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Annual Fundamentals of Epilepsy Symposium 2014: The Side Effects of Epilepsy Treatment

Recorded December 5, 2014

This activity will provide comprehensive information about the potential side effects of different epilepsy therapies, not limited to the usual side effects of antiepileptic drugs. Included will be a synopsis of the adverse effects that can be encountered from treatment of seizures and epilepsy providing a comprehensive overview that will assist in tailoring treatment to individual patients. The speakers will discuss antiepileptic drug side effects; side effects of acute treatments for epilepsy (especially status epilepticus); side effects of devices that provide neuromodulation (VNS, RNS, DBS); side effects of epilepsy surgery evaluation and epilepsy surgery; and side effects of other treatments (diet, hormones, cannabinoids, herbal medications).

Learning Objectives

  • Implement appropriate medical treatment based on improved understanding of potential adverse effects of treatment options
  • Refer patients earlier in course of treatment for consideration of surgery or for use of a device for seizure control
  • Counsel patients more knowledgably about the potential adverse effects of their treatment and helps identify potential hazards arising from treatment
  • Help patients communicate effectively about their care, including identifying previously unrecognized adverse effects of their treatment
  • Identify treatment-related cognitive and emotional adverse effects of newly emergent and alternative treatments.
Target Audience
Basic and Intermediate

Co-Chairs: Elinor Ben-Menachem, M.D., Ph.D. and Tracy A. Glauser, M.D.


Introduction - Tracy A. Glauser, M.D.
Antiepileptic Drug Side Effects - Eugen Trinka, M.D., M.Sc.
Side Effects of Acute Treatments for Epilepsy - David M. Treiman, M.D.
Side Effects of Devices (VNS, RNS, DBS) - Robert S. Fisher, M.D., Ph.D.
Side Effects of Epilepsy Surgery Evaluation and Epilepsy Resective Surgery - Mary L. Zupanc, M.D.
Side Effects of Other Treatments (Diet, Hormones, Cannabinoids, Herbal Medications) - Kristen Park, M.D.
Conclusions - Elinor Ben-Menachem, M.D., Ph.D.