Lamotrigine (the active ingredient in Lamictal tablets) belongs to a group of medicines called "anti-epileptic drugs".
Lamictal tablets are used for the treatment of epilepsy in adults and children.
Lamictal tablets are used in addition to other medicines for the treatment of epilepsy. Lamictal is used in partial or generalised seizures including tonic-clonic seizures and seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome.
An epileptic seizure, fit or turn results when abnormal electrical impulses occur in nerve cells in the brain.
These abnormal electrical impulses are believed to be due to altered levels of some chemicals in the brain.
It is thought that Lamictal tablets work by changing the levels of some of the chemicals associated with seizures.
Your doctor may have prescribed Lamictal tablets for another reason.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Lamictal tablets have been prescribed for you.
There is no evidence that Lamictal tablets are addictive.
Lamictal (lamotrigine) is available in 2mg, 5mg, 25mg, 50mg and 100mg tablets. Lamictal is a funded Prescription Medicine for the treatment of epilepsy with other anti-epilepsy medicines and for the treatment of mood episodes associated with bipolar disorder. Use strictly as directed. Do not take Lamictal if you are allergic to lamotrigine. Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, develop a rash. Do not abruptly stop taking this medicine. Side Effects: rash, blood and immune system disorders, headache, irritability, confusion, drowsiness, insomnia, blurred vision, stomach upset, muscle pain. If symptoms continue or you have side effects, see your doctor, pharmacist or health professional. Additional Consumer Medicine Information for Lamictal is available at www.medsafe.govt.nz. Ask your doctor if Lamictal is right for you.
Lamictal is a trade mark of GlaxoSmithKline group of companies. Marketed by GlaxoSmithKline NZ Ltd, Auckland. TAPS DA89KH/08MY/066