Archived AES Symposia 2004
Allied Health Symposium
Sex, Drugs and Epilepsy
Program Length: 2 hrs 9 min
Medication therapy is the cornerstone of epilepsy care, and while of substantial benefit to many people, antiepileptic medications are also associated with adverse effects. Managing medications, particularly deciding when to begin therapy, and whether to change or stop medications can be a difficult decision for both patients and families. The relative values placed on the risks of seizures versus adverse effects of medications differ among health care professionals, patients, and their families. This symposium will explore the effects of medications on sexuality. The nature and scope of this problem, potential mechanisms involved, assessment and management techniques, and communication between patient and health care provider will be discussed.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
- Describe types of sexual dysfunction seen as side effects of antiepileptic medications.
- Analyze choices in antiepileptic treatment from the patient’s perspective.
- Apply concepts of patient self-management in the clinical setting.
- Formulate a plan for effective communication with patients that promote self-management.
Physicians, social workers, pharmacists, and nurses.
Co-Chairs: Christine O’Dell RN MSN and Barry E. Gidal PharmD
- AEDs and Sexual Dysfunction: Potential Mechanisms, Barry E. Gidal PharmD,
- Assessment and Management of Sexual Dysfunction in Epilepsy, Mimi Callanan RN MSN and John J. Barry MD.
- Medication Side Effects: Strategies for Communication, Alan B.Ettinger MD
This program is supported by educational grants from GlaxoSmithKline and UCB Pharma, Inc.