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Comparative evidence and clinical scenarios 

Comparative evidence and clinical scenarios
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Comparative evidence and clinical scenarios
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Andrea E. Cavanna

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10.1093/med/9780198791577.003.0018
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date: 23 October 2019

By bringing together the available information from the use of individual antiepileptic drugs in patients with epilepsy, it is possible to derive some preliminary comparative evidence about their positive and negative psychotropic properties, as well as their implications for the management of behavioural symptoms in this patient population. These findings often match the available evidence supporting the use of antiepileptic drugs for the treatment of patients with primary psychiatric symptoms. Expertise on the relative advantages/disadvantages of each antiepileptic drug in different clinical situations requires up-to-date knowledge about the behavioural and cognitive effects of these medications (a task made increasingly more difficult by the rapid expansion of the field) .

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