Lamictal is a drug used to treat certain types of seizures. It is also used to increase the time between mania, depression, and other abnormal moods in patients in with bipolar I disorder. Bipolar I is a severe form of bipolar characterized by severe mood swings, from mania to depression.
Despite its positive effects, lamictal has associated risks. These risks include serious rashes that may need to be treated in the hospital and some deaths have been reported. This list is not complete. Side effects include seizures that last longer and occur more often than without Lamictal, rash, hives, fever, painful sores in the mouth or irritation around the eyes, or swelling of lips or tongue, and depression. Other, more common side effects include dizzyness, headache, blurred or double vision, loss of balance of coordination, sleepiness, nausea, vomiting, difficulty falling or staying asleep, and rash.
Before you start taking Lamictal, you should tell your doctor if you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding; have or had heart, liver, or kidney disease; and if you have a blood disorder. Other medications, both prescriptions and non-prescription, can interact with Lamictal and so you should tell your doctor about any and all medication you are taking when your doctor prescribes Lamictal to treat seizures and mood swings associated with bipolar I disorder.