Monday, April 6, 2015

Study group discussion: Anti-epileptic drugs

Carbemazepine is contraindicated in which type of seizure?

During pregnancy, eclampsia and absence seizures.

Which anti eplielptic drug is contraindicated in pregnancy?

All of them.

Which antiepileptics can be used in pregnancy?

Sodium valproate, lamotrigine and lavatriacetram are safe in pregnancy.

Pregnant lady with epilepsy well controlled on sodium valproate wants to get pregnant. What will you do?

You do not switch the drug. Valproate has a dose dependent side effect on the fetus. You will try tapering down the dose. The main word is well controlled.

If while tapering the dose, she starts having seizures you switch to a safer drug.

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