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Safety in Lactation: Drugs for bipolar disorder and hypomania

21 October 2020Additional information relating to breastfeeding To be used in conjunction with individual drug entries for specific information and guidance. Whilst valproate (valproic acid/sodium valproate) is…

Suggestions for Therapeutic Drug Monitoring in Adults in Primary Care

29 September 2020This document is intended to support local discussions on how to monitor commonly prescribed high risk medicines in primary care.    The monitoring parameters cited…

The Use of Generic Anti Epileptics Drugs in Patients with Epilepsy

28 September 2020Consensus views of the Pharmaceutical Market Support Group and the UK Clinical Pharmacists Association: Neurosciences Group on the safety and appropriateness of switching between brand…

Safety in Lactation: Control of epilepsy

21 September 2020Choice will depend on clinical condition, and should primarily be based on suitability for the patient, rather than safety during breastfeeding. Whilst sodium valproate  is…

Switching between liquid and tablet/capsule formulations – Which medicines require extra care?

17 July 2020For a small number of medicines, there are differences in equivalent doses of oral formulations of the same medicine. This Q&A considers which medicines may…

What is serotonin syndrome and which medicines cause it?

22 May 2020This Medicines Q&A outlines the causes and symptoms of serotonin syndrome and provides examples of medicines with the potential to cause serotonin syndrome.  

Why is there a limit on the dose and duration of use for carbamazepine suppositories?

2 March 2020This Medicines Q&A addresses why there is a limit on the dose and duration of use for carbamazepine suppositories. Summary The maximum recommended daily dose…

What is a suitable combined oral contraceptive pill in a patient who is taking hepatic enzyme-inducing drugs, such as carbamazepine, phenytoin, rifampicin or rifabutin?

16 May 2019This updated Medicines Q&A provides advice on a suitable oral contraceptive that can be used in a woman using an enzyme-inducing anti-epileptic or anti-tubercle drug.…

Shortage of Carbagen (carbamazepine) tablets

24 January 2019The 200 and 400mg immediate release (IR) and 200 and 400 mg prolonged release (PR) tablets (the 100mg IR tablets are no longer marketed) are…

How should medicines be dosed in children who are obese?

18 October 2018Obesity results in physiological changes that can affect the volume of distribution and the clearance of drugs. The extent of these changes is variable and…