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FDA Approves Once-A-Day Lamictal(R)XR(TM) as Add-On Epilepsy Therapy for Primary Generalized Tonic-Clonic Seizures
Date:1/29/2010

e pain, or frequent infections. These symptoms may be the first signs of a serious reaction. A healthcare provider should examine the patient to decide if they should continue taking Lamictal XR.

Like other antiepileptic drugs, Lamictal XR may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people, about 1 in 500. Patients should call a healthcare provider right away if they have worsening depression, any unusual changes in mood or behavior, or thoughts or actions about suicide or self-harm, especially if they are new, worse, or worrisome.

Patients prescribed Lamictal have sometimes been given the wrong medicine because many medicines have names similar to Lamictal, so patients should always check that they receive Lamictal XR.

Taking the wrong medication can cause serious health problems. When a healthcare provider prescribes Lamictal XR, patients should:

  • Make sure they can read it clearly.
  • Talk to their pharmacist to check that they are being given the correct medicine.
  • Each time they fill their prescription, check the tablets against the pictures of the tablets in the Medication Guide that comes with their prescription.

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

Common side effects include dizziness, tremor, double vision, nausea, vomiting, trouble with balance and coordination and anxiety. Other common side effects that have been reported with another form of Lamictal include headache, sleepiness, blurred vision, runny nose, and rash.  Patients should tell their healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers them or does not go away. Also, they should tell their healthcare provider if they have any changes in menstrual pattern, such as
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