Elderly Patients

The incidence of epilepsy is highest in patients >75 years, with a point prevalence of 1.5%, and as the population ages doctors will treat increasing numbers of older patients with epilepsy. Treatment of epilepsy in older patients is complicated by alterations in pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, metabolic derangements, presence of multiple co-morbid diseases, polypharmacy and psychosocial factors.