This concise handbook provides practical, up-to-date clinical guidance on effective selection, prescription, and usage of antiepileptic drugs for patients with epilepsy in various medical conditions and in a variety of clinical contexts. This text discusses choosing drugs when faced with various medical comorbidities; how to correctly prescribe, titrate, and taper drugs; how to monitor drug efficacy and side effects; how to diagnose and manage toxicity; how antiepileptic drugs interact with other medications; and comprehensive coverage of current treatment options.Key Feature of this Manual Include· A brief formal discussion of the basic pharmacology of each antiepileptic drug, with an emphasis on how to select and use anti-epileptic drugs in a variety of clinical contexts.· Discussions of antiepileptic drugs approved for epilepsy since 2009.· New research about already existing antiepileptic drugs.· References for further reading that are oriented toward utility in clinical practice.Antiepileptic Drugs: A Clinician's Manual fills an unmet need as a practical, patient-oriented reference and leads to improved patient care. Supported by practical, clinical knowledge and experience, this is the perfect guide for physicians looking to ensure safe practices in antiepileptic drug therapy.
Table of Contents
Contents1 Diagnosis and Evaluation of Patients With Seizures2 Antiepileptic Drug Dosage Forms and Administration Guidelines3 Mechanisms of Action and Pharmacokinetic Properties of Antiepileptic Drugs4 Monitoring Antiepileptic Drugs and Their Toxicity5 Choices of Antiepileptic Drugs Based on Specific Epilepsy Syndromes and Seizure Types6 Clinically Important Drug Interactions With Antiepileptic Drugs7 Aggravation of Seizures by Antiepileptic Drugs8 Polytherapy With Antiepileptic Drugs9 Antiepileptic Drugs in Pregnancy10 Antiepileptic Drugs in Lactating Women11 Antiepileptic Drugs in the Elderly12 Antiepileptic Drugs in Patients With Renal Disease13 Antiepileptic Drugs in Patients With Liver Disease14 Antiepileptic Drugs and Metabolic Disorders15 Antiepileptic Drugs in Patients With Hyperlipidemia16 Antiepileptic Drugs in Patients With Diabetes Mellitus17 Antiepileptic Drugs in Patients With Cardiovascular Disorders18 Antiepileptic Drugs in Patients With Hematological Disorders19 Antiepileptic Drugs in Patients on Chemotherapy or Immunosuppressive Therapy20 Antiepileptic Drugs in Patients with Brain Tumors21 Antiepileptic Drugs in Patients With Stroke22 Antiepileptic Drugs in Patients With Preexisting Psychiatric Problems or Learning Disabilities23 Antiepileptic Drugs and Cognition24 Antiepileptic Drugs in Patients With Migraine Headaches25 Antiepileptic Drugs in Patients With Neuropathic Pain Syndromes26 Antiepileptic Drugs & Cutaneous / Allergic Reactions27 Antiepileptic Drugs and Ophthalmologic Problems28 Antiepileptic Drugs and Weight Change29 Antiepileptic Drugs and Bone Health30 Antiepileptic Drugs in Patients With HIV Infection/AIDSIndex