chapter  18
Pharmacological Treatment o f Epilepsy: Cost Effective Approaches
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Goals of Epilepsy Treatment The ultimate goal of epilepsy treatment is to eliminate the adverse impact of the

disease on the patient’s quality of life. Since seizure freedom is the most important determinant of quality of life in these patients, this should also be the usual primary goal.1*3 Currendy available antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) allow to achieve complete seizure suppression in up to two thirds of an unselected epilepsy population, allow­ ing these patients to lead a virtually normal life. Achieving seizure freedom, how­ ever, may not be feasible in severe epilepsies, when the price in terms of side effects becomes too high, or when the most appropriate AED is unavailable or unaffordable.