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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655236/harmonised-reference-ranges-for-antiepileptic-drugs
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Arne Reimers, Jon Andsnes Berg, Margrete Larsen Burns, Cecilie Johannessen Landmark
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June 26, 2017: Tidsskrift for Den Norske Lægeforening: Tidsskrift for Praktisk Medicin, Ny Række
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654954/bioequivalence-between-generic-and-branded-lamotrigine-in-people-with-epilepsy-the-equigen-randomized-clinical-trial
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Michel Berg, Timothy E Welty, Barry E Gidal, Francisco J Diaz, Ron Krebill, Jerzy P Szaflarski, Barbara A Dworetzky, John R Pollard, Edmund J Elder, Wenlei Jiang, Xiaohui Jiang, Regina D Switzer, Michael D Privitera
Importance: Switching between generic antiepileptic drugs is a highly debated issue that affects both clinical care and overall health care costs. Objective: To evaluate the single-dose pharmacokinetic bioequivalence of 3 (1 branded and 2 generic drugs) on-market, immediate-release lamotrigine drug products. Design, Setting, and Participants: The Equivalence Among Antiepileptic Drug Generic and Brand Products in People With Epilepsy (EQUIGEN) single-dose study is a crossover, prospective, sequence-randomized, replicate pharmacokinetic study conducted at 5 US academic epilepsy centers...
June 26, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654799/neurobehavioral-consequences-of-continuous-spike-and-waves-during-slow-sleep-csws-in-a-pediatric-population-a-pattern-of-developmental-hindrance
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Valentina De Giorgis, Melissa Filippini, Joyce Ann Macasaet, Silvia Masnada, Pierangelo Veggiotti
INTRODUCTION: Continuous spike and waves during slow sleep (CSWS) is a typical EEG pattern defined as diffuse, bilateral and recently also unilateral or focal localization spike-wave occurring in slow sleep or non-rapid eye movement sleep. Literature results so far point out a progressive deterioration and decline of intellectual functioning in CSWS patients, i.e. a loss of previously normally acquired skills, as well as persistent neurobehavioral disorders, beyond seizure and EEG control...
June 24, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653352/individualised-dosing-algorithms-and-therapeutic-monitoring-for-antiepileptic-drugs
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Sven C van Dijkman, Sebastian G Wicha, Meindert Danhof, Oscar E Della Pasqua
Pharmacokinetic (PK) models exist for most antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Yet, their use in clinical practice to assess inter-individual differences and derive individualised doses has been limited. Here we show how model-based dosing algorithms can be used to ensure attainment of target exposure and improve treatment response in patients. Using simulations, different treatment scenarios were explored for 11 commonly used AEDs. For each drug, five scenarios were considered: i. all patients receive the same dose...
June 27, 2017: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652224/focal-epilepsy-with-paroxysmal-pain-due-to-somatic-injury
#5
Tao Yu, Chang Liu, Guojun Zhang, Liang Qiao, Duanyu Ni, Yuping Wang, Yongjie Li
We present two cases with paroxysmal pain that developed after a somatic injury to the trunk. The main characteristic of the episodes was paroxysmal severe pain, mainly located in the original region of somatic injury, with ipsilateral tonic or dystonic behaviour. The clinical characteristics supported a diagnosis of focal epilepsy. Both scalp EEG and MEG findings suggested epileptic activities on the contralateral central cortex. The focal seizures had a good response to antiepileptic drugs. It is hypothesized that peripheral somatic injuries can modify cortical excitability and lead to plastic changes in the sensory/motor cortex, ultimately resulting in focal seizures...
June 24, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648971/persistence-with-antiepileptic-drugs-in-epilepsy-patients-treated-in-neurological-practices-in-germany
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Louis Jacob, Hajo M Hamer, Karel Kostev
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to analyze the persistence with antiepileptic drugs (AED) and associated factors in patients followed in neurological practices in Germany. METHODS: This study included patients aged 18years or over who received two initial diagnoses of epilepsy and a first prescription of AED between 2007 and 2015 in a neurological practice (index date). The main outcome measure was the rate of AED persistence within five years of the index date...
June 22, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646257/effect-of-epilepsy-in-pregnancy-on-fetal-growth-restriction-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Daijuan Chen, Lisha Hou, Xia Duan, Hongling Peng, Bing Peng
PURPOSE: Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases during pregnancy. However, the influence of epilepsy on fetal growth is not understood. Thus, this study conducted a meta-analysis to determine the influence of epilepsy during pregnancy on fetal growth restriction (FGR). METHODS: BIOSIS, Medline, Embase, and PubMed databases were searched between January 2000 and January 2016. Without imposing language or regional restrictions, referenced articles were selected...
