Stopping antiepileptic drugs after epilepsy surgery: a survey of U.S. epilepsy center neurologists

Epilepsy Behav. 2007 Mar;10(2):219-22. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2006.12.001. Epub 2007 Jan 23.


One hundred fifty-one neurologists at U.S. epilepsy centers responded to a survey on stopping medications in patients following successful resective epilepsy surgery. Sixty-two percent said patients should be > or = 2 years seizure-free before stopping medication. Although respondents tended to agree about the importance of many of the queried factors (e.g., focal pathology in favor of and persistent auras against stopping antiepileptic drugs), it is unclear how well these factors determine seizure outcome in this setting.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Age of Onset
  • Anticonvulsants / therapeutic use*
  • Data Collection
  • Electroencephalography
  • Epilepsy / drug therapy*
  • Epilepsy / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Seizures / drug therapy
  • Seizures / physiopathology
  • Seizures / surgery
  • United States


  • Anticonvulsants