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Women and epilepsy
Lamotrigine is fast becoming a popular anti-epileptic drug in pregnancy according to reseqarch presented at the Congress today.
The research was undertaken by Dr Shuk Li Man from University College London. The study was based on UK patients between 1994 and 2009.
Research showed that use by pregnant women of carbamazepine and sodium valproate has fallen and use of lamotrigine has increased.
Pregnant women taking lamotrigine were also less likely to stop taking their AEDs during pregnancy.
Dr Man concluded that more research is needed to look at the risks associated to pregnant women from both newer and older AEDs.
Author: Amanda Cleaver.