Fast Five Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Epilepsy and Seizure-related Conditions

Amy Kao, MD


January 12, 2016

A recent study determined that ethosuximide and valproic acid are superior in effectiveness compared with lamotrigine; valproic acid was found to have a higher rate of side effects. If absence seizures are present along with other seizure types (eg, generalized tonic-clonic seizures, myoclonic seizures), many neurologists would choose valproic acid, lamotrigine, or topiramate. Do not use carbamazepine, gabapentin, or tiagabine because these drugs may exacerbate absence seizures. It is uncertain whether pregabalin, a medication related to gabapentin, has the same risk.

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