Flashcards in Anticonvulsants TBL Deck (10):
1st line Tx for focal seizures (w/ or w/o 2ndary generalized seizures). Also a mood stabilizer. Note p450 inducer- many interactions.
high efficacy for focal seizures. P450 inducer.
a less good choice for focal seizures. Better interaction profile than carbamezapine or phenytoin.
most effective treatment for generalized seizures.
best Tx for absence seizures
What proportion of patients will have sustained remission with initial therapy and no severe side effects?
If pt is having bad side effects or continues to have seizures, what do you do?
Make sure they're taking it first. If they are, then switch to a different first line drug.
When is a pt considered truly pharmacoresistant?
If they fail 2 first line meds, either alone or in combo
When is it ok to discontinue therapy for epilepsy?
2-4 years seizure-free.