Researchers compare therapies for post-stroke epilepsy

Treating late-onset post-stroke epilepsy with valproic acid or newer antiepileptic therapies is likely to be more effective than using phenytoin.

The risk of an emergency department visit for a seizure is 44% lower for patients given valproic acid compared with phenytoin and 72% less for those taking newer therapies such as lamotrigine, levetiracetam and gabapentin, according to the results of Taiwanese study.