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Pregnant women more likely to stop taking medication

28 Jan 2013

pregnant womanA UK study has found that pregnant women with epilepsy are more likely to stop taking their epilepsy medicines, compared to women who are not pregnant.

Researchers, led by Shuk-Li Man, analysed prescribing trends for anti-epileptic drugs from 1994 to 2009. The results show that prescribing of newer medicines has steadily increased. Lamotrigine has been the most popular medicine prescribed in pregnancy since 2004. However, the use of carbamazepine and sodium valporate has decreased.

Epilepsy and pregnancy survey: counselling is not happening

8 Jan 2013

Woman's pregnant bumpAs part of a new campaign that launches today, Epilepsy Action has released the results of a survey of women living with the condition. The survey results show that a concerning number of these women have not been properly informed by their healthcare professionals. Vital facts about epilepsy and pregnancy are not being given – facts that may help ensure the safety of both mother and child.


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