The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
Issue 1526
Drugs for Epilepsy; Comparison Table: Some Oral Antiepileptic Drugs (online only)
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Drugs for Epilepsy
Treatment of epilepsy should begin with a single antiepileptic drug (AED), increasing its dosage gradually until seizures are controlled or adverse effects become intolerable. If seizures persist, specialists generally recommend trying at least one and sometimes a second alternative drug as monotherapy before considering use of two drugs concurrently. When used for the appropriate seizure type, AEDs are roughly equivalent in efficacy. Drug choice is usually based on factors such as ease of use, adverse effects, drug interactions, presence of comorbidities, and cost. ... more
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