Lamictal is an anticonvulsant and mood stabilizer that is used to treat several serious conditions, including epilepsy and seizures. The brand name for lamotrigine – or LTG – Lamictal is manufactured by global pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline. One of the main roles of the drug is to block specific sodium channels, which in turn inhibits the release of glutamate and aspartate. Unfortunately, Lamictal has been linked to several serious side effects, including suicidal thoughts, birth defects, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, and aseptic meningitis. While first tested and approved by the FDA in 1994 as an anti-seizure medication, the safety of Lamictal has been questioned over the years. Studies conducted in 2008 showed that a handful of patients taking Lamictal developed symptoms of suicidal behavior and other life-threatening conditions. Because of this, the FDA issued a black box warning for Lamictal and continues to raise awareness about the adverse side effects associated with the drug.
What Is Lamictal?
Often used in conjunction with other medications, Lamictal is used to treat epileptic seizures in both adults and children. The immediate-release form of Lamictal can be used in children as young as 2 years of age, but only when given as a part of a combination of seizure medications. It is important to note that this form of Lamictal should never been used as a sole medication for a person who is younger than 16 years old. The extended release form of Lamictal is only used in adults and children who are at least 13 years old.
While not a cure for epilepsy, Lamictal can help control epileptic seizures, especially when used alongside other medications. As a mood stabilizer and maintenance therapy, Lamictal has been effective, especially for individuals suffering from bipolar disorder and depression.
However, the serious side effects that have been linked to Lamictal use over the years are cause for concern and something that should be discussed with your doctor. If you are pregnant and have been prescribed Lamictal or are experiencing any negative side effects, (such as depression, anxiety, dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, back pain, insomnia, runny nose, skin rash, dark urine, or loss of appetite) contact your doctor immediately.
Who Is Prescribed Lamictal?
In addition to treating seizure conditions, Lamictal is oftentimes prescribed in order to delay mood episodes in adults with bipolar disorder. Lamictal is also used to treat the following:
- Lennox-Gastaut syndrome
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Depersonalization disorder
- Schizoaffective disorder
Again, if you have been prescribed Lamictal and notice any sort of imbalance or are experiencing serious side effects, contact your doctor and a Lamictal lawyer from Wormington & Bollinger. Our knowledgeable team of attorneys have represented numerous people throughout Texas on Lamictal cases and we will do our best to help you obtain the compensation and justice you deserve for the emotional and physical trauma caused by Lamictal.