Behavioural Neurology of Anti-Epileptic Drugs: A Practical Guide

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Oxford University Press, 2018 - Medical - 180 pages
Antiepileptic drugs are among the most commonly prescribed medications by both neurologists and psychiatrists, as they exert a number of effects which extend far beyond their anticonvulsant properties. There is growing evidence that each antiepileptic drug is characterised by a specific behavioural profile. Behavioural Neurology of Antiepileptic Drugs: A Practical Guide offers a user-friendly guide to the use of antiepileptic drugs and their behavioural effects on patients with epilepsy and primary psychiatric conditions.

Written over 18 chapters, this practical handbook guides the reader through the breadth of medications used in modern epilepsy and psychiatry practice alphabetically, including information on each drug's indications, contra-indications, side-effects, and important interactions. This resource covers practical information on prescribing and monitoring to ensure the reader has the most up-to-date evidence-based guidance at their fingertips, and diagrams are used throughout to aid visual learning.

With up-to-date content and a practical approach, Behavioural Neurology of Antiepileptic Drugs: A Practical Guide is an invaluable resource for consultants and trainees in neurology, psychiatry, and neuropsychiatry, as well as to pharmacists and specialist epilepsy nurses.

 

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Contents

1 Behavioural comorbidities in epilepsy
1
mechanisms of action
7
3 Carbamazepine oxcarbazepine and eslicarbazepine
21
4 Clonazepam and clobazam
39
5 Ethosuximide
49
6 Gabapentin
55
7 Lamotrigine
61
8 Levetiracetam piracetam and brivaracetam
69
12 Tiagabine
101
13 Topiramate
107
14 Valproate
115
15 Vigabatrin
123
16 Zonisamide
129
rufinamide lacosamide perampanel
135
18 Comparative evidence and clinical scenarios
147
References
151

9 Phenobarbital and primidone
77
10 Phenytoin
85
11 Pregabalin
93

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Andrea E. Cavanna, Consultant in Behavioural Neurology, Michael Trimble Neuropsychiatry Research Group, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Andrea E. Cavanna, MD PhD FRCP FANPA, is Consultant in Behavioural Neurology at the Department of Neuropsychiatry, National Centre for Mental Health, and Honorary Professor in Neuropsychiatry at Aston University, Birmingham (United Kingdom). He also works part-time for the University of Birmingham as Deputy Director of the MSc course in Clinical Neuropsychiatry. He has published extensively in the fields of behavioural neurology and neuropsychiatry, with special focus on the behavioural aspects of epilepsy and movement disorders. In 2010 he received the American Neuropsychiatric Association Career Development Award.

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