Epilepsy is a big problem for Neurology. It is a common, and often life-long, disease. Epilepsy is like the mythical hydra in its diverse manifestations, and in its duplicitous evasion of treatment.
The pillars of epilepsy treatment are the anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs). It is however a very tricky business to wield these very powerful tools. For example, one epilepsy medication may work wonders for one form of the epilepsy, and make another type much worse.
Any successful anti-epilepsy regime must therefore be carefully thought through, requiring a strategy that keeps the following key issues in mind all the time:
- Mode of action
- Side effects
- Interaction with other drugs
With these in mind, neurochecklists explored the difficult terrain, and came up with comprehensive, but concise, checklists for the 29 essential anti-epilepsy drugs. What better way to navigate the choppy waters of epilepsy treatment? To help chart the course, here they are, in alphabetical order.
Don’t forget, all the checklists are fully referenced, and linked to their PubMed abstracts. Go on then, explore!