Lamictal Medicine

The prescription medicine Lamictal® (lamotrigine) is approved for treating various types of seizures in people with epilepsy. It can also be used as a mood stabilizer to treat bipolar disorder.
 
Using Lamictal for Bipolar Disorder
Lamictal is approved for "maintenance" treatment of bipolar disorder. This means that it is approved to help people with the condition keep their moods stable and to prevent episodes of mania and depression. It is not approved to treat these episodes themselves -- other medications may be more appropriate for treating acute episodes of mania or depression.
 
Using Lamictal for Epilepsy
Lamictal is approved for treating epilepsy in the following ways:
 
  • Used alone to treat adults with partial seizures who are switching from a single epilepsy medication.
     
  • Used along with other seizure medications to treat partial seizures in adults and children as young as two years old.
     
  • Used along with other seizure medications to treat generalized seizures due to Lennox-Gastaut syndrome in adults and children as young as two years old.
     
  • Used along with other seizure medications to treat generalized tonic-clonic seizures (grand mal seizures) in adults and children as young as two years old.
     
(Click Lamictal Uses to learn about the specific effects of Lamictal, for information on how this medication works, and to find out if this drug is suitable for children.)
 
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