Epilepsy meds 'raise risk of cardiovascular events'

Older agents, however, confer no more risk than newer non-enzyme-inducing drugs, researchers find

People with epilepsy taking antiepileptic drugs are at greater risk of experiencing a major cardiovascular event than the general population, a study suggests.

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However, researchers found no increased risk for patients prescribed the older enzyme-inducing antiepileptic drugs (EIAEDs), which are associated with higher cholesterol, compared with those taking non-enzyme-inducing drugs.

The researchers analysed data on 10,241 adults living in the UK (mean age 50), who were prescribed treatment for epilepsy between 2003 and 2017, and

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