Drug treatment of epilepsy considerations








Treatment considerations traditional antiepileptic drugs

11/20/2014
05:06 | Author: Allison King

Epilepsy and pregnancy
Treatment considerations traditional antiepileptic drugs

Treatment considerations: traditional antiepileptic drugs. Pellock JM. Selecting a specific antiepileptic drug for the treatment of seizures in those with mental.

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Phenobarbital is the most commonly used of the barbiturate drugs. Phenytoin is actually one of the best tolerated AEDs (side effects in most patients are signs of neurotoxicity). Carbamazepine is the drug of choice for many neurologists for the treatment of partial epilepsy, with a relative lack of sedation and low incidence of cosmetic, cognitive, and behavioral side effects. For more than 30 years, valproate has been available for treatment of generalized and partial seizures, convulsive or nonconvulsive. For this reason, it is used in the treatment of epilepsy in the multiply handicapped and mentally retarded. Selecting a specific antiepileptic drug for the treatment of seizures in those with mental retardation requires a balance of the drug's likely efficacy for both seizures and comorbid disorders versus adverse events. Benzodiazepines are the drug of choice for treatment of status epilepticus; however, good medical control requires early diagnosis and treatment.

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Considerations in the choice of an antiepileptic drug in the treatment

9/19/2014
03:48 | Author: Jeremy Rodriguez

Epilepsy and pregnancy
Considerations in the choice of an antiepileptic drug in the treatment

Considerations in the choice of an antiepileptic drug in the treatment of epilepsy. Azar NJ, Abou-Khalil BW. The advent of multiple new.

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For selection of the most appropriate AED, the neurologist must know the pharmacological properties of the AEDs and has to balance their benefits and potential risks for the individual patient. The advent of multiple new antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in the past 15 years has provided new options for clinicians treating patients with epilepsy, but has also created a need for guidelines in AED use. Other factors in AED selection include safety and tolerability, ease of use and titration rate, potential interactions, and efficacy in coexisting nonepileptic conditions. Comorbid conditions may favor or exclude the use of certain AEDs in a particular patient. A key consideration in AED selection is spectrum of efficacy for seizure types and epileptic syndrome. This article analyzes the various factors involved in choosing an AED. Special considerations apply in specific epilepsy populations, such as women of childbearing age, children, and the elderly.

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Complex Partial Seizures Treatment Management

7/18/2014
01:22 | Author: Chloe Allen

Epilepsy and pregnancy
Complex Partial Seizures Treatment Management

Treatment & Management: Complex Partial Seizures. Drugs & Diseases Considerations; Anticonvulsant Therapy; Surgical Treatment of.

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Epilepsy Treatments Find the Right Medication - WebMD

5/17/2014
01:16 | Author: Chloe Allen

Epilepsy and pregnancy
Epilepsy Treatments Find the Right Medication - WebMD

Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes repeated episodes of unprovoked seizures. There is no cure for epilepsy, but medications may help keep symptoms.

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Seizures and Epilepsy in the Older Adult - Medscape Education

3/16/2014
03:30 | Author: Jeremy Rodriguez

Epilepsy and pregnancy
Seizures and Epilepsy in the Older Adult - Medscape Education

Do you know how to assess, diagnose, and treat seizure in the elderly? Consideration can be given to stopping medication if the patient is free of seizures for.

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