Journal of Pediatric Epilepsy 2016; 05(04): 159-167
DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1584915
Review Article
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

The History of Development of Pharmacologic and NonPharmacologic Treatment of Pediatric Epilepsy

Mitra Habibi
1   Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, United States
,
Saba Ahmad
2   Department of Pediatrics, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, United States
,
Claudine Sinsioco
2   Department of Pediatrics, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Publication History

14 December 2015

15 January 2016

Publication Date:
29 June 2016 (online)

Abstract

Epilepsy is a common childhood neurological disorder in the United States. Current strategies for treatment of epilepsy in this population include trials with different antiepileptic drugs, vagal nerve stimulator, and ketogenic diet. Development of both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments in children should take into account their specific pharmacokinetic requirements as well as other ethical and practical challenges that exist for this population. As a result, in many instances detailed information on historical developments of these treatments in children is incomplete or lacking.