June 23, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646254/cytoprotective-effects-of-diallyl-trisulfide-against-valproate-induced-hepatotoxicity-new-anticonvulsant-strategy
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Ahmed A Shaaban, Dina S El-Agamy
Sodium valproate (VP) is an important antiepileptic drug, although it can produce deleterious hepatotoxic reactions. Diallyl trisulfide (DATS) is the principle component of garlic oil that possesses antioxidant properties. This study explored the potential hepatoprotective activity of DATS against VP-induced hepatic damage and its underlying mechanisms. In addition, the study assessed the effect of DATS on VP antiepileptic activity. Rats were given DATS once daily at two different doses along with VP for 2 weeks...
June 23, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644911/interictal-oscillations-and-focal-epileptic-disorders
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Maxime Lévesque, Pariya Salami, Zahra Shiri, Massimo Avoli
Neuronal network oscillations represent a main feature of the brain activity recorded in the EEG under normal and pathological conditions such as epilepsy. Specific oscillations occur between seizures in patients and in animal models of focal epilepsy, and thus they are termed interictal. According to their shape and intrinsic signal frequency, interictal oscillations are classified as spikes and high frequency oscillations (HFOs). Interictal spikes are recorded in the "wideband" EEG signal and consist of large-amplitude events that usually last less than 1 s; HFOs, in contrast, are extracted by amplifying the appropriately filtered EEG signal, and are usually categorized as ripples (80-200 Hz) and fast ripples (250-500 Hz)...
June 23, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644064/frequent-vomiting-attacks-in-a-patient-with-lhermitte-duclos-disease-a-rare-pathophysiology-of-cerebellar-lesions
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Chika Somagawa, Tomonori Ono, Ryoko Honda, Hiroshi Baba, Takeshi Hiu, Ryujiro Ushijima, Keisuke Toda, Kei Sato, Masahiro Ito, Keisuke Tsutsumi
Lhermitte-Duclos disease (LDD) is a neurological disease caused by a hamartomatous lesion in the cerebellum. Clinically, LDD is commonly associated with progressive space-occupying lesion effects in the posterior fossa, increasing intracranial pressure, occlusive hydrocephalus, and focal neurological deficits of adjacent structures. The authors report the case of a 10-year-old boy with LDD who had been suffering from vomiting attacks (VAs). These VAs had been brief in duration but extremely frequent, and they had been resistant to antiemetic drugs since the early postnatal period...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643994/the-impact-of-valproic-acid-treatment-on-weight-gain-in-pediatric-patients-with-epilepsy
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Pietro Ferrara, Antonio Gatto, Valeria Blasi, Federica DI Ruscio, Domenica Battaglia
BACKGROUND: Valproic acid (VPA) is an antiepileptic drug, used for focal and generalized seizure. VPA treatment resulted in significant weight gain but there are no systematic data about the prevalence of this side effect. The aim of the study is to evaluate the weight gain of a paediatric population with epilepsy. METHODS: We enrolled 38 patients, 17 female and 21 male with a mean age of 8.2±4.4 years. We evaluated data about height, weight and BMI at beginning of treatment and at 24, 36 and 48 months of follow-up...
June 22, 2017: Minerva Pediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641963/modulation-of-the-heart-s-electrical-properties-by-the-anticonvulsant-drug-retigabine
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Lena Rubi, Michael Kovar, Eva Zebedin-Brandl, Xaver Koenig, Manuel Dominguez-Rodriguez, Hannes Todt, Helmut Kubista, Stefan Boehm, Karlheinz Hilber
Retigabine, currently used as antiepileptic drug, has a wide range of potential medical uses. Administration of the drug in patients can lead to QT interval prolongation in the electrocardiogram and to cardiac arrhythmias in rare cases. This suggests that the drug may perturb the electrical properties of the heart, and the underlying mechanisms were investigated here. Effects of retigabine on currents through human cardiac ion channels, heterologously expressed in tsA-201 cells, were studied in whole-cell patch-clamp experiments...
June 20, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641219/comparison-of-brand-versus-generic-antiepileptic-drug-adverse-event-reporting-rates-in-the-u-s-food-and-drug-administration-adverse-event-reporting-system-faers
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Md Motiur Rahman, Yasser Alatawi, Ning Cheng, Jingjing Qian, Annya V Plotkina, Peggy L Peissig, Richard L Berg, David Page, Richard A Hansen
OBJECTIVE: Despite the cost saving role of generic anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs), debate exists as to whether generic substitution of branded AEDs may lead to therapeutic failure and increased toxicity. This study compared adverse event (AE) reporting rates for brand vs. authorized generic (AG) vs. generic AEDs. Since AGs are pharmaceutically identical to brand but perceived as generics, the generic vs. AG comparison minimized potential bias against generics. METHODS: Events reported to the U...
