New recommendations on the use of anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) for the treatment of adults and children with epilepsy have been set out, in updated NICE guidelines.
Epilepsy affects up to an estimated 415,000 people in England, and two-thirds of people with active epilepsy have their condition satisfactorily controlled by AEDs.
NICE first published guidance on epilepsy in 2004 that included recommendations on the use of AEDs, as well as advice on the diagnosis, treatment and further management of the condition.
As recent years have seen a rise in the number of AEDs being prescribed, NICE has now updated this clinical guideline to provide information on newer AEDs.
The update describes how and when newer AEDs should be considered alongside older medicines, and can help GPs ensure they are prescribing treatments that are effective both clinically and cost effective.
CG137 Epilepsy: pharmacological treatment tables These tables provide a summary reference guide to pharmacological treatment. They were updated in 2011. All drugs are listed in alphabetical order. There have been no further releases since January 2012. These are the links to the treatment tables.