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The authors consider the specific features of epilepsy in middle-aged and elderly patients: a preponderance of focal symptomatic and cryptogenic epilepsies, a frequent combination with concomitant mental and somatic diseases, and a relative efficacy of small-dose antiepileptic drugs (AED). Choice of therapy is noted to depend on the form of epilepsy/type of seizures, comorbidity and used medicines. A major focus is on the use of basic AEDs R carbamazepine and valproates. Data on the promise for using depakine chronosphere in middle-aged and elderly patients are given.

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P. N. Vlasov
Moscow State Medical University of Dentistry
Russian Federation

O. V. Andreeva
Moscow State Medical University of Dentistry
Russian Federation


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Vlasov P.N., Andreeva O.V. THERAPY FOR EPILEPSY IN MIDDLE-AGED AND ELDERLY PATIENTS. Neurology, Neuropsychiatry, Psychosomatics. 2009;1(1):54-58. (In Russ.)

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