Lamotrigine

Brand Name: lamictal , lamictal CD, lamictal XR, lamictal ODT
Generic Name: Lamotrigine

About lamotrigine

There are several drug discovered for the treatment of episodes of seizures (sudden attack or illness due to abnormal electrical activity in brain marked by physical convulsions or shaking, and other changes in thought and behavior of a person) and epilepsy (chronic neurological disorder characterized by repeated seizures). Lamotrigine is one of the recently developed drugs used in the treatment of epilepsy.

What is lamotrigine?

Lamotrigine is an anticonvulsant drug, which is designed to treat different types of epilepsy. Lamotrigine can be used for the treatment of biplar disorder as well.

Lamotrigine chemically is a phenyltriazine drug. Lamotrigine has carbamazepine like action.

Lamotrigine was discovered in the year 1994. FDA has approved the use of lamotrigne for the treatment of epilepsy and bipolar disorder either alone or in combination with other drugs.

Forms of lamotrigine

Lamotrigine is sold in the market in different forms. Some of the commonly available forms are:

-Orally disintegrating tablets

-Extended release tablets

-Chewable dispersible tablets

-No information is available till date about availability on injections or solutions.

Lamotrigine is used only under doctor’s prescription as it may cause various unwanted effects if used in unnecessary conditions.

Lamotrigine is not an OTC (over the counter) medication. So you are not allowed to use on your own for your safety.

How does lamotrigine works?

Lamotrigine works by blocking sodium channel which play active role in abnormal electric firing that cause seizures. lamotrigine is  broad spectrum antiepileptic. Lamotrigine does not cure the epilepsy instead it only treats the seizures episode and its recurrence. Lamotrigine does not treat all types of seizures effectively. It can be used as mono-therapy or used combined with other medications. Lamotrigine can be used to treat bipolar disorder (episodes of mania and depression) especially type one.