12. Antiepileptic Drug Adverse Effects
What to Watch Out for
- John W. Miller MD, PhD Director, UW Regional Epilepsy Center, Professor of Neurology and Neurological Surgery3 and
- Howard P. Goodkin MD, PhD The Shure Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, Director, Division of Pediatric Neurology4
Published Online: 10 JAN 2014
Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
How to Cite
Bainbridge, J. L. and Oh, C. Y. (2014) Antiepileptic Drug Adverse Effects, in Epilepsy (eds J. W. Miller and H. P. Goodkin), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118456989.ch12
University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
Department of Neurology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA
- Published Online: 10 JAN 2014
- Published Print: 14 FEB 2014
Print ISBN: 9781118456941
Online ISBN: 9781118456989
- side effects;
Adverse effects of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) are frequent and rarely life-threatening. This chapter reviews common predictable reversible adverse effects and idiosyncratic adverse reactions associated with AEDs. Familiarity with these adverse effects is essential when managing epilepsy, as they influence medication selection and often lead to changes in regimen and dosing. It is important to realize that adverse events are a potential source of morbidity and diminished quality of life. The patient should be educated regarding the potential adverse effects of their medications and laboratory monitoring performed when appropriate.