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Overview of Systemic Pharmacotherapeutics of the Nervous System

By Linda Shell, DVM, DACVIM-Neurology, Professor, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

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Drugs used to modify or treat disorders of the nervous system fall into several categories: anticonvulsants or antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), tranquilizers, sedatives, analgesics, and psychotropic agents. Also see Principles of Therapy of Neurologic Disease, discussed in Analgesic Pharmacology, and Principles of Pharmacologic and Natural Treatment for Behavioral Problems.