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Anticonvulsant

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Updated September 15, 2011

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

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