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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324910/lacosamide-lowers-valproate-and-levetiracetam-levels
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Maria Tountopoulou, Bernhard Weschke, Angela M Kaindl
Lacosamide (LCM) due to no known drug interaction and the absence of metabolic enzyme induction is a good candidate for an add-on medication, especially in combination with lamotrigine, levetiracetam (LEV), oxcarbazepine, topiramate, and valproic acid (VPA). Here we report for the first time, to our knowledge, that LCM can lower VPA and LEV serum levels. At present, there are no known explicable mechanisms of action of LCM, which lowers VPA and LEV. Here observed drug interaction of LCM is of clinical significance, which might be useful for other colleagues in the field...
March 21, 2017: Neuropediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324261/prophylactic-anticonvulsants-in-intracerebral-hemorrhage
#2
Jason Mackey, Ashley D Blatsioris, Elizabeth A S Moser, Ravan J L Carter, Chandan Saha, Alec Stevenson, Abigail L Hulin, Darren P O'Neill, Aaron A Cohen-Gadol, Thomas J Leipzig, Linda S Williams
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Prophylactic anticonvulsants are routinely prescribed in the acute setting for intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) patients, but some studies have reported an association with worse outcomes. We sought to characterize the prevalence and predictors of prophylactic anticonvulsant administration after ICH as well as guideline adherence. We also sought to determine whether prophylactic anticonvulsants were independently associated with poor outcome. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of primary ICH in our two academic centers...
March 21, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320983/levetiracetam-and-topiramate-poisoning-two-overdoses-on-those-drugs-with-no-lasting-effects
#3
Moaziz Sarfaraz, Rana Hasan Syeda
Levetiracetam and topiramate are newer anticonvulsants, which is why international data on overdoses of these drugs are lacking. Only a few mild adverse reactions have been noted. These anticonvulsants have been the drug of choice for neurologists. Despite their wide usage, there is a dearth of literature on symptoms and signs of their toxicity. Presented here is the case of a 21-year-old female who overdosed twice on levetiracetam and topiramate. The woman was admitted and discharged after the first overdose...
March 19, 2017: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319750/unfavorable-effect-of-levetiracetam-on-cultured-hippocampal-neurons-after-hyperthermic-injury
#4
Krzysztof Sendrowski, Piotr Sobaniec, Elżbieta Poskrobko, Małgorzata Rusak, Wojciech Sobaniec
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to examine the viability of neurons and the putative neuroprotective effects of second-generation antiepileptic drug, levetiracetam (LEV), on cultured hippocampal neurons injured by hyperthermia. METHODS: Primary cultures of rat's hippocampal neurons at 7day in vitro (DIV) were incubated in the presence or absence of LEV in varied concentrations under hyperthermic conditions. Cultures were heated in a temperature of 40°C for 24h or in a temperature of 41°C for 6h...
January 24, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318531/national-survey-on-postoperative-care-and-treatment-circuits-in-neurosurgery
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R Valero, E Carrero, N Fàbregas, F Iturri, N Saiz-Sapena, L Valencia
INTRODUCTION: The analysis of surgical processes should be a standard of health systems. We describe the circuit of care and postoperative treatment for neurosurgical interventions in the centres of our country. MATERIAL AND METHODS: From June to October 2014, a survey dealing with perioperative treatments and postoperative circuits after neurosurgical procedures was sent to the chiefs of Anaesthesiology of 73 Spanish hospitals with neurosurgery and members of the Neuroscience Section of SEDAR...
March 16, 2017: Revista Española de Anestesiología y Reanimación
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317156/synthesis-and-anticonvulsant-properties-of-new-3-3-diphenyl-2-5-dioxo-pyrrolidin-1-yl-acetamides-and-3-3-diphenyl-propionamides
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Jolanta Obniska, Anna Rapacz, Sabina Rybka, Małgorzata Góra, Paweł Żmudzki, Krzysztof Kamiński
The focused library of new amides derived from 3,3-diphenyl-2,5-dioxo-pyrrolidin-1-yl-acetic acid (2a-t) and 3,3-diphenyl-propionic acid (3a-t) as potential anticonvulsant agents was synthesized. The final products were obtained in the amidation reaction of the given carboxylic acid (2, 3) with appropriate secondary amines in the presence of carbonyldiimidazole (CDI) as a coupling reagent. The initial anticonvulsant screening was performed in mice intraperitoneally (i.p.) using the "classical" maximal electroshock (MES) and subcutaneous pentylenetetrazole (scPTZ) seizure models, whereas the acute neurological toxicity was determined applying the rotarod test...
