• Corpus ID: 29636618

Epilepsy drugs may reduce method effectiveness.

  title={Epilepsy drugs may reduce method effectiveness.},
  author={K Best},
  volume={19 2},
  • K. Best
  • Published 1999
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Network
Anticonvulsant drugs used to treat epilepsy have been linked to an increased risk of birth defects among infants of epileptic mothers. Thus, effective contraception for epileptic women is especially important. Copper IUDs, voluntary sterilization, and correct use of barrier methods have been suggested. Most hormonal methods raise concerns, however. Some antiepileptic drugs (e.g., phenytoin, phenobarbital, carbamazepine, and paramethadione) may cause more rapid metabolism of the progestin or…