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 Formulary Chapter 4: Central nervous system - Full Chapter
04.08.01  Expand sub section  Control of epilepsy
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Category

Antiepileptic drugs

MHRA Advice

1

phenytoin, carbamazepine, phenobarbital, primidone

For these drugs, doctors are advised to ensure that their patient is maintained on a specific manufacturer’s product

2

valproate, lamotrigine, perampanel, retigabine, rufinamide, clobazam, clonazepam, oxcarbazepine, eslicarbazepine, zonisamide, topiramate

For these drugs, the need for continued supply of a particular manufacturer’s product should be based on clinical judgement and consultation with patient and/or carer, taking into account factors such as seizure frequency and treatment history

3

levetiracetam, lacosamide, tiagabine, gabapentin, pregabalin, ethosuximide, vigabatrin  

For these drugs, it is usually unnecessary to ensure that patients are maintained on a specific manufacturer’s product unless there are specific reasons such as patient anxiety and risk of confusion or dosing errors

04.08.01  Expand sub section  Carbamazepine and Oxcarbazepine
04.08.01  Expand sub section  Ethosuximide
04.08.01  Expand sub section  Gabapentin and pregabalin
Controlled Drug Gabapentin
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Green

Gabapentin Capsule 100mg
Gabapentin Capsule 300mg
Gabapentin Capsule 400mg

CD As of the 1st April 2019 Gabapentin is re-classified as a Schedule 3 Controlled Drug

Restriction: Initiation and stabilisation by specialist
Unnecessary to maintain patient on specific manufacturer's products.

 
   
Controlled Drug Pregabalin
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Pregabalin Capsule 25mg
Pregabalin Capsule 50mg
Pregabalin Capsule 75mg
Pregabalin Capsule 100mg
Pregabalin Capsule 150mg
Pregabalin Capsule 200mg
Pregabalin Capsule 225mg
Pregabalin Capsule 300mg

Pregabalin Oral Solution 100mg/5ml S/F - for patients with swallowing difficulties ONLY
 
The Capsules are flat priced so dose optimise when increasing Daily Doses, e.g. 1x50mg twice a day is cheaper to prescribe than 2x25mg twice a day.

CDAs of the 1st April 2019 Pregabalin is re-classified as a Schedule 3 Controlled Drug

Restriction: Initiation and stabilisation by specialist
Unnecessary to maintain patient on specific manufacturer's products.

 
   
04.08.01  Expand sub section  Lamotrigine to top
04.08.01  Expand sub section  Levetiracetam
04.08.01  Expand sub section  Phenytoin
04.08.01  Expand sub section  Tiagabine
04.08.01  Expand sub section  Topiramate
04.08.01  Expand sub section  Valproate to top
04.08.01  Expand sub section  Vigabatrin
04.08.01  Expand sub section  Zonisamide
04.08.01  Expand sub section  Other Drugs
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Status Description

Red

Drugs which require special consideration. These are drugs for Consultant Prescribing ONLY. They should not be prescribed in Primary Care.  

Amber

Drugs that should be initiated by a Specialist but are suitable for continuation in Primary Care. For some drugs there may be a Ricad in place to aid the transition to primary care.  

Amber E

Drugs that should be initiated by a Specialist but are suitable for continuation in Primary Care but also require and ESCA (Shared Care Agreement)   

Green

Suitable first-line drugs for implementation in Primary Care  

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