Is there a way to determine who will react badly to antiepileptic medication?
A quick, easy and inexpensive test could one day help specialists determine which epilepsy patients are likely to react badly to carbamazepine.
Carbamazepine is an antiepileptic drug which is widely used as a first line treatment for epilepsy, but is also prescribed for other conditions, such as bipolar disorder and neuralgia. However, it can also cause extreme skin conditions in some hyper-sensitive, often Asian, patients.
The research which was conducted at the University of Melbourne, Australia will now need to be extended to larger sample sizes and more diverse ethnic populations. To read more about this research please use the link here: