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Pregnant patients with epilepsy need careful monitoring of anticonvulsant meds


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JAMA Neurology
Reuters Health - 24/02/2022 - Doctors treating pregnant patients with epilepsy need to carefully monitor and adjust their anticonvulsant-medication dosages throughout the pregnancy, researchers say.  "During pregnancy in women with epilepsy, lower blood concentrations of antiseizure medications can have adverse clinical consequences," they write in JAMA Neurology.  "We found that, during pregnancy, the concentrations of almost all anti-seizure medications (ASMs) will drop significantly if no dose adjustments are made," Dr. Page B. Pennell of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, in Pennsylvania, told Reuters Health by email.


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