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Revista Cubana de Medicina General Integral

Print version ISSN 0864-2125On-line version ISSN 1561-3038


ZAPATA MARTINEZ, Alicia; VERGEL RIVERA, Germán M.  and  PAZ SENDIN, Luisa. Relevant pharmacological aspects of the new antiepileptic drugs. Rev Cubana Med Gen Integr [online]. 2005, vol.21, n.5-6. ISSN 0864-2125.

Due to the importance of epilepsy as a non-communicable chronic disease, it was decided to make a review of the new drugs that in the last years have been commercialized for its treatement in the world. Emphasis was given to the need of establishing a correct benefit/risk/cost relation, starting from the knowledge of efficiency, safety, convenience and cost of the drugs used in the treatment of any disease and, of course, of epilepsy. The new antiepileptic drugs have not proved yet to be superior than the already known, whose main pharmacological characteristics are also exposed. Though in most of the ocassions they are not better, they are undoubtedly more expensive and increase the prices of the treatments.

Keywords : Epilepsy; antiepileptic drugs; anticonvulsants.

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