Lamotrigine for Bipolar Disorder
Healthcare providers can prescribe lamotrigine (Lamictal®) for bipolar disorder in addition to seizures in people with epilepsy. When used for bipolar disorder, the medication is taken as part of a "maintenance" plan. This means that it is designed to help keep a person's mood stable and to prevent episodes of mania or depression -- it cannot treat the acute episodes when they actually occur.
(Click What Is Lamotrigine Used For? to learn more about using this drug for bipolar disorder. You can also learn why it is used for epilepsy, whether children can take this medication, and if there are any off-label uses.)