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Drug treatment of epilepsy
  • Relevant BNF section: 4.8


Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder. As many as 1 in 20 of the general population have a fit1 at some time in their lives, and at any one time around 200 000 people in the UK are taking antiepileptic drugs.2 On treatment at least two-thirds of patients are likely to be free of attacks1 and eventually almost two-thirds are likely to be fit-free on no medication.3 In this article we review the drugs used to control epilepsy and consider how and when they can be withdrawn.

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  • Relevant BNF section: 4.8

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