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Antiepileptic drugs increase risk of falls, fractures


Patients taking antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) were more likely to have osteoporosis or a fracture of the spine, clavicle, or ankle than matched control patients, according to a recent study. The odds of a fracture increased with longer duration of AED treatment. The majority of study subjects were not aware of AED effects on bone mineral density or fracture risk.