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Should blood levels of anticonvulsants be monitored?

John Preston, PsyD
Psychology
Blood levels of anticonvulsants Depakote and Tegretol must be periodically monitored (especially during the initial weeks of treatment) to check the levels of medication present in blood. Those treated with Tegretol must have periodic and ongoing monitoring of Tegretol levels. Generally, once a person is stabilized on Depakote, blood level monitoring is not necessary.

The optimal blood level for Trileptal has not been established, and it's not necessary to monitor blood levels of Lamictal.
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