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What is a blood level monitoring for epilepsy?

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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology
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In brief: Checks drug in blood

Helps make sure there isn't too little or too much drug in blood.
Note, levels are only guidelines- ultimately seizure control or side effects determine proper dose. Also checks for possible effects of drug on liver, kidney, and bone marrow.

In brief: Checks drug in blood

Helps make sure there isn't too little or too much drug in blood.
Note, levels are only guidelines- ultimately seizure control or side effects determine proper dose. Also checks for possible effects of drug on liver, kidney, and bone marrow.
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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Dr. Anthony Mosley
Neurology
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In brief: Medication level

Many epilepsy medications (eg phenytoin, carbamazepine, valproate, etc) have standard "therapeutic" levels of concentration in the blood that doctors aim for to prevent seizures.
Your dose of medication would be adjusted if the level is too low or too high.

In brief: Medication level

Many epilepsy medications (eg phenytoin, carbamazepine, valproate, etc) have standard "therapeutic" levels of concentration in the blood that doctors aim for to prevent seizures.
Your dose of medication would be adjusted if the level is too low or too high.
Dr. Anthony Mosley
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