Antiepileptic Drug Page List/Topic Index | Classifications of Antiepileptic Drugs

1.  Antiepileptic Drugs (AEDs) / Anticonvulsants to Treat Common Epilepsies

First up is our big list of anticonvulsants / antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) approved by the US FDA - including manyh trade names used overseas - to treat the most common forms epilepsy. Information on this table:

  • Brand/Trade Name: Every brand (AKA trade), branded generic (explained here) and generic name we can find.
    • Many drugs are no longer available under their brand name. Some overseas trade names are obsolete. In either case I’ve included those names here to assist anyone who knows only the now-obsolete brand/trade names.
    • Two of the valproates - valproic acid and sodium valproate - are often known by the same name in different countries. E.g. Convulex is sodium valproate in Germany, but valproic acid in Belgium, South Africa, and a bunch of other countries1.
  • Generic name/Active ingredient: In AEDs these are usually, but not always, the same thing. I can’t guarantee consistency in the entries.
  • FDA Approvals: Simplified to the level of Gabitril’s approval. See the page for each med for its complete2 approvals.
    • The approvals here are for epilepsy only. See the page on common uses of AEDs for information about other conditions.
    • Only the popular seizure types are listed here: generalized tonic and/or clonic, partial, and absence3. This page has videos made by the International League Against Epilepsy with explanations of seizure types, along with treatment options and other good information.
    • The FDA also approves how you use an AED with a type of seizure - as monotherapy (used by itself), with other AEDs (adjunctive), or both. I’ve abbreviated the first two as Mono and Add-on. Rarely is anything approved as monotherapy only, so it’s usually going to be Add-on or Both for each type of seizure.
    • These are US approvals only. See the page for each med, if there is one, for overseas approvals.

