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FDA Approves Lamictal(R) ODT(TM) Orally Disintegrating Tablets
Date:5/11/2009

ors of concern should be reported immediately to healthcare providers.

Medication errors involving Lamictal have occurred. In particular, the name Lamictal or lamotrigine can be confused with the names of other commonly used medications. Medication errors may also occur between the different formulations of Lamictal. To reduce the potential of medication errors, healthcare professionals should write and say Lamictal clearly. Depictions of the Lamictal Tablets, Chewable Dispersible Tablets, and Orally Disintegrating Tablets can be found in the Medication Guide that accompanies the product to highlight the distinctive markings, colors, and shapes that serve to identify the different presentations of the drug and thus may help reduce the risk of medication errors. To avoid the medication error of using the wrong drug or formulation, patients should be strongly advised to visually inspect their tablets to verify that they are Lamictal, as well as the correct formulation of Lamictal, each time they fill their prescription.

Patients should not take Lamictal or Lamictal ODT if they have had an allergic reaction to lamotrigine or to any of the inactive ingredients.

Common side effects include dizziness, headache, blurred or double vision, lack of coordination, sleepiness, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, tremor, rash, fever, abdominal pain, back pain, tiredness, and dry mouth. Patients should tell their healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers them or does not go away; patients should tell their healthcare provider if they have any changes in their menstrual pattern, such as breakthrough bleeding, while taking Lamictal and birth control pills. These are not all the possible side effects of Lamictal.

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