Lamictal vs. Pamelor


We compare the side effects and drug effectiveness of Lamictal and Pamelor. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 119,655 people who take Lamictal and Pamelor, and is updated regularly.

What's eHealthMe?

eHealthMe is a health data analysis company based in Mountain View, California. eHealthMe monitors and analyzes the outcomes of drugs and supplements that are currently on the market. The results are readily available to health care professionals and consumers.

eHealthMe has released original studies on market drugs and worked with leading universities and institutions such as IBM, London Health Science Centre, Mayo Clinic, Northwestern University and VA. eHealthMe studies have now been referenced in over 500 peer-reviewed medical publications.

How we gather our data?

Healthcare data is obtained from a number of sources including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This information is aggregated and used to produce personalized reports that patients can reference.

The information that eHealthMe collects includes:

  • Side effects (including severity and how people recover from them)
  • Associated conditions or symptoms
  • Drug effectiveness
  • Demographic data regarding drug use

How the study uses the data?

The study is based on lamotrigine and nortriptyline hydrochloride (the active ingredients of Lamictal and Pamelor, respectively). Other drugs that have the same active ingredients (e.g. generic drugs or brand names) are also considered.

What is Lamictal?

Lamictal has active ingredients of lamotrigine. It is often used in bipolar disorder. (latest outcomes from Lamictal 64,115 users)

What is Pamelor?

Pamelor has active ingredients of nortriptyline hydrochloride. It is often used in migraine. (latest outcomes from Pamelor 3,188 users)

How to use the study?

Patients can bring a copy of the report to their healthcare provider to ensure that all drug risks and benefits are fully discussed and understood. It is recommended that patients use the information presented as a part of a broader decision-making process.

On Mar, 23, 2019

119,655 people who take Lamictal and Pamelor are studied.

Number of reports submitted per year:

Lamictal vs Pamelor drug comparison reports.

Drugs in this study:

  • Pamelor (nortriptyline hydrochloride)
  • Lamictal (lamotrigine)

Most common side effects:

  1. Pain
  2. Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  3. Drug Ineffective
  4. Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
  5. Anxiety
  6. Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
  7. Diarrhoea
  8. Fall
  9. Dizziness
  10. Vomiting
  1. Rash
  2. Drug Ineffective
  3. Convulsion (muscles contract and relax rapidly and repeatedly, resulting in an uncontrolled shaking of the body)
  4. Pyrexia (fever)
  5. Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  6. Dizziness
  7. Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
  8. Vomiting
  9. Anxiety
  10. Insomnia (sleeplessness)

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Constipation
  3. Suicidal Ideation
  4. Pain
  5. Gastrooesophageal Reflux Disease (stomach contents (food or liquid) leak backwards from the stomach into the oesophagus)
  6. Oedema (fluid collection in tissue)
  7. Dyspepsia (indigestion)
  8. Abdominal Distension
  9. Faeces Hard
  10. Pneumonia
  1. Rash
  2. Drug Ineffective
  3. Anxiety
  4. Dizziness
  5. Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
  6. Convulsion (muscles contract and relax rapidly and repeatedly, resulting in an uncontrolled shaking of the body)
  7. Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  8. Insomnia (sleeplessness)
  9. Tremor (trembling or shaking movements in one or more parts of your body)
  10. Pain

Drug effectiveness:

  • not at all: 8.78 %
  • somewhat: 27.61 %
  • moderate: 34.22 %
  • high: 22.26 %
  • very high: 7.12 %
  • not at all: 3.47 %
  • somewhat: 18.19 %
  • moderate: 30.76 %
  • high: 31.12 %
  • very high: 16.45 %

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