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Study sheds light on link between antiepileptic drug use and suicidality

KEY POINT

A recent study of older adults exposed to antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) revealed that the risk for suicide-related behavior may be higher before AED exposure rather than afterwards.

SOURCES

Pugh M et al. Temporal trends in new exposure to antiepileptic drug monotherapy and suicide-related behavior. Neurology. 2013; 81:1900–06.

Harden C et al. Do antiepileptic drugs cause suicidal behavior [editorial]? Neurology. 2013; 81:1889–90.