What are considerations when administering medications to elderly patients for the treatment of epilepsy?

Updated: May 30, 2019
  • Author: David Y Ko, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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In contrast, elderly patients need lower initial and maintenance doses, owing to the following normal features of the aging process:

  • Slowed hepatic metabolism

  • Decreased renal clearance

  • Decreased volumes of distribution


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