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Epilepsy: when to avoid polypharmacy


Although the aim of therapy for epilepsy is to stop all fits without producing unwanted effects, it is often possible only to decrease their frequency or severity. Treatment usually has to continue for many years because anticonvulsants merely raise the seizure threshold and do not cure the disease. Up to 50% of those controlled on therapy relapse within 5 years when treatment is stopped.1 2

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