Does Lamotrigine have a Mood Stabilizer?

Yes, lamotrigine is a mood stabilizer medication that is primarily used to treat bipolar disorder. It works by reducing the abnormal electrical activity in the brain that can cause mood swings and other symptoms of bipolar disorder.

Several studies have shown that lamotrigine is effective in reducing the frequency and severity of mood episodes in individuals with bipolar disorder. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry in 2003 found that lamotrigine was more effective than placebo in preventing both depressive and manic episodes in individuals with bipolar I disorder. Another study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders in 2006 found that lamotrigine was effective in reducing the severity of depressive symptoms in individuals with bipolar II disorder.

Lamotrigine is typically used as a long-term treatment for bipolar disorder, and may take several weeks or months to reach its full therapeutic effect. It is important for individuals taking lamotrigine to have regular check-ins with their healthcare provider to monitor their symptoms and adjust their treatment as needed.

While lamotrigine is generally well-tolerated, it can cause side effects, including skin rash, headache, dizziness, and nausea, and can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior in some individuals. As with any medication, it is important to discuss the potential benefits and risks with a doctor or healthcare provider before starting treatment.

There are various forms of drugs available, such as tablets or liquids, and each may have a separate patient information leaflet (PIL) for different doses. It is important to refer to the PIL for the specific form and dose of the drug that you have been prescribed.

You can search for further information and PILs on websites such as:

  • The British National Formulary (BNF)
  • Electronic medicines compendium (emc)
  • The National Library of Medicine's DailyMed
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 
  • Different drug forms like tablets or liquids have specific patient information leaflets (PIL) for various doses. Refer to the PIL for your prescribed drug form and dose.

    Search for PILs on websites like:


    • ANSM (Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament et des produits de santé):


    • AEMPS (Agencia Española de Medicamentos y Productos Sanitarios):


    • BfArM (Bundesinstitut für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte):


    For questions about your medication:

    • Consult your doctor, a healthcare professional, or a pharmacist


    • Contact SOS Médecins: 3624
    • For mental health support, contact SOS Suicide: 01 45 39 40 00

    Belgium (French)

    Switzerland (French)

    • La Main Tendue: 143
    • Website:

    Canada (French)

    • Centre de prévention du suicide du Québec: 1 866 APPELLE (1 866 277-3553)
    • Website:


    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact Teléfono de la Esperanza: 717 003 717


    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact Telefonseelsorge: 0800 111 0 111 or 0800 111 0 222


    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact Telefono Amico: 199 284 284


    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact 113 Zelfmoordpreventie: 0800 0113


    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact Sos Voz Amiga: 21 354 45 45, 91 280 26 69, or 96 352 46 60

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