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Research Article

Effect of reduction of anticonvulsants on wellbeing.

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


    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 At least one drug was withdrawn for each of 20 patients, without loss of seizure control.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.