Journal article

Pharmacotherapy of epilepsy: New armamentarium, new issues

Frank JE Vajda

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCE | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2007

Abstract

Since 1990 there have been over ten antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) approved for the therapy of epilepsy. These agents have a new spectrum of efficacy and novel adverse effects, some totally unexpected. They also represent an enormous escalation of costs. Few have been subjected to head-to-head comparisons in monotherapy against established AEDs. The aim of therapy is to eliminate rather than to reduce seizure manifestations. Many traditional agents have been phased out due to poor tolerability. New epilepsy syndromes and genetic contributions to epilepsy have been refined. Special considerations apply to various classes of sufferers such as the elderly, women of childbearing age, and sufferers w..

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