Lamictal vs. Abilify

Are Lamictal and Abilify the Same Thing?

Lamictal (lamotrigine) and Abilify (aripiprazole) are used to treat bipolar disorders.

Lamictal is also used alone or in combination with other anti-seizure medications for treatin certain types of seizures.

Abilify is also used to treat schizophrenia, mania, depression, bipolar disorders, autistic disorder, and some irritable behavior disorders.

Lamictal and Abilify belong to different drug classes. Lamictal is an anticonvulsant (anti-seizure) and Abilify is an antipsychotic.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Lamictal?

Lamictal may cause serious side effects, including:

Serious side effects of Lamictal you should report to your doctor include:

  • rash,
  • worsening depression or suicidal thoughts, and
  • flu-like symptoms such as body aches or swollen glands.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Abilify?

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Suicidal thoughts are may occur in some patients, especially children, teens, and young adults. Tell your doctor if this occurs. Other serious side effects of Abilify include:

What is Lamictal?

Lamictal (lamotrigine) is an anticonvulsant used alone or in combination with other antiseizure medications for treating certain types of seizures.

What is Abilify?

Abilify Oral Tablets, Orally-Disintegrating Tablets, and Oral Solution are indicated for the treatment of:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Acute Treatment of Manic and Mixed Episodes associated with Bipolar I Disorder
  • Adjunctive Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder ]
  • Irritability Associated with Autistic Disorder ]
  • Treatment of Tourette's Disorder ]

Abilify Injection is indicated for the treatment of:

  • Agitation associated with schizophrenia or bipolar mania


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What Drugs Interact With Lamictal?

Lamictal may interact with carbamazepine, phenytoin, phenobarbital, primidone, or rifampin.

Lamictal may also interact with hormonal forms of birth control (pills, injections, implants, or skin patches), divalproex, oxcarbazepine, or valproic acid.

What Drugs Interact With Abilify?

Abilify may interact with carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, or rifampin.

Abilify may also interact with other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety), medications to treat high blood pressure or a heart condition, rifabutin, ketoconazole, itraconazole, quinidine, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, or paroxetine.

How Should Lamictal Be Taken?

  • Lamictal doses depend on the condition being treated and on whether it is used alone or in combination with other antiseizure medications.

How Should Abilify Be Taken?

Take Abilify exactly as prescribed.

  • Take Abilify exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it. Do not change the dose or stop taking Abilify yourself.
  • Abilify can be taken with or without food.
  • Abilify tablets should be swallowed whole.
  • If you miss a dose of Abilify, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, just skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take two doses of Abilify at the same time.
  • If you have been prescribed Abilify DISCMELT, take it as follows:
    • Do not open the blister until ready to take the DISCMELT tablet.
    • To remove one DISCMELT tablet, open the package and peel back the foil on the blister to expose the tablet.
    • Do not push the tablet through the foil because this could damage the tablet.
    • Immediately upon opening the blister, using dry hands, remove the tablet and place the entire Abilify DISCMELT Orally Disintegrating Tablet on the tongue.
    • Tablet disintegration occurs rapidly in saliva. It is recommended that Abilify DISCMELT be taken without liquid. However, if needed, it can be taken with liquid.
    • Do not attempt to split the DISCMELT tablet.
  • If you take too much Abilify, call your healthcare provider or poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 right away, or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.


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