June 13, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641176/epilepsy-and-pregnancy-for-healthy-pregnancies-and-happy-outcomes-john-paul-leach-on-behalf-of-the-multispecialty-uk-epilepsy-mortality-group
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REVIEW
J P Leach, P E Smith, J Craig, M Bagary, D Cavanagh, S Duncan, A R C Kelso, A G Marson, D McCorry, L Nashef, C Nelson-Piercy, R Northridge, K Sieradzan, S Thangaratinam, M Walker, J Winterbottom, M Reuber
Between 2009 and 2012 there were 26 epilepsy-related deaths in the UK of women who were pregnant or in the first post-partum year. The number of pregnancy-related deaths in women with epilepsy (WWE) has been increasing. Expert assessment suggests that most epilepsy-related deaths in pregnancy were preventable and attributable to poor seizure control. While prevention of seizures during pregnancy is important, a balance must be struck between seizure control and the teratogenic potential of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs)...
June 1, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641169/association-between-switching-antiepileptic-drug-products-and-healthcare-utilization-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Patrick Kwan, André Palmini
AIMS: There is ongoing concern whether switching between different antiepileptic drug (AED) products may compromise patient care. We systematically reviewed changes in healthcare utilization following AED switch. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE and EMBASE databases (1980-October 2016) for studies that assessed the effect of AED switching in patients with epilepsy on outpatient visits, emergency room visits, hospitalization and hospital stay duration. RESULTS: A total of 14 articles met the inclusion criteria...
June 19, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640970/prevalence-of-new-psychoactive-substances-and-prescription-drugs-in-the-belgian-driving-under-the-influence-of-drugs-population
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S M R Wille, C Richeval, M Nachon-Phanithavong, J M Gaulier, V Di Fazio, L Humbert, N Samyn, D Allorge
Driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) is a worldwide problem. Several countries adopted DUID legislations which prove their deterrent effect and impact on road safety. However, use of new psychoactive substances (NPS) and prescription drugs is not known as the applied roadside screening tests are not yet adapted for these compounds. In this study, 558 blood samples obtained during roadside controls in Belgium (January to August 2015) after a positive Drugwipe 5S® test and 199 oral fluid (OF) samples obtained from negatively screened test pads were analyzed...
June 22, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638313/real-life-pharmaceutical-treatment-patterns-for-adult-patients-with-focal-epilepsy-in-germany-a-longitudinal-and-cross-sectional-analysis-of-recently-approved-anti-epileptic-drugs
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Antje Groth, Thomas Wilke, Simon Borghs, Patrick Gille, Lars Joeres
Objectives: The aim of this study was to investigate the antiepileptic drug (AED) treatment of adults suffering from focal epilepsies (FE) in Germany. Of special interest was the number and percentage of the patients 16 years and older receiving no treatment with an AED, treatment with one AED (monotherapy), treatment with more than one AED, and treatment with a novel AED. The definition for "novel" was newly approved at the time of market entry since 2006 (last 10 years): eslicarbazepine (ESL), lacosamide (LCM), perampanel (PER), and retigabine (RTG)...
2017: German Medical Science: GMS E-journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638280/anticonvulsant-hypersensitivity-syndrome-after-phenytoin-administration-in-an-adolescent-patient-a-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Malik Ghannam, Shaden Mansour, Aya Nabulsi, Qusay Abdoh
BACKGROUND: Hypersensitivity is a rare adverse drug reaction (ADR) associated with anti-epileptic medications. Phenytoin is one of the commonly used drugs for treatment of epilepsy that encounters a hypersensitivity reaction. This reaction can be ranged from mild cutaneous rash to anticonvulsant hypersensitivity syndrome (AHS) or drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS) that includes fever, rash, eosinophilia and involvement of multiple internal organs. CASE PRESENTATION: A 15 year old middle eastern female patient from Gaza strip with free past medical and allergic history...
2017: Clinical and Molecular Allergy: CMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635538/clomipramine-trial-for-treatment-resistant-persistent-genital-arousal-disorder-a-case-series
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Ejder Akgun Yildirim, Munevver Hacioglu Yildirim, Elif Carpar, Irmak Sarac
INTRODUCTION: Treatment of persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD), as a chronic and disabling condition, implicates substantial compelling complexities. METHODS: In this case series, seven women diagnosed with PGAD who were referred to the Sexual Dysfunction Unit of Psychotherapy Outpatient Clinic of Bakirkoy Research and Training Hospital for Psychiatry, Neurology, and Neurosurgery, Istanbul, Turkey between 2006 and 2009 were included. All patients were previously resistant to other antidepressants, antipsychotics and antiepileptics...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634087/treatment-with-levetiracetam-improves-cognition-in-a-ketamine-rat-model-of-schizophrenia
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Ming Teng Koh, Yi Shao, Sharon Rosenzweig-Lipson, Michela Gallagher
Imbalance in neural excitation and inhibition is associated with behavioral dysfunction in individuals with schizophrenia and at risk for this illness. We examined whether targeting increased neural activity with the antiepileptic agent, levetiracetam, would benefit memory performance in a preclinical model of schizophrenia that has been shown to exhibit hyperactivity in the hippocampus. Adult rats exposed to ketamine subchronically during late adolescence showed impaired hippocampal-dependent memory performance...
June 17, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
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