lamictal can cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a small number of people. Tell your doctor right away if you have thoughts about suicide or dying; attempt to commit suicide; have new or worse depression, anxiety, or irritability; have panic attacks, trouble sleeping, an extreme increase in activity and talking; are feeling agitated or restless or acting aggressive; being angry or violent; acting on dangerous impulses; or have other unusual changes in your behavior or mood.
Lamictal can rarely cause meningitis (brain or spinal cord inflammation). Tell your doctor right away if you develop a headache, fever, nausea, vomiting, stiff neck, rash, unusual sensitivity to light, muscle pain, chills, confusion, or drowsiness.
Tell your doctor if you plan to start or stop taking birth control pills as this can affect the amount of Lamictal in your body and may require dose adjustments.
Do not stop taking Lamictal without first talking to your doctor. Stopping Lamictal suddenly can cause withdrawal symptoms, including seizures.