Update on Anticonvulsant Drugs

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In 2009, the US Food and Drug Administration approved three medications for the treatment of epilepsy: rufinamide, lacosamide, and vigabatrin. In addition, extended-release formulations of lamotrigine and levetiracetam were approved recently. When added to the dozen medications for treating epilepsy, the choice is a luxury in terms of additional options, but also a challenge for practitioners to use them all with expertise. Recently, there has been much interest surrounding medications for epilepsy and their possible association with osteoporosis, safety during pregnancy, biological equivalence to generic versions, and possible association with higher rates of suicidality. This review discusses these issues and provides a current overview for the medical management of epilepsy.

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