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What Is Extended-Release Lamotrigine Used For?

How Does Extended-Release Lamotrigine Work?

Seizures are the result of brief changes in how the brain's electrical system works. It is not known exactly how extended-release lamotrigine works to treat seizures. Studies suggest that it may work by affecting sodium channels in the brain, preventing the abnormal activity from "firing" and spreading to other parts of the brain. This action helps control seizures.

Can Children Use It?

Extended-release lamotrigine can be used in people age 13 years older. It is not approved for younger children, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using extended-release lamotrigine in children.

Is Extended-Release Lamotrigine Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medication for something other than partial-onset seizures. Based on approved or off-label uses of the short-acting version of this medication (Lamictal®), it is expected that extended-release lamotrigine may be used off-label for treating the following conditions:


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