March 20, 2017: Archiv der Pharmazie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315958/brain-tumor-location-influences-the-onset-of-acute-psychiatric-adverse-events-of-levetiracetam-therapy-an-observational-study
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Vincenzo Belcastro, Laura Rosa Pisani, Silvio Bellocchi, Paolo Casiraghi, Gaetano Gorgone, Marco Mula, Francesco Pisani
To explore possible correlations among brain lesion location, development of psychiatric symptoms and the use of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in a population of patients with brain tumor and epilepsy. The medical records of 283 patients with various types of brain tumor (161 M/122 F, mean age 64.9 years) were analysed retrospectively. Patients with grade III and IV glioma, previous history of epileptic seizures and/or psychiatric disorders were excluded. Psychiatric symptoms occurring after initiation of AED therapy were considered as treatment emergent psychiatric adverse events (TE-PAEs) if they fulfilled the following conditions: (1) onset within 4 weeks after the beginning of AED therapy; (2) disappearance on drug discontinuation; (3) absence of any other identified possible concurrent cause...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315449/prophylactic-levetiracetam-for-seizure-control-after-cranioplasty-a-multicenter-prospective-controlled-study
#8
Shuli Liang, Ping Ding, Shaohui Zhang, Junchen Zhang, Jiwu Zhang, Yuping Wu
PURPOSE: To study the efficacy and safety of prophylactic levetiracetam (LEV) administration in adults undergoing cranioplasty. METHODS: Two hundred adults undergoing cranioplasty were prospectively enrolled and randomly divided into LEV group (prophylactic LEV for 24 weeks) and control group (no prophylactic anti-epileptic drugs). The patients' demographic and clinical characteristics, occurrence of postoperative seizure, changes in intelligence quotient (IQ), memory quotient (MQ), and activities of daily living (ADL) scores, as well as postoperative hospital stay side effects, were all analyzed at 2-, 24-, and 48-week follow-up visits...
March 14, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302251/levetiracetam-induced-increase-in-creatine-phosphokinase-levels
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Naila Shahbaz, Syed Muneeb Younus, Sohaib Ahmed Khan, Qurrat -Ul- Ain, Mudassir Ahmed Khan, Mohammad Hassan Memon
Levetiracetam is an antiepileptic drug used for the treatment of generalised or partial seizures, either alone or in a combination therapy. Adverse effects have been reported with its clinical use, including headache, dizziness, liver failure etc. A rare but an important adverse effect is an increase in creatine phosphokinase (CPK) levels with its use. Herein, we present a case of 43-year male, known intravenous (IV) drug abuser with a history of decompressive craniotomy. Patient presented with severe behavioural disorder for which risperidone was given...
March 2017: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294369/a-simple-and-cost-effective-hplc-uv-method-for-the-detection-of-levetiracetam-in-plasma-serum-of-patients-with-epilepsy
#10
REVIEW
Lynette Engelbrecht, C J Grobler, Malie Rheeders
A simple, fast and cost-effective method was developed and validated for the determination of levetiracetam (LEV) in plasma/serum of patients using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with ultra violet detection. The stability of LEV plasma/serum samples over time and in different blood collection tubes was evaluated. Serum/plasma samples were deproteinised by methanol spiked with the internal standard, gabapentin. HPLC was carried out on a Venusil XBP C18, 250 x 4.6 mm, 5 µm column, flow rate of 1...
March 10, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293110/efficacy-and-safety-of-oxcarbazepine-in-the-treatment-of-children-with-epilepsy-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Hua Geng, Chengzhong Wang
BACKGROUND: To assess the efficacy and safety of oxcarbazepine (OXC) in the treatment of children with epilepsy. METHODS: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) published in PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, Cochrane Library, Scopus, SinoMed (Chinese BioMedical Literature Service System, China), and Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure (China) database were systematically reviewed. Eligible studies were those that compared the efficacy and safety of OXC with other antiepileptic drugs in epilepsy...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293101/new-developments-in-the-management-of-partial-onset-epilepsy-role-of-brivaracetam
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REVIEW
Giangennaro Coppola, Giulia Iapadre, Francesca Felicia Operto, Alberto Verrotti
Currently, a number of novel anticonvulsant drugs, the so-called third generation, are in various stages of development. Several of them are already available or in ongoing clinical trials. These new compounds should take advantage of new insights into the basic pathophysiology of epileptogenesis, drug metabolism and drug interactions. Many of them still need to be further evaluated mainly in real-world observational trials and registries. Among newer anticonvulsant drugs for partial-onset seizures (POSs), rufinamide, lacosamide, eslicarbazepine and perampanel are those new treatment options for which more substantial clinical evidence is currently available, both in adults and, to some extent, in children...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289434/experience-and-pharmacokinetics-of-levetiracetam-in-korean-neonates-with-neonatal-seizures
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Jae Won Shin, Yun Seob Jung, Kyungsoo Park, Soon Min Lee, Ho Seon Eun, Min Soo Park, Kook In Park, Ran Namgung
PURPOSE: The aims of this study were to evaluate the safety and pharmacokinetics of levetiracetam (LEV) in neonates with seizures and to establish a population pharmacokinetics (PPK) model by using the software NONMEM. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of 18 neonatal patients with seizures, who were treated with LEV, including 151 serum samples, was performed. The mean loading dose was 20 mg/kg, followed by a mean maintenance dose of 29 mg/kg/day. RESULTS: Seventeen neonates (94%) had seizure cessation within 1 week and 16 (84%) remained seizure-free at 30 days under the LEV therapy...
