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(p. 55) Session 3: Deciding About Your Drug Therapy 

(p. 55) Session 3: Deciding About Your Drug Therapy
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(p. 55) Session 3: Deciding About Your Drug Therapy
Author(s):

Joel M. Reiter

, Donna Andrews

, Charlotte Reiter

, and W. Curt LaFrance Jr.

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199335015.003.0004
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date: 24 October 2020

Chapter 4 provides basic information about how antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) work to reduce seizures, how medication dosages are adjusted, and how to avoid side effects. It explains how blood tests are used to monitor AED levels and potential adverse effects. The chapter teaches patients how to consult with their prescribing physicians about ways to optimize the positive effects of seizure medications while minimizing negative effects. It explains that AEDs, which help control epileptic seizures, do not prevent nonepileptic seizures (NES). The chapter describes other types of central nervous system drugs that may be prescribed for associated conditions such as depression and anxiety. The goal of the chapter is to give participants the tools they need to know when and how to discuss medication issues with their physicians.

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