Which anticonvulsants are used for the treatment of first adult seizure?

Updated: Nov 30, 2017
  • Author: Eissa Ibrahim AlEissa, MD, MBBS; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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In an early report, phenytoin, carbamazepine, valproate, and phenobarbital were equally effective in treating newly diagnosed epilepsy; however, phenobarbital had more adverse effects. [46] Other authors agree that barbiturates should be avoided because of neurotoxic and cognitive side effects. [8]


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