Lamotrigine for Epilepsy
Why It Is Used
Lamotrigine is used to treat a broad range of seizures. It helps control Reference partial seizures Opens New Window, especially partial seizures with secondary generalization. It may also be effective in treating Reference absence seizures Opens New Window and Reference generalized tonic-clonic seizures.
Lamotrigine is used most often with other epilepsy drugs.
Lamotrigine is also used in children who have Reference Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and who have not responded to other drug treatment. Lamotrigine is usually added to the child's existing drug therapy. There are still some concerns about the safety of lamotrigine, but a smaller initial dose and slower increases in dosage may reduce some of the risks.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: August 26, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Steven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology