Compare and contrast the pharmacology of valproic acid and carbamazepine

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College Answer

Both these agents are listed as “level B” in the syllabus pharmacopeia and as such a general 
understanding of each class and relevant pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics was 
expected. Most candidates had better knowledge of valproate than carbamazepine. Some 
description of the toxicological features for intensive care practitioners was expected.