Drug update

The place of the new antiepileptic drugs

Daniel B McLaughlin



For many patients, better tolerability and reduced potential for drug interactions are favourable characteristics of the new antiepileptic drugs.

Article Extract

In the past 10 years, the number of drugs available in Australia to treat epilepsy has effectively doubled. Disappointingly, this has not been associated with a halving of the number of patients with medically refractory epilepsy. Yet each of the recently introduced antiepileptic drugs has particular characteristics that may merit its selection for individual patients.