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Brand/Trade NameGeneric Name/Active IngredientFDA ApprovalsMono/Add-on/Both
Accenon ethotoinPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
AcetaZOLAMIDE4acetazolamideGeneralized seizuresAdd-on
AlepsalphenobarbitalPartial seizuresBoth
Aleviatinphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
AndralphenobarbitalPartial seizuresBoth
Antisacerphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
AntisacerphenytoinPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Apo-CarbamazepinecarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Apo-PrimidoneprimidonePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Atemperatorsodium valproatePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
AtrofenphenobarbitalPartial seizuresBoth
Barbilettae phenobarbitalPartial seizuresBoth
BarbiphenylphenobarbitalPartial seizuresBoth
Camapine carbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
carbamazepinecarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
CarbatolcarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
CarbatrolcarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
CarbazenecarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
CarbazepcarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
CarbazinacarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
CarmazcarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
CarpazcarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
CarzepincarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
CarzepinecarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
CelontinmethsuximideAbsence seizuresBoth
Cerebyxfosphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
ClostedalcarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Convulexsodium valproatePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
Convulexvalproic acidPartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
Cumatilphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
CyralprimidonePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Degranol carbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Depaconvalproate sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
Depakenevalproic acidPartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
Depakinsodium valproatePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
Depakinvalproic acidPartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
Depakinevalproic acidPartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
Depakine, Depakine Chrono & Depakine Druppelssodium valproatePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
Depakote, Depakote ER & Depakote Sprinklesdivalproex sodium or valproate semisodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Depalept & Depalept Chronosodium valproatePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
Di-HydanphenytoinPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Di-PhenphenytoinPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Difhydanphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
DifhydanphenytoinPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Dilantin Extended, Dilantin Kapseals, and Dilantin Injectionphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Dilantin, Dilantin-125 oral suspension and Dilantin InfatabsphenytoinPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
DineuringabapentinPartial seizuresAdd-on
Dintoinaphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
DintoinaphenytoinPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Diphantoine-Zphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Diphantoinephenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
DiphantoinephenytoinPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Ditoinphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Ditomedphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
divalproex sodiumdivalproex sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
DormitalphenobarbitalPartial seizuresBoth
Emeside ethosuximideAbsence seizuresBoth
Epaminphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
EpaminphenytoinPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Epanutinphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
EpanutinphenytoinPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Epilamsodium valproatePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
Epilan-Dphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Epilan-DphenytoinPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Epilantinphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Epileptinphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Epileptol & Epileptol CRcarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Epilexsodium valproatePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
Epilim & Epilim Chronosodium valproatePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
EpitolcarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
EpitomaxtopiramatePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Epivaldivalproex sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
Epivalsodium valproatePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
Eposal RetardcarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Eptoinphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Espa-lepsincarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
ethosuximideethosuximideAbsence seizuresBoth
ethotoinethotoinPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
EthymalethosuximideAbsence seizuresBoth
EtosuximidaethosuximideAbsence seizuresBoth
Felantin phenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
felbamatefelbamatePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
FelbamylfelbamatePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
FelbatolfelbamatePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
FenantoinphenytoinPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Fenatoin NMphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Fenemal NM PharmaphenobarbitalPartial seizuresBoth
FenemalphenobarbitalPartial seizuresBoth
Fenidantoin S 100phenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Fenitronphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
FenobarbitalphenobarbitalPartial seizuresBoth
Fenytoinphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
FenytoinphenytoinPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
fosphenytoinfosphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Foxalepsin & Foxalepsin RetardcarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
gabapentin gabapentinPartial seizuresAdd-on
GabatingabapentinPartial seizuresAdd-on
GabatriltiagabinePartial seizuresAdd-on
GabitriltiagabinePartial seizuresAdd-on
GantingabapentinPartial seizuresAdd-on
GardenalphenobarbitalPartial seizuresBoth
GardenalephenobarbitalPartial seizuresBoth
Hermolepsin carbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Hidanilphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Hydantinphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
HydantinphenytoinPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Hydantolphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
KaptingabapentinPartial seizuresAdd-on
KarbamazepincarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Keppra levetiracetamPartial & generalized seizuresAdd-on
Keppra-XRlevetiracetamPartial & generalized seizuresAdd-on
KodapancarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
KopodexlevetiracetamPartial & generalized seizuresAdd-on
lacosamide lacosamidePartial seizuresAdd-on
LamepillamotriginePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
LamictallamotriginePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
LamictinlamotriginePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
LamodexlamotriginePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
LamoginelamotriginePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
lamotriginelamotriginePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
LamotrixlamotriginePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
Lehydanphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
LehydanphenytoinPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Leptilansodium valproatePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
Leptilanvalproic acidPartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
LethylphenobarbitalPartial seizuresBoth
levetiracetamlevetiracetamPartial & generalized seizuresAdd-on
LexincarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
LinasenphenobarbitalPartial seizuresBoth
LiskantinprimidonePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
LuminalphenobarbitalPartial seizuresBoth
LuminalephenobarbitalPartial seizuresBoth
LuminaletasphenobarbitalPartial seizuresBoth
LuminalettenphenobarbitalPartial seizuresBoth
LuminalettesphenobarbitalPartial seizuresBoth
LuminalumphenobarbitalPartial seizuresBoth
LyricapregabalinPartial seizuresAdd-on
Mazetol carbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
MenobarbphenobarbitalPartial seizuresBoth
methsuximidemethsuximideAbsence seizuresBoth
MizodinprimidonePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
MutiganprimidonePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
MylepsinprimidonePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
MylepsinumprimidonePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
MysolinprimidonePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
MysolineprimidonePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Neugeron carbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
NeuriumlamotriginePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
NeurontingabapentinPartial seizuresAdd-on
NeurotolcarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Neurotop & Neurotop RetardcarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
NordotolcarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Nuctanephenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
NuctanephenytoinPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
NupentingabapentinPartial seizuresAdd-on
Orfil sodium valproatePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
Orfiril & Orfiril Retardsodium valproatePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
Orfirilvalproic acidPartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
oxcarbazepineoxcarbazepinePartial seizuresBoth
OxrateoxcarbazepinePartial seizuresBoth
Panitol carbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
PeganoneethotoinPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
PendinegabapentinPartial seizuresAdd-on
Petilinsodium valproatePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
PetimidethosuximideAbsence seizuresBoth
PetinimidethosuximideAbsence seizuresBoth
PetinutinmethsuximideAbsence seizuresBoth
PetnidanethosuximideAbsence seizuresBoth
Phenhydanphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
PhenhydanphenytoinPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Phenilepphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
PhenobalphenobarbitalPartial seizuresBoth
phenobarbitalphenobarbitalPartial seizuresBoth
PhenotalphenobarbitalPartial seizuresBoth
PhenytekphenytoinPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
phenytoinphenytoinPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Phenytoin KPphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
phenytoin sodiumphenytoinPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
pregabalinpregabalinPartial seizuresAdd-on
primidoneprimidonePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Prodilantinfosphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
PrysolineprimidonePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Pyoredolphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Resimatil primidonePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Sabril vigabatrinPartial seizuresAdd-on
SertanprimidonePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
SevenalphenobarbitalPartial seizuresBoth
SirtalcarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
sodium valproatesodium valproatePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
Stavzordelayed-release valproic acidPartialBoth
SuxilepethosuximideAbsence seizuresBoth
SuximalethosuximideAbsence seizuresBoth
SuxinutinethosuximideAbsence seizuresBoth
Taloxa felbamatePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
TardotolcarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
TavercarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
TegolcarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
TegretalcarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Tegretol, Tegretol CR, Tegretol XR, & Tegretol-ScarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
TelesmincarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
TemporalcarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
TemporolcarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
TerilcarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
tiagabinetiagabine HClPartial seizuresAdd-on
Timonil & Timonil RetardcarbamazepinePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
TimoxoxcarbazepinePartial seizuresBoth
TopamactopiramatePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
Topamax, Topamax Sprinkle, Topamax SpanulestopiramatePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
topiramatetopiramatePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
TridionetrimethadioneAbsence seizuresAdd-on
TrileptaloxcarbazepinePartial seizuresBoth
TrileptinoxcarbazepinePartial seizuresBoth
trimethadionetrimethadioneAbsence seizuresAdd-on
Uni-Feno phenobarbitalPartial seizuresBoth
Valcote divalproex sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
Valcotesodium valproatePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
Valeptolsodium valproatePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
Valoinsodium valproatePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
Valpakinesodium valproatePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
Valparinsodium valproatePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
Valporalsodium valproatePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
Valpraxsodium valproatePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
Valprosodium valproatePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
valproate sodiumvalproate sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
valproate semisodiumdivalproex sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
valproic acidvalproic acidPartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
Valprosidvalproic acidPartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
Valsupsodium valproatePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
Vasilconphenytoin sodiumPartial & generalized seizuresBoth
vigabatrinvigabatrinPartial seizuresAdd-on
VimpatlacosamidePartial seizuresAdd-on
Zarondan ethosuximideAbsence seizuresBoth
ZarontinethosuximideAbsence seizuresBoth
ZonegranzonisamidePartial seizuresAdd-on
zonisamidezonisamidePartial seizuresAdd-on
フェルバメート FerubametofelbamatePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
НейронтинgabapentinPartial seizuresAdd-on
라믹탈lamotriginePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
ЛамикталlamotriginePartial & generalized seizuresPartial - both, General - add-on
ТопамаксtopiramatePartial & generalized seizuresBoth
ゾニサミド EkuseguranzonisamidePartial seizuresAdd-on
エクセミド EkusemidozonisamidePartial seizuresAdd-on
トレリーフ TRERIEFzonisamidePartial seizuresAdd-on

