A patient has been taking lamotrigine for 2 years. The nurse determines that the patient is having the intended effects if the nurse notes which of the following?


• Lamotrigine is an anticonvulsant used to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder. A patient experiencing this medication's intended effects should be seizure free

• Tremors can be a side effect of lamotrigine, but is not an intended effect. Reduced hemoglobin A1C and blood pressures are not side effects or therapeutic goals for lamotrigine use

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