New Research Suggests Common Anti-Seizure Medications May Increase Risk Of Cardiovascular Problems, Jefferson Medical College Study

Published: Mar 18, 2009

EurekAlert! -- PHILADELPHIA – An important clinical repercussion in the treatment of epilepsy has been discovered by a research team led by Scott Mintzer, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Neurology and the Jefferson Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. The team has determined that two of the most commonly prescribed anti-seizure medications may lead to significantly increased levels of cholesterol, C-reactive protein and other markers of cardiovascular disease risk. The finding – set to be published in the March 18th online edition of Annals of Neurology – may help doctors manage the care of patients with seizures more effectively by prescribing different anti-seizure medications that will not adversely affect cardiovascular health.

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