Lamotrigine (Lamictal) Blood Test

Lamictal


Test Code: 716944
Specimen Type: Blood

Description:

Lamotrigine (Lamictal) Blood Test

This test measures blood levels of Lamotrigine.  Lamotrigine is a medication that is typically prescribed to prevent and control seizures.  It is also sometimes used to treat bipolar disorder.  It is common for Lamotrigine to be taken with other medications.  Determining the appropriate dosage is important as taking too much or too little of the drug can worsen the symptoms it is meant to treat or cause other health complications.  Overdosing can result in side effects which include dizziness, difficulty sleeping, headache, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, and skin rash.  Severe toxicity can cause loss of coordination, slurred speech, loss of balance, drowsiness, and coma.

Blood testing for Lamotrigine may be ordered when a person starts taking it or if they change the dosage of any of their medications.  People taking Lamotrigine who begin to experience any side effects of toxicity should consult their doctor immediately. 

Other medications that are commonly prescribed with Lamotrigine include Valproic Acid (Depakote), Phenytoin (Dilantin), Carbamazepine.  Blood tests for these medications are also available.        

Turnaround for this test is typically 3-6 business days.

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

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Lamotrigine (Lamictal) Blood Test

Lamictal


Test Code: 22060
Specimen Type: Blood

Description:

Lamotrigine (Lamictal) Blood Test

This test measures blood levels of Lamotrigine.  Lamotrigine is a medication that is typically prescribed to prevent and control seizures.  It is also sometimes used to treat bipolar disorder.  It is common for Lamotrigine to be taken with other medications.  Determining the appropriate dosage is important as taking too much or too little of the drug can worsen the symptoms it is meant to treat or cause other health complications.  Overdosing can result in side effects which include dizziness, difficulty sleeping, headache, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, and skin rash.  Severe toxicity can cause loss of coordination, slurred speech, loss of balance, drowsiness, and coma.

Blood testing for Lamotrigine may be ordered when a person starts taking it or if they change the dosage of any of their medications.  People taking Lamotrigine who begin to experience any side effects of toxicity should consult their doctor immediately. 

Other medications that are commonly prescribed with Lamotrigine include Valproic Acid (Depakote)Phenytoin (Dilantin)Carbamazepine.  Blood tests for these medications are also available.        

Turnaround for this test is typically 3-6 business days.

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

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