Lamotrigine – Oral

Why do I need this medicine?

Lamotrigine is used on its own or together with other medicines to treat epilepsy (also known as fits or seizures).

It is also used to treat a mood disturbance called bipolar disorder.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Lamotrigine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take Lamotrigine with or without food.

Lamotrigine is available as a normal tablet, chewable/dispersable tablet or an extended-release tablet. Ask your doctor or pharmacist on how to take this medicine as certain preparations and brands may be taken differently.

If you are taking the normal tablet, swallow it whole with water.

If you are taking the chewable/dispersible tablet, you may swallow it whole, chew, or disperse it in water. After dispersing in water, make sure that you drink the entire glass of water dose immediately.

If you are taking the extended-release tablet (may be labelled “XR”), swallow it whole. Do not chew, crush or divide the tablet.

Lamotrigine must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking Lamotrigine even when you feel better. Lamotrigine is not a cure and you may need to take it long-term to keep the seizures under control. Do not stop taking Lamotrigine unless instructed by your doctor.

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