Women with epilepsy

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This feature discusses the impact of epilepsy and its treatment on women in the childbearing years. Areas covered include contraception, labour, pregnancy and lactation and the impact anti-epileptic drugs may have on a developing foetus and baby. The discussion is led by Associate Professor Cecilie Lander from the University of Queensland.

Questions asked in the video

  • Introduction 0:00
  • What contraceptive advice does one give to women taking anti-epileptic drugs? 0:35
  • Which drugs have the best safety profile for use in pregnancy? 2:14
  • Key points when managing women with epilepsy who are pregnant 6:32
  • What advice would you give to women taking anti-epileptic drugs who are considering breastfeeding? 9:51

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