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Adverse effects of AEDs 02

Topic: Pharmacology

Created on Saturday, December 8 2007 by jdmiles

Last modified on Saturday, December 8 2007.

Which of the following is a hallmark side effect of barbiturates?

 
        A) Peripheral neuropathy
 
        B) Hirsutism
 
        C) Thrombocytopenia
 
        D) Blindness
 
        E) Visual field defects
 

 


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A) peripheral neuropathy

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Side effects of barbiturates include Dupytren's contractures and peripheral neuropathy.  (See References)

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B) hirsutism

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Hirsutism is a hallmark side effect of phenytoin, but is less characteristic of barbiturates.  (See References)

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C) thrombocytopenia

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Thrombocytopenia is a hallmark side effect of valproate, but is less characteristic of barbiturates.  (See References)

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D) blindness

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Blindness is a hallmark side effect of vigabatrin, but is less characteristic of barbiturates.  (See References)

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E) visual field defects

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Visual field defects is a hallmark side effect of vigabatrin, but is less characteristic of barbiturates.  (See References)

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References:

1. Greenwood, R.S. (2000). "Adverse effects of antiepileptic drugs." Epilepsia, 41 Suppl 2 S42-52. (PMID:10885739)
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Adverse effects of AEDs 02
Question ID: 12080702
Question written by J. Douglas Miles, (C) 2006-2009, all rights reserved.
Created: 12/08/2007
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