Certain Dangerous Epilepsy Treatment Drugs Linked to Suicide

A new study has determined that only some Epilepsy Treatment Drugs increase the risk for suicide. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires a warning of an increased risk of suicide for all epilepsy drugs.Newer drugs with a higher risk of causing depression than other epilepsy drugs, such as levetiracetam (Keppra), topiramate (Topamax) and vigabatrin (Sabril) were found to increase the risk of self-harm or suicidal behavior among people with epilepsy.

In contrast, newer drugs that have a low risk of causing depression and conventional epilepsy drugs did not have any increased risk of self-harm or suicidal behavior. These groups include drugs such as lamotrigine (Lamictal), gabapentin (Neurontin), carbamazepine (Tegretol), valproate (Depakote) and phenytoin (Dilantin).

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