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Title: Treatment with anti-epileptic drugs.
Authors: Berkovic, Samuel F
Affiliation: Epilepsy Research Centre and Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Austin Health, Victoria. s.berkovic@unimelb.edu.au
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2005
Citation: Australian Family Physician; 34(12): 1017-20
Abstract: The principles of epilepsy management are accurate diagnosis coupled with education, lifestyle advice, and drug therapy. There are a large number of anti-epileptic drugs now available.This article deals with initial treatment, the role of the newer agents, and practical issues such as monitoring of therapy and the use of generic drugs. The difficult issues of when to stop therapy and management of epilepsy in pregnancy are highlighted.Accurate seizure and syndrome diagnosis determines the optimal choice of medication. In most patients with new onset epilepsy, seizures can be easily controlled with lifestyle modification and medication. In general, valproate is first line treatment for generalised epilepsy and carbamazepine for partial epilepsies. New anti-epileptic drugs offer benefits in patients who are not controlled or intolerant of the older agents. Monitoring of therapy is primarily clinical; not necessarily requiring testing for serum levels or other blood tests.
Internal ID Number: 16333483
URI: http://ahro.austin.org.au/austinjspui/handle/1/10048
URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16333483
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Anticonvulsants.pharmacokinetics.therapeutic use
Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
Drug Administration Schedule
Drug Monitoring.methods
Epilepsy.drug therapy
Family Practice.methods
Female
Humans
Pregnancy
Pregnancy Complications.drug therapy
Therapeutic Equivalency
Treatment Outcome
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