These drugs were originally developed for treating epilepsy — a group of related disorders often characterized as a tendency of seizures recurrency. Anticonvulsants, hence, the synonym is “antiepileptic” are a diverse group of pharmacological agents being used in the treatment of epileptic seizures, neuropathic pain and mood stabilizers prescribed to control seizures, and if necessary, surgery is often the rare choice if medications are ineffective. To boost their effects, they are often used with antidepressants. It’s important to consult with the doctor first before taking anticonvulsants to ensure that they won’t conflict with other medications and/or conditions. They might not work well with all types of nerve pain but it can help relieve or reduce the pain.
Some of the approved anticonvulsant drugs have been investigated to relieve pain and psychiatric disorders and some of these indications are approved. The use of anticonvulsants should be personalized to increase efficiency and to ensure safety by matching the right drug to the right patient.