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Antiepileptics, pregnancy and the child
  • Relevant BNF section: 4.8


Around 3-6 in every 1,000 pregnant women have epilepsy, and many of them are taking antiepileptic therapy. Such treatment, and the epilepsy itself, are associated with important adverse outcomes in the child.1,2 Here we review the evidence on such problems and update our previous advice on the use of antiepileptic treatment in women who are pregnant or planning to conceive.3

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  • Relevant BNF section: 4.8

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