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2.  AEDs Approved to Treat Other Types of Epilepsy

These drugs have very specific approvals5 for specific types of seizures. These are the either the first medications to try, or drugs with side effects so awful you’d never consider taking them, let alone expect them to have been approved by the FDA, if they weren’t your last chance of finding something that actually works. If a med is one or the other I’ve noted that, otherwise it’s as above, and Add-on or Monotherapy.

Brand/Trade NameGeneric Name/Active IngredientFDA ApprovalsLast Ditch / First Med?
CelontinmethsuximideAbsence seizuresLast Ditch
FelbatolfelbamateLennox-Gastaut SyndromeAdd-on & Monotherapy
KlonopinclonazepamLennox-Gastaut Syndrome
Absence seizures
Add-on & Monotherapy for LGS
Last Ditch for absence seizures
LamictallamotrigineLennox-Gastaut SyndromeAdd-on
SabrilvigabatrinRefractory complex partial seizures, Infantile Spasms (West Syndrome)Last Ditch
TopamaxtopiramateLennox-Gastaut SyndromeAdd-on
ZarontinethosuximideAbsence seizuresFirst Med

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3.  Non-FDA-Approved AEDs

Drugs approved outside of the US, but not by the US FDA, to treat epilepsy & seizure disorders.

  • phenacemide
  • pheneturide (also ethylphenacemide and acetylpheneturide)
  • potassium bromide - although it is still used in the US as a veterinarian medication
  • sulthiame
  • アセチルフェネトライド Asechirufenetoraido (acetylpheneturide)
  • フェナセミド Fenasemido (phenacemide)
  • クランポール Kuranporu (acetylpheneturide)


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1 I don't give a rat's ass about what everyone else says, there are differences between the three valproates. If there isn't, why the fuck did the drug companies bother to develop sodium valproate and Depakote (divalproex sodium)? Why is Depakote approved to treat bipolar disorder and migraines along with epilepsy while Depakene (valproic acid) is approved to treat only epilepsy? Not until they found a new way to slow the release of valproic acid in the form of Stavzor did it get approval to treat bipolar disorder and migraines.

2 And sometimes extremely specific approvals. Such as using Topamax or Lamictal by themselves.

3 I know, absence seizures are also generalized.

4 The branded generic AcetaZOLAMIDE has FDA approval to treat epilepsy. Brand Diamox and generic acetazolamide does not. Now do you understand why I keep using the term "crazy meds"? This is a perfect example of why I keep insisting that brand and generic medications are different, with one not necessarily being better than the other.

5 But still not as specific as monotherapy Topamax or Lamictal.


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