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Different drugs, different risks

MagazineAugust 2003 (Vol. 14 Issue 5)Different drugs, different risks

Each type of antiepileptic drug brings with it the risk of different types of seizures

Each type of antiepileptic drug brings with it the risk of different types of seizures.

Antiepileptic drug Type of seizure

Phenytoin A variety of different types (has the highest risk of inducing a seizure)
Phenobarbital Negative myoclonus, tonic and absence
Benzodiazepines Tonic-clonic
Carbamazepine Tonic, atonic, absence, myoclonic
Oxcarbazepine Absence and myoclonic
Sodium valproate Myoclonic and status epilepticus
Ethosuximide Generalised non-convulsive and atonic
Lamotrigine Myoclonic
Gabapentin Absence and myoclonic
Vigabatrin Myoclonic


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