Licarbazepine

What is licarbazepine?

Licarbazepine is an anticonvulsant used primarily in the treatment of epilepsy. Anticonvulsant medications influence the actions of neurotransmitters leading to a decrease in brain cell (neuron) excitability.

What is the evidence for licarbazepine as a treatment for bipolar disorder?

Moderate quality evidence suggests licarbazepine is less effective than tamoxefin or risperidone for acute mania symptoms. There may be more discontinuation of treatment with licarbazepine than with olanzapine. There were no significant differences in acute mania symptoms between treatment with licarbazepine and placebo or other medications.

April 2019

Last updated at: 5:59 am, 2nd April 2019
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