Monitoring Blood Concentrations Of Anticonvulsants

Many biochemistry laboratories no longer undertake routine measurement of the plasma concentration for most anticonvulsant drugs because plasma concentrations are insufficiently stable to serve as a useful guide to change of dose. The exception is phenytoin, where a small increase in dose may lead to a disproportionate rise in the plasma drug concentration (see zero-order pharmacokinetics, p. 99) and plasma monitoring is essential. With other drugs the dose is increased to the maximum tolerated level and, if seizures continue, it is replaced by another.

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