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Lamictal - Safety Measures

by: Jatin

Lamictal is an anti-seizure medication available at your local pharmacist. Lamictal medication cannot completely stop the occurrence of seizures but helps to control some types of seizures. Epilepsy is a neurological condition, which affects your nervous system. Epilepsy is also known as seizure disorder.

Lamotrigine also known as Lamictal is a drug of the class phenyltriazine which is chemically unrelated to existing antiepileptic drug. It has been clinically proved that Lamictal when used with existing antiepileptic drug is very effective in reducing seizure and also frequency of seizures. As earlier mentioned, Lamictal alone cannot cure epilepsy completely, but it helps by controlling seizures as long as you continue to take it.

A person suffering from epilepsy can only be treated if he has had two seizures which were formed by any of the known medical conditions. Some of the known medical conditions which can cause seizures are alcohol withdrawal and low blood sugar level. It is not possible to catch the actual cause of seizures. It can also be a heredity problem or can be caused by any brain injury.

Important Lamictal Information:-

It is advisable that you visit your doctor regularly during the initial few months of your treatment with Lamictal. Regular visits will keep your doctor updated about your condition. It will enable him to make decisions regarding your dosage, if you experience in any kind side effects. He might ask you to reduce your dosage or check for other related causes of side effects.

It has been observed that Lamictal can increase the effects of alcohol and other central nervous system (CNS) depressants. Therefore, if you consume the same amount of alcohol as you usually do, don’t be surprised if you feel drowsier this time. If you consume alcohol or CNS depressants, consult your doctor before taking lamictal. Some people have also complained of experiencing blurred or double vision, clumsiness, unsteadiness, dizziness while they are taking Lamictal.

Hence, it becomes very important to understand the effect this medicine can have on you. until you are aware of the possible effects of this medicine, it is recommended that you should not drive or use any machinery that can cause accident. If the above mentioned reactions persist for long, check with your doctor as soon as possible.

Are you planning to quit lamictal? If yes, check with your doctor and follow his instructions. Sudden withdrawal of lamictal can have some serious side effects. You doctor might advice you to reduce your dosage and gradually quit the medication than stopping it suddenly. If you do stop this medication suddenly, your seizures might return or occur more often.

Jatin Chawla is a freelance journalist. Jatin writes for www.tristatemeds.com offering valuable information on Lamictal Medication.

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