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Lamictal® (lamotrigine) is a prescription medication used to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder. This medication is approved for both of these uses in adults. However, for children, Lamictal is only approved for controlling epileptic seizures. This drug should only be used in children who are at least two years old or older; it is not approved for younger children.
 
It is not clear exactly how Lamictal works for treating epilepsy. Studies suggest that the drug may work by affecting sodium channels in the brain, thereby preventing the abnormal activity from spreading to other areas. This action could help control seizures. It may work in a similar fashion to help manage symptoms of bipolar disorder.
 
(Click Lamictal Uses for more information on using Lamictal for children who have epileptic seizures. This article discusses how the drug works and address possible off-label uses.)
 
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