Strategies for Optimizing Antiepileptic Drug Therapy in Elderly People

  title={Strategies for Optimizing Antiepileptic Drug Therapy in Elderly People},
  author={Thomas E. Lackner},
  journal={Pharmacotherapy: The Journal of Human Pharmacology and Drug Therapy},
  • T. Lackner
  • Published 1 March 2002
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Pharmacotherapy: The Journal of Human Pharmacology and Drug Therapy
The elderly take more antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) than all other adults. This extensive use directly correlates with an increased prevalence of epilepsy in a growing population of older people, as well as other neuropsychiatric conditions such as neuropathic pain and behavioral disorders associated with dementia and for which AEDs are administered. The agents account for nearly 10% of all adverse drug reactions in the elderly and are the fourth leading cause of adverse drug reactions in nursing… 

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