What is the role of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in the treatment of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS)?

Updated: Nov 09, 2018
  • Author: Koshi A Cherian, MD; Chief Editor: Amy Kao, MD  more...
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Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) are the mainstay of therapy for patients with LGS. Unfortunately, no one AED gives satisfactory relief for all or even most patients with LGS. A combination of agents frequently is required. Patients with LGS experience frequent exacerbations of their seizures that may require inpatient adjustment of AEDs.

Patients with LGS have a recognized high risk for status epilepticus. Because of the consequent risk of injury or death, a medication for emergency intervention (eg, rectal diazepam) should be prescribed.


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