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Monotherapy to Polytherapy: Antiepileptic Drug Conversions Through the Spectrum of Epilepsy Care

Authors
Journal
Current Neuropharmacology
1570-159X
Publisher
Bentham Science
Publication Date
Volume
7
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2174/157015909788848910
Keywords
  • Article
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacology

Abstract

The process of conversion between AED monotherapies is frequently necessary in epilepsy care, yet little practical guidance is available to practitioners. This article introduces an issue of Current Neuropharmacology devoted to the theme of AED conversions and related issues. In this series of articles, we reviewed the role of AED monotherapy in newly diagnosed epilepsy, the practice of transitional polytherapy during AED monotherapy conversions in patients experiencing breakthrough seizures or adverse effects, chronic maintenance polytherapy for refractory epilepsy, and the related topics of strategies for minimizing adverse effects, appropriate blood level monitoring, and patient-related factors in AED conversions. Successful conversion between AED monotherapies and polytherapy drug sequencing requires that practitioners possess and apply a thorough knowledge of epilepsy, AED pharmacology, and clinical reasoning, while being sensitive and reactive to patient reported adverse effects of treatment.

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