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Changing Medication From Immediate Release To Extended Release

Changing Medication From Immediate Release To Extended Release

I have been on Lamictal since July of last year. After we got to the dosage my doctor wanted, we found that my level runs on the low side. It still is in the therapeutic range but some days it dips low from being off by an hour when I take it and I start getting auras and absence seizures. The doctor gave me two options: take lamictal three times a day or switch to Lamictal XR. I thought there was only brand name lamictal XR so I opted for 3 times a… read more

A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Unfortunately, My body has to take Meds 3x's a day. I tried it but taking meds for 41 years, the body gets to handle it over time and builds up a resistance, thus more MEDS are taken.

posted over 4 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I don't know if 'immediate release' vs. 'extended release' will affect your body or not. It's a matter of convenience and how many times per day you want to be taking pills. You might find the following article of interest:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_release_tech...
I take Levetiracetim XR and am happy that I don't have to take it multiple times per day. I also don't have to worry about blood levels being too high or low. The XR keeps them at an even keel.
Your milage may vary. :-)

posted over 4 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I've been on the XR now for about 6 months if not longer. I was in a similar situation as yourself. I am thankful I am on it. All you can do, is try it. It's not going to hurt you. It did seem to help reduce the effects. I don't recall how long it took though. I take 300mg am and 250mg pm. I take it exactly at the same time. 7 & 7. This seems to help when I keep it like this to prevent any differences/ feeling/ symptoms.
I wish I knew about XR earlier. It might of helped me earlier and kept me from changing my dosage.
Best of luck to you.

edited, originally posted over 4 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I am also on lamictal and I had somewhat of the same issue. My doctor increased my meds a couple times and now I'm doing well. My doctor said I still have plenty of room to increase my meds if needed

posted over 4 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I went from reg generic lamictol to er aka xr, but i noticed no difference. But when i was on Tegretol and went some single to XR i did notice a difference. Less peaks and valleys to keep u at more of an even range. Interesting factoid, my new DR had me take lanictol time release one in the morning and one at night insted of just both in morning i guess she felt even time release works better this way. Better coverage through the night Thats why women make better doctors

posted over 3 years ago
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