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Guidance for women with epilepsy of childbearing potential open for public comment

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The American Academy of Neurology, along with the American Epilepsy Society and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, has provided a practice guidance update for women with epilepsy of childbearing potential.

The 69-page draft report is currently open for public comment on the AAN website, with a deadline of July 22, and includes several new practice recommendations to optimize health outcomes for women with epilepsy of childbearing potential and their future offspring.

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These recommendations address areas such as joint doctor-patient decision-making; minimizing convulsive seizures; changing medication during pregnancy and continuous monitoring; medication choice, dosing and counseling; risks of pregnancy in these patients; fetal screening; folic acid supplementation; and screening of offspring. The risks associated with the use of valproic acid are discussed extensively.

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