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A Journal on Internal Medicine
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Panminerva Medica 2002 September;44(3):221-5
New antiepileptic drugs in childhood
Verrotti A., Trotta D., Morgese G. *, Chiarelli F.
Department of Paediatrics University of Chieti, Chieti, Italy
*Department of Paediatrics University of Siena, Siena, Italy
In recent years, many new antiepileptic drugs have been available for the treatment of epilepsy in pediatric age. In this review, we describe these new antiepileptic drugs (vigabatrin, lamotrigine, felbamate, gabapentin, tiagabine, topiramate) which can be used together with “old” antiepileptic drugs (e.g. phenobarbital, valproate, etc.). We report their mechanisms of action, effectiveness, dosage and side effects; moreover, some practical advice for their use in pediatric patients is given.