Epilepsy

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  • Topic: Seizure, Epilepsy, Myoclonus
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Treatment
Until recently only a few so-called basic antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) were available but new AEDs (so-called new generation AEDs) can now be bought in Polish pharmacies. All in all, we have about 15 AEDs. Properly selected, regularly taken, in appropriate doses, these drugs help epileptic patients, particularly those who do not improve with the basic AEDs. Nearly all new-generation AEDs are now available in Poland.      Most patients need just one AED to control their seizures but 30-35% need two drugs and a few percent even need three drugs to obtain seizure control. In such cases one must remember that drugs may interact leading to reduced or increased efficacy and toxicity. These patients are called drug-resistant or intractable. In half of this group, addition of a second, new drug may bring considerable improvement, i.e., reduction of the frequency and/or severity of seizures and hence better quality of life. For example, partial simple and partial complex seizures will not generalize to tonic-clonic seizures or simple seizures will not evolve into partial complex ones, or seizures will not last so long, will be less severe, with less loss of consciousness and the overall duration of the seizures will be shorter. This also means that the consequences of the seizures will not be so serious.  

Ref: pg.6 Absence seizures often occur in young children
Ref: pg.6 Absence seizures often occur in young children
Ref: pg. 6 Classification: A generalized tonic-clonic seizure Ref: pg. 6 Classification: A generalized tonic-clonic seizure

Ref: pg. 6 Myoclonic seizures are one of the most common types of seizures Ref: pg. 6 Myoclonic seizures are one of the most common types of seizures

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