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What are Anticonvulsants

Anticonvulsants are medicines that reduce the severity and frequency of seizures. They are typically used in people with epilepsy or at high risk of having another seizure; however, they may be used to treat other conditions such as bipolar disorder, anxiety, nerve pain, and migraine.

There are many different types of anticonvulsants. Some anticonvulsants are thought to work by reducing electrical firing in the brain through an action on specific neurotransmitters, for example GABA, or receptors, such as glutamate. Others may modulate voltage-gated sodium or calcium channels.