Lamictal vs. Ritalin la


We compare the side effects and drug effectiveness of Lamictal and Ritalin la. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 151,666 people who take Lamictal and Ritalin la, 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 methylphenidate hydrochloride (the active ingredients of Lamictal and Ritalin la, 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 Ritalin la?

Ritalin la has active ingredients of methylphenidate hydrochloride. It is often used in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. (latest outcomes from Ritalin la 1,944 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, 08, 2019

151,666 people who take Lamictal and Ritalin la are studied.

Number of reports submitted per year:

Lamictal vs Ritalin la drug comparison reports.

Drugs in this study:

  • Lamictal (lamotrigine)
  • Ritalin La (methylphenidate hydrochloride)

Most common side effects:

  1. Drug Ineffective
  2. Headache (pain in head)
  3. Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  4. Depression
  5. Anxiety
  6. Insomnia (sleeplessness)
  7. Vomiting
  8. Dizziness
  9. Weight Decreased
  10. Aggression
Ritalin La:
  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. Headache (pain in head)
  7. Dizziness
  8. Depression
  9. Vomiting
  10. Anxiety

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

  1. Depression
  2. Drug Ineffective
  3. Anxiety
  4. Headache (pain in head)
  5. Aggression
  6. Insomnia (sleeplessness)
  7. Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  8. Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  9. Suicidal Ideation
  10. Weight Decreased
Ritalin La:
  1. Rash
  2. Depression
  3. Drug Ineffective
  4. Anxiety
  5. Dizziness
  6. Convulsion (muscles contract and relax rapidly and repeatedly, resulting in an uncontrolled shaking of the body)
  7. Headache (pain in head)
  8. Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  9. Insomnia (sleeplessness)
  10. Tremor (trembling or shaking movements in one or more parts of your body)

Drug effectiveness:

  • not at all: 1.94 %
  • somewhat: 15.73 %
  • moderate: 36.7 %
  • high: 34.31 %
  • very high: 11.32 %
Ritalin La:
  • not at all: 3.44 %
  • somewhat: 18.19 %
  • moderate: 30.76 %
  • high: 31.22 %
  • very high: 16.39 %

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