Lamictal DC is an anticonvulsant medication used to treat epilepsy. It contains the active ingredient lamotrigine. The medication works by decreasing abnormal electrical activity in the brain and is sometimes also used to help prevent extreme mood swings in patients with bipolar disorder.
Lamictal can be used alone or with other medications to treat epileptic seizures in adults and children. It is also used to delay mood episodes in adults with bipolar disorder (manic depression).
Use and Dosage
Lamictal DC is available in the form of orally disintegrating tablets (ODT) to be taken by mouth. The tablets should be placed on the tongue and allowed to disintegrate before swallowing and can be taken with or without food. The tablet will disintegrate rapidly, can be swallowed with or without water, and can be taken with or without food.
The recommended dose and dosage adjustment for Lamictal may vary depending on the patient’s current antiepileptic therapy and increase the dose gradually over several weeks. Based on the search results, the recommended starting dose for Lamictal is 25mg given daily, which is increased to 50mg daily at week three and then by an additional 50mg at week five. However, the exact recommended dose for Lamictal DC may vary depending on the patient’s individual needs and medical history. To get accurate dosage information for Lamictal DC, consult with a healthcare professional.
Common Side Effects of Lamictal DC (Lamotrigine):
- Blurred or double vision
- Loss of coordination
- Upset stomach
Serious Side Effects of Lamictal DC (Lamotrigine):
- Chest pain
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Mental or mood problems
- More severe seizures than before
- Muscle pain
- Stiff neck
- Suicidal thoughts
Forms and Strength
Lamictal DC (Lamotrigine) is available in the following forms and strength:
Lamictal DC: Dispersible-Chewable Tablet
- 2 mg
- 5 mg
- 25 mg
- 50 mg
- 100 mg
- 200 mg
Lamotrigine: Dispersible Tablet
- 25 mg
- 50 mg
- 100 mg
- Serious skin reactions: Lamictal DC can cause life-threatening skin reactions, such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN). Patients should be instructed to seek immediate medical attention if they develop rash or skin reactions.
- Increased risk of seizures: Rapid withdrawal of Lamictal DC can increase the risk of seizures. Patients should not stop taking Lamictal DC without consulting their physician.
- Risk of suicidal thoughts: Lamictal DC can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior, especially in patients with a history of depression or bipolar disorder. Patients should be monitored for signs of depression or suicidal ideation.
- Risk of Aseptic meningitis: Lamictal DC has been associated with reports of aseptic meningitis. Symptoms include headache, fever, stiff neck, vomiting, and sensitivity to light. Patients should be instructed to seek immediate medical attention if they develop these symptoms.
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Lamictal DC may not be safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Patients should discuss the risks and benefits of taking Lamictal DC with their physician if they are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
- Liver and kidney function: Lamictal DC is metabolized by the liver and eliminated by the kidneys. Patients with impaired liver or kidney function may require dosage adjustments.
- Blood disorders: Lamictal DC has been associated with blood disorders, such as anemia, leukopenia, and thrombocytopenia. Patients should be monitored for signs of these disorders.
- Drug interactions: Lamictal DC may interact with other medications, such as valproic acid, which can increase lamotrigine concentrations more than 2-fold. Patients should inform their physician of all medications they are taking.
- Dizziness and drowsiness: Lamictal DC can cause dizziness and drowsiness, which can affect the ability to operate machinery or drive. Patients should exercise caution when engaging in activities that require mental alertness.
- Allergic reactions: Lamictal DC can cause allergic reactions in some patients, including rash, hives, and swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat. Patients should seek immediate medical attention if they develop these symptoms.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long does it take for Lamictal DC to work?
It may take several weeks for Lamictal DC to start working. Patients should continue taking Lamictal DC as prescribed by their physician, even if they do not notice immediate improvements.
Can Lamictal DC be crushed or split?
Lamictal DC tablets should not be crushed or split. They should be swallowed whole with water.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Lamictal DC?
If you miss a dose of Lamictal DC, take it as soon as you remember. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose as scheduled. Do not take additional tablets to make up for the missed dose.
Can Lamictal DC be taken with other medications?
Lamictal DC may interact with other medications, including prescription and over the counter (OTC) medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Patients should inform their physician of all medications they are taking before starting treatment with Lamictal DC.