Lamotrigine for Epilepsy
Most people tolerate lamotrigine very well. Common side effects include:
- Rash. Rash tends to occur more often in children than in adults and in people who are also taking valproate. In rare cases, the rash may be severe and potentially life-threatening.
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep (insomnia).
- Blurred or double vision.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning on antiepileptic medicines and the risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts. The FDA does not recommend that people stop using these medicines. Instead, people who take antiepileptic medicine should be watched closely for Reference warning signs of suicide. People who take antiepileptic medicine and who are worried about this side effect should talk to a doctor.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: August 26, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Steven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology