Lamictal® (lamotrigine) is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of seizures in people with epilepsy. It is also often used as a mood stabilizer to treat bipolar disorder. Although most people respond well to the medication, substitutes for Lamictal are available for those who develop side effects or do not feel that their symptoms are improving.
Other Epilepsy Medicines
The following epilepsy medications can be used as a Lamictal substitute:
- Felbatol® (felbamate)
- Dilantin® (phenytoin)
- Neurontin® (gabapentin)
- Lamictal® (lamotrigine)
- Topamax® (topiramate)
- Gabitril® (tiagabine)
- Diastat® (diazepam)
- Lyrica® (pregabalin).
Other Bipolar Disorder Medicines
Besides Lamictal, other anticonvulsant medications that can be used to treat bipolar disorder include:
- Carbamazepine (Carbatrol®, Epitol®, Equetro™, Tegretol®)
- Divalproex sodium (Depakote®, Depakote ER®)
- Oxcarbazepine (Trileptal®)
- Topiramate (Topamax®)
- Valproic acid (Depakene®).
Various lithium products, antipsychotic medications, and antidepressants are also commonly used for treating bipolar mania or bipolar depression, or used as a "maintenance treatment" for the condition.
(Click Epilepsy Medication and Medications for Bipolar Disorder for more information about which other medicines can be used as a substitute for Lamictal and to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of these various products.)