Advertisement

What is Lamictal?

Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Medicine

Lamictal (lamotrigine) is a prescription anti-convulsant drug.  It can be used alone or in combination with other medications to treat seizures in adults and children over the age of 2.   It has also been used to treat  mood swings in adults with bipolar disorder.


Lamictal is a prescription medication containing the active ingredient is lamotrogine used to control or prevent seizures caused by epilepsy or Lennox-Gastaut syndrome in people older than two years of age. Lamictal is an anticonvulsant medication and is usually taken with additional antiepileptic medications. Lamictal works by decreasing abnormal activity in the brain. This medication may also be used to control the mood swings characteristic of bipolar disorder in people older than 18 years of age.

Continue Learning about Mood Stablizing Agents

What should I know before taking carbamazepine?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Your doctor will need to do blood work, liver tests, and a urine analysis before starting treatment....
More Answers
What is carbamazepine?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) is a drug that was originally developed to treat epilepsy. It can also reli...
More Answers
Eat Cereal for Breakfast, Be Happy All Day
Eat Cereal for Breakfast, Be Happy All Day
An Easy Way to Boost Exercise Endorphins
An Easy Way to Boost Exercise Endorphins

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.