Lamictal vs Lithium for Depression

Lamictal
(Rx)
Lithium
Lamictal is a bipolar medication and an epilepsy medication.
Satisfaction Score
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3.6
Moderately Satisfied
Satisfaction Score
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3.2
Moderately Satisfied
Helpfulness
for Depression
3.4
Concern level
2.0
Helpfulness
for Depression
3.5
Concern level
2.5
Approval Date
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December 27, 1994
Not Available
Number of discussions around the web Number of discussions + -
206,120 Discussions
250,399 Discussions
Taken For
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Condition
Number of posts
#1 for Depression
#3 for Seizures
#4 for Epilepsy
#5 for Headaches
#6 for Migraines
#7 for OCD
Lamictal is prescribed for Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Seizures and Epilepsy and is mostly mentioned together with these indications.
Condition
Number of posts
Lithium is approved for Bipolar Disorder and Depression and is mostly mentioned together with these indications.
Side Effects and Concerns
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Lam
Rash
10
Weight Gain
9
Insomnia
6
Withdrawal Symptoms
4
Irritability
4
Weight Loss
3
Dizziness
2
Nausea
2
Allergy
2
Suicidal behavior
2
Lit
Weight Gain
8
Psychosis
4
Tiredness
4
Shaking
3
Insomnia
3
Mood Swings
2
Withdrawal Symptoms
2
Restlessness
2
Irritability
2
Suicidal behavior
2
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Weight Gain
Lam
Lit
9
8
Insomnia
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Lit
6
3
Withdrawal Symptoms
Lam
Lit
4
2
Irritability
Lam
Lit
4
2
Weight Loss
Lam
Lit
3
0
Dizziness
Lam
Lit
2
0
Nausea
Lam
Lit
2
0
Allergy
Lam
Lit
2
0
Suicidal behavior
Lam
Lit
2
2
Weight Gain
Lit
Lam
8
9
Psychosis
Lit
Lam
4
0
Tiredness
Lit
Lam
4
0
Shaking
Lit
Lam
3
0
Insomnia
Lit
Lam
3
6
Mood Swings
Lit
Lam
2
0
Withdrawal Symptoms
Lit
Lam
2
4
Restlessness
Lit
Lam
2
0
Irritability
Lit
Lam
2
4
Suicidal behavior
Lit
Lam
2
2
Pregnancy Category (FDA) OpenClose all pregnancy categories
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a b c d x n
Category A
Adequate and well-controllted studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
Category B
Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
Category C
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category D
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category X
Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
Category N
FDA has not classified the drug.
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C Category C
Before taking Lamictal during pregnancy, consult your doctor or pharmacists to weigh the risks and benefits.
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Alcohol warning
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There may be a negative interaction between Lamictal and alcohol.
Alcohol may lower concentration of lithium and reduce it's therapeutic effect.
Method of use
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Pill
Dosages
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Tablet: 2 mg, 5 mg, 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg, 150 mg, 200 mg
No methods of use & dosage information found
Food Instructions
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No Food Instructions
No Food Instructions
Ingredients
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Lamotrigine
Lithium Citrate
Drug Interactions
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Interaction between Lamictal and Lithium: Interaction not known, but may still exist. Always consult your doctor before taking these medications together. Do not stop taking the medications without a physician's advice.
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