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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160210/exceptional-response-to-brivaracetam-in-a-patient-with-refractory-idiopathic-generalized-epilepsy-and-absence-seizures
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Alberto Grande-Martín, David Sopelana-Garay, José Manuel Pardal-Fernández, Rosa María Sánchez-Honrubia, Álvaro Abelardo Sánchez-Larsen
Brivaracetam is currently indicated as adjunctive therapy for patients with focal-onset seizures with or without secondary generalization. However, it has been suggested that it could provide broad-spectrum efficacy given its similarity to levetiracetam and based on the results from preclinical studies and others of patients with generalized epilepsy. We present the case of a woman with refractory idiopathic generalized epilepsy and absence seizures with dramatic response to brivaracetam. Our report supports a consideration of treatment with this new antiepileptic drug on a case-by-case basis in patients with refractory generalized epilepsy, while we await further studies on this topic...
November 21, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159600/early-seizure-prophylaxis-in-traumatic-brain-injuries-revisited-a-prospective-observational-study
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Desmond Khor, Jinglan Wu, Quanqiu Hong, Elizabeth Benjamin, Shuiming Xiao, Kenji Inaba, Demetrios Demetriades
INTRODUCTION: Pharmacological prophylaxis for early seizures following traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a recommendation in the Brain Trauma Foundation Guidelines. However, several studies have challenged the efficacy and safety of this practice, resulting in varied practice across centers around the world. The purpose of the present study was to compare the incidence of early clinical seizures following TBI, between two large centers, a US Center that practises routine seizure prophylaxis and a Chinese Center that does not use seizure prophylaxis following TBI...
November 20, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153631/human-abuse-potential-of-brivaracetam-in-healthy-recreational-central-nervous-system-depressant-users
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Kerri A Schoedel, Armel Stockis, Edward M Sellers
BACKGROUND: Brivaracetam is a new antiepileptic drug indicated for adjunctive treatment of focal seizures in adults at a dose of 50-200mg/day taken in two equal doses. The objective of this study was to evaluate the abuse potential of brivaracetam compared with alprazolam (positive control), placebo, and levetiracetam. METHODS: This was a randomized, double-blind, triple-dummy, crossover study in healthy male and female recreational central nervous system (CNS) depressant users aged 18-55years, who could distinguish between the subjective effects of alprazolam 2mg and placebo...
November 15, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151513/a-favorable-response-to-levetiracetam-in-a-patient-with-metastatic-adenoid-cystic-carcinoma
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Shinya Sakata, Sho Saeki, Yasuhiro Terasaki, Yoshihiro Natori, Kazuhiko Fujii
Adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) is a rare cancer, and there are no standard-of-care treatments for patients with metastatic ACC. We herein report a patient with lung metastasis of ACC who achieved a favorable response to levetiracetam. A 52-year-old Japanese man was admitted to our hospital because of multiple lung metastases of ACC. We performed first-line chemotherapy with cisplatin plus gemcitabine, and subsequently oral S-1 as second-line chemotherapy, which resulted in disease progression. The patient developed symptomatic epilepsy and received levetiracetam (250 mg twice daily)...
November 20, 2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149735/carbamazepine-lamotrigine-levetiracetam-and-valproic-acid-in-dried-blood-spots-with-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-method-development-and-validation
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Camilla Linder, Anna Hansson, Sara Sadek, Lars L Gustafsson, Anton Pohanka
Monitoring of antiepileptic drugs in children with epilepsy require multiple visits at a clinic for blood collection. Dried blood spot sampling is an alternative way of collection, performed at home by self-collection and can save time and costs for patients and family members. The aim was to develop and validate an LC-MS/MS dried blood spot method for carbamazepine, lamotrigine, levetiracetam and valproic acid with the requirements of using standard equipment and material in a routine laboratory setting. Whatman-903 filter paper was utilized, and discs were punched into a 96 well plate with an automated puncher and barcode reading...
November 4, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124680/the-antiepileptic-drug-levetiracetam-protects-against-quinolinic-acid-induced-toxicity-in-the-rat-striatum
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Maricela Dircio-Bautista, Ana Laura Colín-González, Gabriela Aguilera, Marisol Maya-López, Juana Villeda-Hernández, Sonia Galván-Arzate, Esperanza García, Isaac Túnez, Abel Santamaría
Levetiracetam (LVT) is a relatively novel antiepileptic drug (AED) known to act through binding with the synaptic vesicular 2A (SV2A) protein, thus modulating the presynaptic neurotransmitter release. The tryptophan metabolite quinolinic acid (QUIN) acts as an excitotoxin when its brain concentrations reach toxic levels under pathological conditions. Since increased neuronal excitability induced by QUIN recruits degenerative events in the brain, and novel AED is also expected to exert neuroprotective effects in their pharmacological profiles, in this work the effect of LVT (54 mg/kg, i...
