Epilepsy:Different drugs, different risks

Each type of antiepileptic drug brings with it the risk of different types of seizures.


Antiepileptic drug Type of seizure


Phenytoin A variety of different types (has the highest risk of inducing a seizure)
Phenobarbital Negative myoclonus, tonic and absence
Benzodiazepines Tonic-clonic
Carbamazepine Tonic, atonic, absence, myoclonic
Oxcarbazepine Absence and myoclonic
Sodium valproate Myoclonic and status epilepticus
Ethosuximide Generalised non-convulsive and atonic
Lamotrigine Myoclonic
Gabapentin Absence and myoclonic
Vigabatrin Myoclonic

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