Anticonvulsant use during pregnancy

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Although antiepileptic medications may play a role in fetal malformations, this risk appears no greater than the risk associated with either the seizures themselves or a change in medication during pregnancy. In general, the number and the dose of antiepileptic medications should be minimized during pregnancy. Potential complications during the pregnancy must be anticipated. Drug levels must be monitored. Because the fetus is at a somewhat higher risk, ultrasound studies may be useful in monitoring the pregnancy. Delivery should take place in a center where appropriate facilities are available if intervention is required during labor or if the baby is malformed. Both the infant and the mother should be monitored closely after the delivery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)258-265
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Therapeutics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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