November 9, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124439/lennox-gastaut-syndrome-a-comprehensive-review
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Ali A Asadi-Pooya
Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is considered an epileptic encephalopathy and is defined by a triad of multiple drug-resistant seizure types, a specific EEG pattern showing bursts of slow spike-wave complexes or generalized paroxysmal fast activity, and intellectual disability. The prevalence of LGS is estimated between 1 and 2% of all patients with epilepsy. The etiology of LGS is often divided into two groups: identifiable (genetic-structural-metabolic) in 65 to 75% of the patients and LGS of unknown cause in others...
November 9, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114943/pharmacokinetics-of-single-oral-dose-extended-release-levetiracetam-in-healthy-cats
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L Barnard, H Barnes Heller, D M Boothe
BACKGROUND: Repeated PO dosing of anti-epileptic drugs may contribute to poor compliance in treated cats. Intermediate-release levetiracetam has been used safely in cats, but must be given q8h to maintain serum concentrations in the therapeutic interval for humans (5-45 μg/mL). Approved extended-release levetiracetam (XRL) for human use may require less frequent dosing, but the large dosing unit has limited its use in cats. HYPOTHESES: In healthy cats, serum levetiracetam concentration will remain above 5 μg/mL for at least 24 hours after administration of a single dose of XRL PO and will be well tolerated...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114859/antiepileptic-drug-behavioral-side-effects-and-baseline-hyperactivity-in-children-and-adolescents-with-new-onset-epilepsy
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Shanna M Guilfoyle, Katherine Follansbee-Junger, Aimee W Smith, Angela Combs, Shannon Ollier, Brooke Hater, Avani C Modi
OBJECTIVE: To examine baseline psychological functioning and antiepileptic drug (AED) behavioral side effects in new onset epilepsy and determine, by age, whether baseline psychological functioning predicts AED behavioral side effects 1 month following AED initiation. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was conducted between July 2011 and December 2014 that included youths with new onset epilepsy. As part of routine interdisciplinary care, caregivers completed the Behavior Assessment System for Children, 2nd Edition: Parent Rating Scale to report on baseline psychological functioning at the diagnostic visit and the Pediatric Epilepsy Side Effects Questionnaire to identify AED behavioral side effects at the 1-month follow-up clinic visit following AED initiation...
November 8, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114815/maternal-use-of-antiepileptic-agents-during-pregnancy-and-major-congenital-malformations-in-children
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Rebecca L Bromley, Jennifer Weston, Anthony G Marson
Clinical Question: Is maternal use of antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy associated with major congenital malformations in children? Bottom Line: Certain antiepileptic drugs were associated with increased rates of congenital malformations (eg, spina bifida, cardiac anomalies). Lamotrigine (2.31% in 4195 pregnancies) and levetiracetam (1.77% in 817 pregnancies) were associated with the lowest risk and valproate was associated with the highest risk (10.93% in 2565 pregnancies) compared with the offspring of women without epilepsy (2...
November 7, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104528/the-effect-of-lamotrigine-and-levetiracetam-on-tms-evoked-eeg-responses-depends-on-stimulation-intensity
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Isabella Premoli, Alyssa Costantini, Davide Rivolta, Andrea Biondi, Mark P Richardson
The combination of transcranial magnetic stimulation and electroencephalography (TMS-EEG) has uncovered underlying mechanisms of two anti-epileptic medications: levetiracetam and lamotrigine. Despite their different mechanism of action, both drugs modulated TMS-evoked EEG potentials (TEPs) in a similar way. Since both medications increase resting motor threshold (RMT), the current aim was to examine the similarities and differences in post-drug TEPs, depending on whether stimulation intensity was adjusted to take account of post-drug RMT increase...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097018/antiepileptic-drugs-and-liver-disease
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REVIEW
Jorge Vidaurre, Satya Gedela, Shannon Yarosz
Acute, symptomatic seizures or epilepsy may complicate the course of hepatic disease. Choosing the most appropriate antiepileptic drug in this setting represents a difficult challenge, as most medications are metabolized by the liver. This article focuses on the acute and chronic treatment of seizures in patients with advanced liver disease and reviews the hepatotoxic potential of specific antiepileptic drugs. Newer antiepileptic drugs without, or with minimal, hepatic metabolism, such as levetiracetam, lacosamide, topiramate, gabapentin, and pregabalin should be used as first-line therapy...
September 22, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095340/prescribing-errors-with-levetiracetam-oral-solution
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Ann Shastay
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2017: Home Healthcare Now
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093341/effects-of-the-antiepileptic-drugs-phenytoin-gabapentin-and-levetiracetam-on-bone-strength-bone-mass-and-bone-turnover-in-rats
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Junkichi Kanda, Nobuo Izumo, Yoshiko Kobayashi, Kenji Onodera, Taketoshi Shimakura, Noriaki Yamamoto, Hideaki E Takahashi, Hiroyuki Wakabayashi
Long-term treatment with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) is accompanied by reduced bone mass that is associated with an increased risk of bone fractures. Although phenytoin has been reported to adversely influence bone metabolism, little is known pertaining to more recent AEDs. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of gabapentin or levetiracetam on bone strength, bone mass, and bone turnover in rats. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were orally administered phenytoin (20 mg/kg), gabapentin (30 or 150 mg/kg), or levetiracetam (50 or 200 mg/kg) daily for 12 weeks...
