Lamictal XR is an anti-epileptic medication, also called an anticonvulsant. Lamictal XR is used alone or with other medications to treat epileptic seizures in adults and children. This medicine is also used to delay mood episodes in adults with bipolar disorder (manic depression). Immediate-release Lamictal XR can be used in children as young as 2 years old when it is given as part of a combination of seizure medications. However, this form should not be used as a single medication in a child or teenager who is younger than 16 years old. Extended-release Lamictal XR is for use only in adults and children who are at least 13 years old. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed. Taking too much Lamictal XR at the start of treatment may increase your risk of a severe life-threatening skin rash. If you switch to Lamictal XR from another seizure medicine, carefully follow your doctor's instructions about the timing and dosage of your medicine. Swallow the tablet whole and do not crush, chew, or break it. Do not stop using Lamictal XR suddenly, even if you feel fine. Stopping suddenly may cause increased seizures. Follow your doctor's instructions about tapering your dose. In case of emergency, wear or carry medical identification to let others know you use seizure medication.
Canadian Pharmacy King currently offers the brand Lamictal XR from United States manufactured by GSK. Lamictal XR is available in the strength of 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg and 200 mg extended release tablets.
The common side effects of Lamictal XR may include headache, dizziness; blurred vision, double vision; tremor, loss of coordination; dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea; fever, sore throat, runny nose; drowsiness, tired feeling; back pain; or sleep problems (insomnia). Call your doctor at once if you have:
• any skin rash, especially with blistering or peeling;
• fever, swollen glands, weakness, severe muscle pain;
• headache, neck stiffness, increased sensitivity to light, nausea, vomiting, confusion, drowsiness;
• jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
• painful sores in your mouth or around your eyes;
• pale skin, cold hands and feet, easy bruising, unusual bleeding
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
You should not take Lamictal XR if you are allergic to it. Lamictal XR may cause a severe or life-threatening skin rash, especially in children and in people who take a very high starting dose, or those who also take valproic acid (Depakene) or divalproex (Depakote). Tell your doctor if you start or stop taking birth control pills or if you have ever had: a rash or allergic reaction after taking another seizure medication; kidney or liver disease; depression, suicidal thoughts or actions; or meningitis (inflammation of the tissue that covers the brain and spinal cord) after taking Lamictal XR. Some people have thoughts about suicide while taking Lamictal XR. Your family or other caregivers should also be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Do not start or stop taking seizure medication during pregnancy without your doctor's advice. Having a seizure during pregnancy could harm both mother and baby. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how Lamictal XR will affect you. Your reactions could be impaired. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
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