Research Article

Effect of reduction of anticonvulsants on wellbeing.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982; 285 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.285.6339.423 (Published 07 August 1982) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982;285:423
  1. E Fischbacher

    Abstract

    An attempt was made over a period of a year to reduce the number of anticonvulsants used to treat epilepsy in a hospital for the mentally handicapped. At least one drug was withdrawn for each of 20 patients, without loss of seizure control. Effect on wellbeing was assessed by a behavioural scale completed before and after withdrawal, and in the 20 cases of successful withdrawal wellbeing was significantly improved.