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Lamictal vs. Depakote

Medical and Pharmacy Editor:

Are Lamictal and Depakote the Same Thing?

Lamictal (lamotrigine) and Depakote (divalproex sodium) are antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), also called anticonvulsants, used alone or in combination with other antiseizure medications for treating certain types of seizures.

Depakote (divalproex sodium) is also used to treat manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder, and migraine headaches.

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 Depakote?

Common side effects of Depakote include:

  • drowsiness,
  • weakness,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • stomach upset,
  • diarrhea,
  • constipation,
  • mood swings,
  • changes in menstrual periods,
  • enlarged breasts,
  • weight changes,
  • agitation,
  • tremor (shaking),
  • vision changes,
  • unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth, and
  • hair loss.

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 Depakote?

Depakote (divalproex sodium) is a stable coordination compound comprised of sodium valproate and valproic acid used to treat manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder, epilepsy, and migraine headaches. Generic Depakote (termed divalproex sodium) is available under several other names.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/3/2018



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