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Review of Antiepileptic Drugs

Mohammad Tabaeizadeh, MD1
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1VA North Texas Health Care System, Dallas
JAMA Neurol. 2016;73(7):896. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2016.1034.
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Antiepileptic drugs consist of a group of medications that range from popular standbys to newly developed agents, and are an essential part of epilepsy management and general neurology. Unlike some other neurologic disorders, epilepsy is frequently manageable with these drugs, except for a minority of patients who are considered to have intractable epilepsy. Even these patients, however, may benefit from medical therapy to some extent. Furthermore, these drugs play an important role in the treatment of many other neurologic and psychiatric disorders. On the other hand, remarkably adverse effects and drug interactions may develop following the use of these drugs; hence, prescription of these drugs by either general practitioners or neurologists requires specific knowledge to maintain balance and take maximum advantage of these drugs. This field is also constantly developing and introducing new drugs with similar or different mechanisms into the market.

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