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Does anticonvulsant use in bipolar teens have risks?

Valproic acid and lamotrigine (Lamictal) and other anticonvulsants carry a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning on their labels stating that their use may cause an increase in suicidal thoughts and behaviors. For this reason, the doctor will insist on monitoring the patient closely as treatment begins. The doctor will also look for an intensification of the feelings of depression or other unusual changes in behavior.

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