March 2, 2021

FDA Safety Warning on the Cardiac Effects of Lamotrigine: An Advisory From the Ad Hoc ILAE/AES Task Force

Summary, originally published in Epilepsia Open

The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) / American Epilepsy Society (AES) Task Force on the cardiac effects of lamotrigine was convened in response to a recent addition to the lamotrigine label by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Lamotrigine is the nonproprietary name for a medicine that is sold under its generic name and several brand names including Lamictal™. The present advisory is based on an assessment of currently available evidence. It is not intended to replace regulatory requirements, nor is it intended to be an exhaustive review. The purpose of this advisory is to advise healthcare professionals worldwide on how to minimize cardiac safety risks associated with lamotrigine use.

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