Chapter 9. Epilepsy

  1. Stephen Jackson Professor of Geriatric Medicine2,
  2. Paul Jansen3 and
  3. Arduino Mangoni4
  1. John O. Willoughby,
  2. Joseph Frasca and
  3. Emma M. Whitham

Published Online: 2 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470017975.ch9

Prescribing for Elderly Patients

Prescribing for Elderly Patients

How to Cite

Willoughby, J. O., Frasca, J. and Whitham, E. M. (2009) Epilepsy, in Prescribing for Elderly Patients (eds S. Jackson, P. Jansen and A. Mangoni), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470017975.ch9

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Clinical Gerontology, King's College Hospital, London, UK

  2. 3

    Department of Geriatric Medicine, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands

  3. 4

    Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Flinders University, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, Australia

Author Information

  1. Department of Medicine (Neurology), Flinders University and Medical Centre, Adelaide, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAY 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470024287

Online ISBN: 9780470017975



  • epilepsy - common problem at any age, especially so in elderly;
  • key to diagnosis of epilepsy - history of abrupt onset, brief changes in behaviour and prompt recovery;
  • aetiology of epilepsy (%) in elderly persons;
  • newer anti-epileptic drugs;
  • phenobarbitone and primidone - significant effects on cognitive function;
  • therapy scheme of advised drugs;
  • anti-epileptic drugs (AED);
  • drug withdrawal


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Aetiology

  • Symptoms and signs

  • Diagnosis

  • Therapy

  • Newer anti-epileptic drugs

  • Safety of anti-epileptic drugs

  • Therapy scheme of the advised drugs

  • Clinically-important drug interactions within anti-epileptic drugs

  • Clinically-important drug interactions with other drugs

  • Important adverse effects

  • Drug withdrawal

  • Key points

  • References