The Trouble with AEDs

Epilepsy Talk

At the very best, finding the right anti-epilepsy drug is a crap shoot. There’s always the hope that this one will do it.

Or maybe adjunct therapy will work. Or, sigh, the side-effects derail you and you’re on to the next.

Is asking for seizure control too much?

The good news is that many newer AEDs are better tolerated than the older, standard AEDs.Although they, too, come with side-effects.

Newer AEDs often cause less sedation and require less monitoring than older drugs.

Although they are generally FDA-approved for use as add-ons to standard drugs that have failed to control seizures, they are often prescribed as single drugs.

Specific choices usually depend on your particular condition and the specific side-effects of the AED.

None has emerged as being superior to either standard or newer drugs.

All appear to offer some benefits, however, as with standard anti-seizure drugs, they all come…

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