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Trends in utilization of antiepileptic drugs in Denmark.

Objectives - To describe utilization of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in Denmark during 1993-2002, with special emphasis on oxcarbazepine, and to assess probable indications for AED use. Materials and methods - We retrieved prescription data from Odense University Pharmacoepidemiological Database, in Funen County, Denmark (population in 2002: 472,869). Within each calendar year we estimated period prevalence, incidence rate and monotherapy rate. Based on co-medication we defined 'epilepsy' when only AEDs were prescribed, 'pain' with co-prescription of opioids, and 'mood disorder' with co-prescription of antipsychotics or antidepressants. Results - We identified 15,604 AED users. The prevalence of using AED increased from 9.3 (95% CI, 9-9.5) to 12.1 (11.8-12.4)/1000 persons. The incidence rate increased from 1.4 (1.3-1.6) to 1.7 (1.6-1.9)/1000 personyears. The monotherapy rate was 79-82%. AED use for 'epilepsy' declined by 19.7%, whereas the proportion of 'pain' and 'mood disorder' treatment increased by 11.2% and 8.4% respectively. Conclusions - Antiepileptic drug utilization increased during the study period, the increase probably caused by expanding use in areas other than epilepsy.[1]


  1. Trends in utilization of antiepileptic drugs in Denmark. Tsiropoulos, I., Gichangi, A., Andersen, M., Bjerrum, L., Gaist, D., Hallas, J. Acta neurologica Scandinavica. (2006) [Pubmed]
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