How long does it take to gradually discontinue epilepsy medications?

Updated: May 30, 2019
  • Author: David Y Ko, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Some authors recommend that all anticonvulsants, except primidone, phenobarbital, and benzodiazepines, be gradually discontinued over 6-10 weeks if they were used for a long period. Discontinue primidone, phenobarbital, and benzodiazepines over 10-16 weeks.


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