2017: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076421/seizures-and-anticonvulsants-in-brain-tumours-frequency-mechanisms-and-anti-epileptic-management
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Charles Vecht, Louis Royer-Perron, Caroline Houillier, Gilles Huberfeld
In cancer, epilepsy can be the manifestation of a primary brain tumour, metastatic disease, vascular or surgical complications, opportunistic infection or secondary to anti-tumour therapy. Seizures are frequently the first symptom of a brain tumour. The epilepsy is related to elevated extracellular glutamate stimulating NMDA- and AMPA-receptors and to the formation of D-2HG which resembles glutamate in IDH1 mutated gliomas. Epilepsy as presenting sign is associated with a longer survival in low- and high- grade gliomas, particularly with the IDH1 mutation...
October 27, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29073578/long-term-retention-rates-for-antiepileptic-drugs-a-review-of-long-term-extension-studies-and-comparison-with-brivaracetam
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REVIEW
Manuel Toledo, Rebecca Beale, Jennifer S Evans, Sara Steeves, Sami Elmoufti, Rebecca Townsend, John Whitesides, Simon Borghs
Antiepileptic drug (AED) retention rates are frequently reported in the literature and used to inform clinical decision-making, but methodological differences in the determination of retention rates make comparisons between trials difficult. Open-label extension (OLE) studies of AEDs in patients with focal epilepsy were identified from the literature. Retention calculation methods were reviewed, and published AED retention rates qualitatively compared with corresponding data for brivaracetam (BRV), a synaptic vesicle protein 2A ligand...
October 10, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071470/the-challenge-of-pharmacotherapy-in-children-and-adolescents-with-epilepsy-adhd-comorbidity
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REVIEW
Alberto Verrotti, Romina Moavero, Gianvito Panzarino, Claudia Di Paolantonio, Renata Rizzo, Paolo Curatolo
Epilepsy is common in children and adolescents where its prevalence is 3.2-5.5/1000. About one-third of patients also have attention deficit hyperactivity/impulsivity disorder (ADHD). The possible relationship between epilepsy and ADHD is still unclear, and ADHD symptoms (such as inattention, hyperactivity, behavioral disturbances) are frequently considered as adverse effects of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). The literature was searched for data on the behavioral effects of AEDs. Phenobarbital is the most frequently reported medication to induce symptoms of ADHD, followed by topiramate and valproic acid...
October 25, 2017: Clinical Drug Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049053/treatment-options-for-posttraumatic-epilepsy
#18
Lara L Zimmermann, Ryan M Martin, Fady Girgis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Posttraumatic seizures (PTS) and posttraumatic epilepsy (PTE) are common and debilitating consequences of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Early PTS result in secondary brain injury by raising intracranial pressure and worsening cerebral edema and metabolic crisis. PTE is a localization-related epilepsy strongly associated with TBI severity, but risk factors for PTE and epileptogenesis are incompletely understood and are active areas of research. Medical management of PTS in adults and children is reviewed...
December 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043488/hair-analysis-does-not-allow-to-discriminate-between-acute-and-chronic-administrations-of-a-drug-in-young-children
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Jean Claude Alvarez, Laetitia Lasne, Isabelle Etting, Gérard Chéron, Véronique Abadie, Nicolas Fabresse, Islam Amine Larabi
There are many differences between the hair from children and that of adult subjects, the hair being thinner, more porous with a different growth rate from the usual 1 cm/month observed in adults. In order to determine whether hair analysis could discriminate between chronic use and acute administration of a drug in children like in adults, we analyzed hair from 18 children aged between 1 day and 15 years in whom the administration of different drugs was known (single therapeutic administration or acute intoxication)...
October 18, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037936/super-refractory-nonconvulsive-status-epilepticus-due-to-self-poisoning-with-metaldehyde
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José L Fernández-Torre, Alicia Paramio-Paz, Juan Carlos Rodríguez-Borregán, Pedro Orizaola, Pilar Bosque-Varela, Miguel A Hernández-Hernández
INTRODUCTION: Metaldehyde self-poisoning in adults is uncommon and, to the best of our knowledge, an episode of super-refractory nonconvulsive status epilepticus (sr-NCSE) following an suicide attempt has not been previously demonstrated. CASE REPORT: A 68-year-old woman was admitted to our Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in coma. On neurologic examination, the pupils were reactive, brainstem reflexes were present and plantar responses were flexor bilaterally. Routine laboratory tests were unremarkable...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
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