1. Health
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

Anticonvulsant

By

Updated June 18, 2014

Definition:
An anticonvulsant is a medication generally used to treat seizure disorders such as epilepsy. These drugs are used to prevent seizures (convulsions), to make seizures less severe, and/or to stop a series of seizures.

Some anticonvulsants are also used as mood stabilizers in the treatment of bipolar disorder. The most commonly used include:

Some anticonvulsants are known to cause serious birth defects.

Source: Medterms.com: Anticonvulsant

Also Known As:
antiepileptic drugs

More Glossary Entries: A | B | C | D | E-F | G-H | I-L | M | N-O | P | Q-R | S | T | U-Z

  1. About.com
  2. Health
  3. Bipolar Disorder
  4. Bipolar for Beginners
  5. Glossary
  6. Glossary - A
  7. Anticonvulsant - What is an Anticonvulsant

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.

We comply with the HONcode standard
for trustworthy health
information: verify here.