Why are frequent drug serum levels obtained in pregnant women with epilepsy?

Updated: May 30, 2019
  • Author: David Y Ko, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Frequent drug serum levels should be obtained because of the many physiologic changes that take place during pregnancy, including changes in volume of distribution, protein binding, and hepatic metabolism and erratic absorption. In particular, decreased serum concentration of lamotrigine in the third trimester is well documented, and the dose needs to be adjusted after delivery.


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