[Contraception for women taking antiepileptic drugs]

Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2016 Jan 12;136(1):32-4. doi: 10.4045/tidsskr.14.1559.
[Article in Norwegian]


Most women of fertile age want safe contraception. This is especially important for women with epilepsy, as some antiepileptic drugs may have harmful effects on the foetus. When hormonal contraception is combined with antiepileptic drugs, it is essential to be aware that certain antiepileptic drugs may reduce the efficacy of hormonal contraceptives and vice versa, which may result in a reduced effect for both drugs. Non-hormonal contraception, such as the copper coil and barrier methods may, however, be used safely in this patient group.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anticonvulsants / administration & dosage
  • Anticonvulsants / pharmacokinetics*
  • Anticonvulsants / therapeutic use
  • Contraceptives, Oral, Hormonal / administration & dosage
  • Contraceptives, Oral, Hormonal / pharmacokinetics*
  • Drug Interactions
  • Epilepsy / drug therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy


  • Anticonvulsants
  • Contraceptives, Oral, Hormonal