Today we will refer to a psychotropic drug, called lamotrigine. Nowadays, more and more people are taking psychiatric medication, many of them with proper indication, and others not. In the specific case of lamotrigine, it is a psychotropic drug that is prescribed as a therapeutic strategy in the treatment of epilepsy and bipolar disorder. In what follows, we are going to continue talking about it, so we suggest that if it is of interest to you, continue reading, what is lamotrigine for?
What is Lamotrigine used for?
Lamotrigine is especially useful to treat bipolar depression and in this sense it can be used in monotherapy or in addition to other medication, which in these cases is spoken of as an adjunct role.
In turn, it has been shown to be useful in reducing depressive episodes in patients with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, but who are stable.
This is why the psychiatric clinic recommends the use of this psychoactive drug with regard to the treatment of maintenance in bipolar disorders.
Perhaps it is necessary to refer a little more about this diagnosis, for those who do not have due knowing about it. In ancient times, it was called manic depressive insanity, and then the term madness was replaced by that of disorder when it was included in the diagnostic manual of psychiatry, the DSM. To briefly summarize what this disease is about, we could say that what defines it are the oscillations between extreme moods and moods, in which periods of mania alternate, where the person may be euphoric with a high degree of excitement, with periods of depression, where there is strong apathy, reluctance and sadness. It is important to know that people usually consult when they are in this second period, because in the state of mania, the person feels good and full,
When lamotrigine is administered, what is sought is to be able to reduce these cycles, that is, the alternation of periods of mania and depression, and that the person can have a more stable mood, without these cycles. This is what explains why it is a psychotropic drug that is used in the maintenance treatments of bipolar disorders.
If in doubt, we suggest consulting a specialist.
Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.