In the past years, the extended-release antiepileptic drug formulations have been developed and then approved for the treatment of many types of epilepsy. Among these extended-release formulations of antiepileptic drugs, the main drugs are valproic acid, carbamazepine, and phenytoin. This review analyzes the chemical and structural characteristics of the extended-release formulations of these 3 antiepileptic drugs, analyzing their bioequivalence and the studies about their clinical use. The results of these studies are encouraging and suggest a good tolerability and efficacy of these extended-release formulations, although larger studies are needed. © 2007 Sage Publications.
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