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What does the choice of drug used to treat epilepsy depend on?
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Dr. Christopher Nicora
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Seizures
Entirely on the clinician and standards of care.

In brief: Seizures
Entirely on the clinician and standards of care.
Dr. Christopher Nicora
Dr. Christopher Nicora
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Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology
In brief: Good question!
Factors include: type of epilepsy, age, sex, finances, ability to take medications regularly, and what other conditions or problems the person might have.
Other factors to consider may also include whether we need to start the medication in a hurry, and whether we need to have an IV form available. Also, some folks tolerate some side effects better than others.

In brief: Good question!
Factors include: type of epilepsy, age, sex, finances, ability to take medications regularly, and what other conditions or problems the person might have.
Other factors to consider may also include whether we need to start the medication in a hurry, and whether we need to have an IV form available. Also, some folks tolerate some side effects better than others.
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Dr. Andrew Reeves
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In brief: Many factors
There are multiple factors that go into the decision, including: - type of epilepsy (primary generalized, partial onset, etc.
) - age and gender (some drugs are less appropriate for women of reproductive age, etc.) - other medications a patient is taking (so no drug interactions occur) - other medical problems that the drug could worsen (or, in some cases, help) - how rapidly the drug needs to act.

In brief: Many factors
There are multiple factors that go into the decision, including: - type of epilepsy (primary generalized, partial onset, etc.
) - age and gender (some drugs are less appropriate for women of reproductive age, etc.) - other medications a patient is taking (so no drug interactions occur) - other medical problems that the drug could worsen (or, in some cases, help) - how rapidly the drug needs to act.
Dr. Joshua Turknett
Dr. Joshua Turknett
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