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How does lamotrigine treat epilepsy?

Lamotrigine treats epilepsy by decreasing the frequency of seizures. The exact way it does this is not known but one theory is that lamotrigine affects the sodium channels of nerve cells in the brain. Lamotrigine is not used to treat someone who is currently having a seizure.

Lamotrigine is used with other antiepileptic medication to treat partial seizures, primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures, and generalized seizures in people with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. It can also be used alone for adults with partial seizures who have been taking certain other drugs as single therapy. These other drugs include phenytoin, phenobarbital, valproic acid, divalproex, primidone, or carbamazepime.

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