February 2017: Korean Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288483/efficacy-of-treatments-for-infantile-spasms-a-systematic-review
#14
Ji Min Song, Jongsung Hahn, Se Hee Kim, Min Jung Chang
OBJECTIVES: West syndrome (also known as infantile spasm because of its main seizure type) is a rare form of epilepsy that begins during early infancy. Recent guidelines and reviews on West syndrome recommend the use of adrenocorticotropic hormone steroids, or vigabatrin, as the first-line treatment. However, West syndrome remains to be one of the most challenging epilepsies to treat. Here, we systematically reviewed the current literature obtained during the previous decade. This article provides an overview of the current treatment of infantile spasms...
March 2017: Clinical Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286626/periodic-lateralized-epileptiform-discharges-can-survive-anesthesia-and-result-in-asymmetric-drug-induced-burst-suppression
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Edward C Mader, Louis A Cannizzaro, Frank J Williams, Saurabh Lalan, Piotr W Olejniczak
Drug-induced burst suppression (DIBS) is bihemispheric and bisymmetric in adults and older children. However, asymmetric DIBS may occur if a pathological process is affecting one hemisphere only or both hemispheres disproportionately. The usual suspect is a destructive lesion; an irritative or epileptogenic lesion is usually not invoked to explain DIBS asymmetry. We report the case of a 66-year-old woman with new-onset seizures who was found to have a hemorrhagic cavernoma and periodic lateralized epileptiform discharges (PLEDs) in the right temporal region...
February 20, 2017: Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282553/challenges-in-the-treatment-of-convulsive-status-epilepticus
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REVIEW
Gaetano Zaccara, Gianfranco Giannasi, Roberto Oggioni, Eleonora Rosati, Luciana Tramacere, Pasquale Palumbo
Convulsive status epilepticus (CSE) is a medical emergency associated with high mortality and morbidity. The most recent definition of CSE is a convulsive seizure lasting more than 5min or consecutive seizures without recovery of consciousness. In adults, for the treatment of the early stages of CSE, diazepam, lorazepam or midazolam are the most common treatments, although the choice of agent seems less important than rapid treatment. Midazolam, when administered intramuscularly (best evidence), buccally, or nasally, is effective and safe in the pre-hospital setting...
February 28, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282542/the-effect-of-newer-antiepileptic-drugs-in-combination-therapy
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Jussi Mäkinen, Sirpa Rainesalo, Jani Raitanen, Jukka Peltola
PURPOSE: To assess the impact of the new AEDs on overall outcome for patients with epilepsy. METHODS: In 2004, the effect of combination therapy on seizure frequency in adult patients with focal epilepsy was evaluated in a cross-sectional study in our center. We repeated this analysis ten years and eight new antiepileptic drugs (AED) later. RESULTS: In 2014, a higher percentage of patients with polytherapy (117 out of 396; 30%) were seizure-free compared with the original analysis (22%) (p=0...
March 2, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281497/management-of-brain-tumor-related-epilepsy
#18
REVIEW
Neil V Klinger, Aashit K Shah, Sandeep Mittal
Seizures are common in both primary and metastatic brain tumors, although the rate of seizures differ significantly between the different types of neoplasms. Patients with brain tumor-associated seizures need treatment with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) to prevent recurrence, whereas strong clinical data exists to discourage routine prophylaxis in patients who have not had seizures. The newer AEDs, such as levetiracetam, lamotrigine, lacosamide, topiramate, or pregabalin, are preferable for various reasons, primarily related to the side-effect profile and limited interactions with other drugs...
2017: Neurology India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281491/status-epilepticus-refractory-and-super-refractory
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REVIEW
Deepanshu Dubey, Jayantee Kalita, Usha K Misra
Status epilepticus (SE) is an important neurological emergency. It is defined as seizures lasting for 5 minutes or more or recurrent seizures without recovery of consciousness to baseline between the attacks. Refractory SE (RSE) is defined as SE persisting despite sufficient dose of benzodiazepines and at least one antiepileptic drug (AED), irrespective of time. Super refractory SE (SRSE) is defined as SE that continues for 24 hours or more after the use of anesthetic therapy, including cases that recur on weaning of the anesthestic agent...
2017: Neurology India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280642/severe-preeclampsia-in-the-setting-of-myasthenia-gravis
#20
Adam J Lake, Antoun Al Khabbaz, Renée Keeney
Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a rare autoimmune disease that leads to progressive muscle weakness and is common during female reproductive years. The myasthenic mother and her newborn must be observed carefully, as complications during all stages of pregnancy and the puerperium may arise suddenly. Preeclampsia is a common obstetrical condition for which magnesium sulfate is used for seizure prophylaxis. However, magnesium sulfate is strongly contraindicated in MG as it impairs already slowed nerve-muscle connections...
2017: Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
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