Managing Epilepsy in Pregnancy

In this presentation, Page B. Pennell, MD, discusses how to manage epilepsy in pregnancy with anti-seizure medicines and other treatment strategies.

Educational Objectives 

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify which anti-seizure medicines are associated with the lowest rates of major congenital malformations
  • Identify which anti-seizure medicines have been associated with lower verbal IQ and higher rates of autism 
  • Recall treatment strategies to keep women with epilepsy safe from seizure worsening during pregnancy and postpartum periods
  • Recognize which anti-seizure medicines do not have adequate reproductive safety data to provide evidence-based counseling to women with epilepsy.


No members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Pittsburgh designates enduring material activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit[s]™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

For your credit transcript, please access our website 4 weeks post-completion at and follow the link to the Credit Transcript page. If you do not provide the last 5 digits of your SSN on the next page you will not be able to access a CME credit transcript. Providing your SSN is voluntary.

Release Date: 3/17/2022 | Last Modified On: 4/8/2024 | Expires: 3/25/2025


March 17, 2022


March 25, 2025

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