I have seen it used this way, yes. Especially in people who have treatment-resistant depression or Major Depressive Disorder, SSRIs can cause them to have mood swings - not necessarily bipolar mania, but irritation, anger, and aggression.
As Lamictal is a mood stabilizer, and is meant to take stronger control of the depressive side of mood swings, the result is a lifting of depression without the swinging into other destructive moods.
I have seen it prescribed many times for depression in people who are not bipolar, and many times, people find it so effective that they wean off and discontinue their antidepressant entirely.
Hi G mc; Hope all is well as you well know sometimes the doctor diagnosis is not exact. Lamactil, Is used for several different things such as this.(( Bipolar Disorder
Lamictal is indicated for the maintenance treatment of bipolar I disorder to delay the time to occurrence of mood episodes (depression, mania, hypomania, mixed episodes) in patients treated for acute mood episodes with standard therapy [see Clinical Studies (14.1)].
This is a copy and past from our web site. But when I was working still more of this was used for different mood disorders the best is to have them give it a try and see how it well work for you we are all different. And many of these problems symptoms overlap so it is so easy to mis-Diagnose a patient. It's a lot of trial and error. The main thing about this medication if you break out in a rash Stop it and check with the doctor. Hope this helps you some.
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