Prescribing anti-epileptic drugs for people with epilepsy and intellectual disability
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This report addresses the extremely important area of epilepsy in the field of intellectual disability (ID), also known as learning disability. Epilepsy and ID are two conditions that carry stigma and can lead to social isolation. An individual who experiences both these problems faces huge challenges. This report aims to provide epileptologists, psychiatrists, doctors and clinicians working with people with ID and epilepsy an overview of good practice prescribing. Its focus is on using current evidence and applying it to support practical prescribing for people with ID. The document is not a substitute for recognised prescribing guides such as the British National Formulary (BNF). It is not a complete or comprehensive overview of epilepsy management or of epilepsy service provision. The contents of this report need to be considered as guidance, especially where most practitioners struggle when the evidence does not inform the complex clinical challenges. The report is a consensus statement on the application of current evidence used in the general population to people with ID and should be used for the purpose of guiding holistic decision-making in prescribing AEDs. It is important that clinicians keep themselves up to date using the latest information on the subject as part of their continuing professional development, as the subject area covered by this report changes rapidly.
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