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Anti-Convulsant Medications Anti-Convulsant Drugs Introduction

Some anticonvulsant medications can also help control severe mood changes. Examples include: Valproic Acid (Depakote, Depakene), Carbamazepine (Tegretol), Gabapentin (Neurontin), and Lamotrigine (Lamictil).

Valproate was FDA-approved in 1995 for treatment of mania. Newer anticonvulsant medications, including lamotrigine (Lamictal), gabapentin (Neurontin), and topiramate (Topamax), are being studied to determine how well they work in stabilizing mood cycles. Anticonvulsant medications may be combined with lithium, or with each other, for maximum effect.

Borrowed from the field of neurology, these agents have been used for years to stabilize psychiatric mood disorders. Using this rationale, some anticonvulsants are also useful in treating mood and impulsivity problems in brain-injured patients. Patient responses to these medications tend to be highly individualized; therefore, a trial and error approach must be taken to determine if any single medication will have a positive effect. Like with the antidepressants, effects of these drugs occur gradually, and several weeks of treatment may be needed before response can be determined.

Anticonvulsant drugs should never be discontinued without your doctors supervision on how to safely discontinue taking them. There are possibilities that  discontinuing anticonvulsants can cause seizures and other severe side-effects.

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