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 INVITED REVIEW
Year : 2008  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 7-15

Antiepileptic drugs in pediatric epilepsy


Department of Neurology, Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, India

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Sangeeta H Ravat
Department of Neurology, Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012
India
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DOI: 10.4103/1817-1745.40585

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The epilepsies are socially handicapping disorders and even a single seizure occurring in certain circumstances may have disastrous effect. The impact of epilepsy on every aspect of both the lives of the child and family is significant. Issues such as mental retardation, subtle neuropsychologic disturbances, cognitive problems, behavioral problems and learning difficulties are major factors affecting the children with epilepsy. Drug treatment is the major form of therapy for a vast majority of children with epilepsy. The choice of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in a child depends on the type of seizures, syndrome diagnosis, age of the patient and its consequent adverse effects. The metabolism of AED also differs according to the pediatric age group, requiring different dose regimens. Here, a brief review of AED used in the pediatric age group is presented.






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