Mental health

Standard antiepileptic drugs (phenobarbital, phenytoin, carbamazepine, valproic acid) for management of convulsive epilepsy in adults and children

[2012]

Recommendation(s)

Monotherapy with any of the standard antiepileptic drugs (carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, and valproic acid) should be offered to children and adults with convulsive epilepsy. Given the acquisition costs, phenobarbital should be offered as a first option if availability can be assured. If available, carbamazepine should be offered to children and adults with partial onset seizures.
Strength of recommendation: STRONG
Quality of evidence: LOW

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