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JAM asked in HealthMental Health · 1 decade ago

How long does it take for Lamictal to work?

I have been taking it for 22 days now and I still don't see any effects.

4 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    That depends what you are taking it for.

    Initially Lamictal (lamotrigine) was approved for anticonvulsant uses (prevent certain types of seizures). Sometimes in people with constant or readily recurring seizures it works right away or pretty soon, as they are not having them anymore. Somehow I don't think this is the reason you ask, because I think this you would understand (that you're not having seizures, therefore it must be working). If I am wrong, then sorry.

    If you are referring to the drug as used for neuropathic type pain (trigeminal neuralgia, etc.) or migraine pain, then that may be hard to say. Evidence of its effectiveness in these conditions is rather scant. There are anecdotes that it works, and it may be worthy to try in these cases, but I'd say don't try it too long if it doesn't show any benefit within say, a few days to a week.

    If you are referring to the drug as used for depression, bipolar disorder or other psychiatric disorders, then you usually should give it up to a month (as with most anti-depressants) before you (along with your doctor or psychiatrist, of course) can say whether or not it worked or not. See link below.

    Good luck.

    Source(s): I am a hospital clinical pharmacist.
  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    How should I take Lamictal?

    Take Lamictal exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

    Taking too much Lamictal at the start of treatment may increase your risk of a severe life-threatening skin rash.

    You may need frequent blood tests to help your doctor make sure you are taking the right dose.

    Extended-release Lamictal XR may be used for different conditions than immediate-release Lamictal is used for. Always check your refills to make sure you have received the correct size, color, and shape of tablet. Ask the pharmacist if you have any questions about the medicine you receive at the pharmacy.

    If you switch to Lamictal from another seizure medicine, carefully follow your doctor's instructions about the timing and dosage of your medications. Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided to you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

    Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release Lamictal XR tablet. Swallow the tablet whole.

    Do not swallow the orally disintegrating tablet (ODT) whole. Place it on your tongue and move it around in your mouth. Allow the tablet to dissolve in your mouth without chewing. Swallow several times as the tablet dissolves. If desired, you may drink liquid to help swallow the dissolved tablet.

    To take the chewable dispersible tablet, you may either swallow it whole with a glass of water, or chew it first and then swallow it. You may also place the tablet into 1 teaspoon of water or diluted fruit juice and allow it to disperse in the liquid for about 1 minute. Gently swirl the liquid and then swallow all of the mixture right away. Do not save it for later use.

    Do not stop using Lamictal suddenly, even if you feel fine. Stopping suddenly may cause increased seizures. Follow your doctor's instructions about tapering your dose.

    Wear a medical alert tag or carry an ID card stating that you take Lamictal. Any medical care provider who treats you should know that you take seizure medication.

    Lamictal can cause you to have a false positive drug screening test. If you provide a urine sample for drug screening, tell the laboratory staff that you are taking lamotrigine.

    Use this medicine regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.

    Store at room temperature away from light and moisture.

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  • b
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    I just started taking it and they are uping the dosage slowly because that is recommended but i think it has to be at 150mg before it starts working.

  • 1 decade ago

    Is that all that you're on? Talk to your doc, your dosage may need to be upped -

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