Can anticonvulsants help treat bipolar disorder in children?

Valproic acid, lamotrigine (Lamictal) or divalproex sodium (Depakote), known as "anticonvulsants," have proven to help stabilize moods. Initially developed to treat seizures, some anticonvulsants have proven more effective in children than lithium. These medications have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat bipolar disorder in children, yet, but if you keep checking at the FDA site, something similar may. Further, doctors can sometimes get around these restrictions if the situation warrants it.

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