Medication: Epilepsy

  • Rebecca Case
  • Sinead Blake


This chapter covers the use of medication in epilepsy, specific information about antiepileptic medication and what to do if there are issues or concerns about an individual’s medication.


Antiepileptic medication Antiseizure medication AEDs Sodium valproate Medical cannabis CBD Interactions Adjustments Withdrawal Brands Supply Formulations Travel Missed doses 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rebecca Case
    • 1
  • Sinead Blake
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PaediatricsQueen Alexandra HospitalPortsmouthUK
  2. 2.Wessex Neurological CentreSouthampton General HospitalSouthamptonUK

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