Antiseizure Medication Withdrawal

Publication Date: December 6, 2021

Key Points

Key Points

  • Epilepsy is a common disease of the brain and accounts for approximately 1% of the global burden of all disease. In the United States alone, an estimated 70,000–200,000 adults per year will present with a first unprovoked seizure.
  • Currently, epilepsy is not considered resolved until a patient is seizure-free for at least 10 years and off antiseizure medications (ASMs) for at least the last 5 years.

Treatment

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...s who are seizure-free for at least 2 years, the...

When discussing either ASM withdrawal or continu...

Counseling must include discussion that...

...uld counsel that recurrent seizures put pe...

...nicians must explore contributors to the...

...should discuss with seizure-free patients that...

...icians may discuss that the risk of seizure rec...


...Childre...

...ho are seizure-free for at least 18...

...hould discuss with children and their families...

...ns should counsel that recurrent seizur...

...ns should explore contributors to quality of li...

...zure-free for at least 18–24 months, if there...

...ldren seizure-free for at least 18–24 months,...

...nicians must take into account the known natural...