The Prescribing Pattern of Anti-Epileptic Drugs by General Practitioners in a Semiurban Area
Dr. S Vijayarangan, Dr. G Rajaram, Dr. B Sharmila
AIM: To study the prescribing pattern of antiepileptic drugs in a semi urban area by general practitioners Materials and Methods: This is an observational study wherein patients suffering from epilepsy attending general practitioners in a semi urban area were analyzed. Totally 100 prescriptions were collected and demographic data, disease data, treatment data, and adverse event profile were analyzed Results: 100 patients were included in the study out of which 55 were males and 45 were females.80 patients were used only older/conventional AEDs. Only 5 patients were on newer AEDs. Newer AEDs were used as an add on therapy in 6 patients. Monotherapy(55%) was prescribed more than the polytherapy(45%).Phenytoin was the most commonly prescribed drug as monotherapy followed by phenobarbitone. a total of 240 AEDs were prescribed to a total of 100 patients to an average of 2.4 drugs per prescription. GTCS was the predominant form of seizure type presented (90%) followed by other types.26 patients reported adverse effects of which 18 were males and 8 were females. Conclusion: the AED of choice for different seizures were accordance with the recommended guidelines. The ultimate goal in treating epilepsy is to achieve a seizure free state with minimal or no side effects due to medications.
How to cite this article:
Dr. S Vijayarangan, Dr. G Rajaram, Dr. B Sharmila. The Prescribing Pattern of Anti-Epileptic Drugs by General Practitioners in a Semiurban Area. Pharma Innovation 2016;5(5):28-30.