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Antiepileptic Medication Use in Neurosurgical Patients 

Antiepileptic Medication Use in Neurosurgical Patients
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Antiepileptic Medication Use in Neurosurgical Patients
Author(s):

Megan Margiotta

and Timothy Ambrose

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190913779.003.0005
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date: 07 April 2020

When caring for neurosurgical patients, many will either be started on a new antiepileptic medication or will be continued on a regimen that had been started prior to hospitalization. Because of this, it is important for a hospitalist to be familiar with the potential risks and benefits of these medications, even though they may be initiated by a neurosurgeon or neurologist. This chapter discusses several common antiepileptic drugs and their uses in the inpatient setting. This is not intended to be an exhaustive discussion; as of this writing, there are at least 27 unique antiepileptic medications available in the United States alone, with more being studied and produced.

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