By W. Henry Smithson, Matthew C. Walker

ABC of Epilepsy presents a pragmatic advisor for basic practitioners, and all these operating in basic care, at the analysis, therapy and administration of epilepsy, and for the continuing tracking and long-term help of what's nonetheless a comparatively poorly understood neurological disease.

This fresh name within the ABC sequence is extremely illustrated all through and offers what epilepsy is, its class, and the way to diagnose it. It covers anti-epileptic medicines and non-drug remedies, in addition to self-management and dwelling with epilepsy.

Edited by means of a health care professional and neurologist group, the ABC of Epilepsy displays present great guidance and is perfect for all GPs, basic well-being care execs, perform nurses and professional nurses, and non-specialist scientific employees who play an expanding function in tracking and dealing with of epilepsy patients.

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Despite the risk, inappropriate prescribing of low-oestrogen contraceptives with enzyme-inducing drugs is widespread (Kitson, 2000). The menopause Increases in seizure frequency are not uncommon around the menopause. However, menopause itself is not consistently associated with any particular change in seizure frequency; nevertheless, the pattern of seizures may change and become less predictable. Moreover, some people find that their seizure frequency can change after menopause (some have an increase, some a decrease).

Although a range of antiepileptic drugs can be used as initial treatment in older people, the evidence supports the preferential use of lamotirigine, gabapentin, topiratmate (at low dose), valproate (cautiously due to tremor and sedation) and levetiracetam. Whichever drug is used, the introductory dose should be low and dose titration should be slow and cautious to avoid adverse effects. Monitoring for potential side effects should be intensive and due consideration should be given to the presentation of non-specific side effects of AEDs.

Oxford University Press, 2008. Kutscher ML. Children with Seizures: A Guide for Parents, Teachers and Other Professionals. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2006. Morrow J. The XX Factor: Treating Women with Anti-Epileptic Drugs. National Services for Health Improvement, 2007. Prasher VP, Kerr M. Epilepsy and Intellectual Disabilities. Springer, 2008. CHAPTER 8 Monitoring and Review – How to Manage the Condition Long Term Colin D. Ferrie1 , Alice Hanscomb2 and Mike P. ’ – NICE guideline CG20 The annual review is a key part in managing the epilepsies; both for the person with the condition and the clinician.

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