Study: Drug monitoring helps lower epileptic seizures in pregnancy

11/29/2007 | Washington Post, The

Researchers found that tracking levels of the epilepsy drug lamotrigine in the bloodstream of pregnant women with the that condition helps reduce the incidence of seizures. The study noted that lamotrigine poses a relatively mild risk of birth defects, but has been associated with increased seizure activity in 75% of pregnancies, and therefore should be maintained at levels based on pre-pregnancy information.

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