What is the efficacy of lamotrigine in the treatment of epilepsy?

Updated: May 30, 2019
  • Author: David Y Ko, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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The focal seizures arm of the SANAD trial demonstrated that although carbamazepine is the standard drug treatment, lamotrigine is clinically better with respect to time to treatment failure. [47] This study also determined that lamotrigine is a cost-effective alternative to carbamazepine for patients with focal-onset seizures. Carbamazepine, gabapentin, lamotrigine, oxcarbazepine, and topiramate were included for comparison. [47] However, the cost-effectiveness of medications has changed, as many new AEDs also have generic formulations.


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