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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088682/female-sexual-function-mediates-the-effects-of-medication-adherence-on-quality-of-life-in-people-with-epilepsy
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Chung-Ying Lin, Andrea Burri, Bengt Fridlund, Amir H Pakpour
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to understand the mediating effects of female sexual functioning in the association between medication adherence and quality of life (QoL) in Iranian women with epilepsy (WWE). METHODS: Women's sexual functioning was measured using Female Sexual Function Index; QoL using Quality of Life in Epilepsy; epilepsy severity using Liverpool Seizure Severity Scale; subjective medication adherence using Medication Adherence Report Scale; and objective medication adherence using serum level for antiepileptic drugs in 567 WWE...
January 12, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088050/pharmacists-knowledge-of-issues-in-pharmacotherapy-of-epilepsy-using-antiepileptic-drugs-a-cross-sectional-study-in-palestinian-pharmacy-practice
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Ramzi Shawahna, Ahlam Atrash, Aman Jebril, Areen Khalaf, Eman Shaheen, Hala Tahboosh
OBJECTIVE: Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) are mainstay in controlling epileptic seizures. As experts in medications, pharmacists should be able to ensure accuracy of dosing regimens, explain adverse effects, and screen for and alert people with epilepsy (PWE) and their physicians to possible drug-drug interactions (DDIs). The aim of this study was to evaluate pharmacists' knowledge of issues in pharmacotherapy of epilepsy using AEDs. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional observational study conducted in the Palestinian pharmacy practice...
January 11, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087260/seizure-recurrence-in-children-after-stopping-antiepileptic-medication-5-year-follow-up
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Inn-Chi Lee, Shuan-Yow Li, Yung-Jung Chen
BACKGROUND: We wanted to identify in children with epilepsy the factors associated with seizure control and recurrence after a 2-year remission. METHODS: We did a 5-year follow-up of epileptic children whose antiepileptic medication had been stopped. Bivariate and multivariate analyses were used to compare features of electroencephalograms (EEGs) and clinical findings. In this study, 43 patients with and 64 without a seizure recurrence (SR) were enrolled. RESULTS: Clinical features strongly associated with SR in the univariate analysis included a symptomatic etiology for seizures, a history of status epilepticus, treatment duration before stopping antiepileptic drugs, and abnormal EEG findings at the time of stopping antiepileptic drugs...
December 18, 2016: Pediatrics and Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078241/the-effect-of-zataria-multiflora-boiss-hydroalcoholic-extract-and-fractions-in-pentylenetetrazole-induced-kindling-in-mice
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Ali Shamsizadeh, Farangis Fatehi, Fatemeh Arab Baniasad, Fatemeh Ayoobi, Mohammad Ebrahim Rezvani, Ali Roohbakhsh
OBJECTIVE: At present, there are many antiepileptic drugs with a wide range of side effects on the human body. It was assumed that Zataria multiflora Boiss (Z. multiflora) with sedative, anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory activity may be effective in the treatment of epilepsy. The aim of the present study was to elucidate the effect of Z. multiflora hydroalcoholic extract and its fraction extracts on pentylenetetrazole (PTZ)-induced chemical kindling. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this experimental study, eight separate groups of male albino mice were used...
November 2016: Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073923/what-to-do-when-patients-with-epilepsy-cannot-take-their-usual-oral-medications
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Anna M Bank, Jong Woo Lee, Patricia Krause, Aaron L Berkowitz
When people with epilepsy are hospitalised for medical or surgical conditions, they may be unable to take their home antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Such 'nil by mouth' people with epilepsy require alternative AED regimens to prevent breakthrough seizures. Here, we describe several strategies for maintaining seizure control in patients with epilepsy who have medical or surgical contraindications to their home oral regimens. These strategies include using non-pill oral formulations, using an intravenous formulation of the patient's home AED(s), using a benzodiazepine bridge and/or using alternative intravenous AED(s) when there are no intravenous formulations...
January 10, 2017: Practical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073790/clemizole-and-modulators-of-serotonin-signalling-suppress-seizures-in-dravet-syndrome
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Aliesha Griffin, Kyla R Hamling, Kelly Knupp, SoonGweon Hong, Luke P Lee, Scott C Baraban
Dravet syndrome is a catastrophic childhood epilepsy with early-onset seizures, delayed language and motor development, sleep disturbances, anxiety-like behaviour, severe cognitive deficit and an increased risk of fatality. It is primarily caused by de novo mutations of the SCN1A gene encoding a neuronal voltage-activated sodium channel. Zebrafish with a mutation in the SCN1A homologue recapitulate spontaneous seizure activity and mimic the convulsive behavioural movements observed in Dravet syndrome. Here, we show that phenotypic screening of drug libraries in zebrafish scn1 mutants rapidly and successfully identifies new therapeutics...
January 10, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073027/epileptic-features-and-survival-in-glioblastomas-presenting-with-seizures
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Manuel Toledo, Silvana Sarria-Estrada, Manuel Quintana, Xavier Maldonado, Francisco Martinez-Ricarte, Jordi Rodon, Cristina Auger, Miren Aizpurua, Javier Salas-Puig, Estevo Santamarina, Elena Martinez-Saez
INTRODUCTION: The prognostic value of seizures in patients with glioblastoma is currently under discussion. The objective of this research was to study the risk factors associated with seizures occurring at the diagnosis of glioblastoma and the role of seizures as a predictive factor for survival. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We prospectively analyzed the clinical data over the course of the disease, baseline MR imaging, and histological characteristics (p53 overexpression, the Ki67 proliferation index, and presence of the IDH1 R132H mutation), in glioblastomas treated in a single hospital from November 2012 to July 2014...
December 26, 2016: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070260/relationship-between-bone-density-and-biochemical-markers-of-bone-among-two-groups-taking-carbamazepine-and-sodium-valproate-for-epilepsy-in-comparison-with-healthy-individuals-in-yazd
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Abolghasem Rahimdel, Ali Dehghan, Mahboubeh Abolhassani Moghadam, Ali Mellat Ardekani
INTRODUCTION: Chronic antiepileptic therapy has been associated with metabolic bone diseases including osteomalacia and osteoporosis. The aim of this study was to determine frequency of changes in biochemical and bone mineral density (BMD) in adults receiving valproaic acid (VPA) & carbamazepine (CBZ). METHODS: In a cross sectional study evaluating adults (age 20-50 y) epileptic patients receiving valproic acid or carbamazepine for at least 2 years. This study was conducted from May 2014 to May 2015 in Shahid Sadoughi Hospital of Yazd University of Medical Science, Yazd, Iran...
November 2016: Electronic Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069620/prenatal-exposure-to-antiepileptic-drugs-and-use-of-primary-healthcare-during-childhood-a-population-based-cohort-study-in-denmark
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Anne Mette Würtz, Dorte Rytter, Claus Høstrup Vestergaard, Jakob Christensen, Mogens Vestergaard, Bodil Hammer Bech
OBJECTIVE: Prenatal exposure to antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) has been associated with adverse outcomes in the offspring such as congenital malformations and neuropsychiatric disorders. The objective of this study was to investigate whether prenatal exposure to AEDs is also associated with more frequent use of primary healthcare during childhood. DESIGN: Population-based cohort study. SETTING: Nationwide national registers in Denmark. PARTICIPANTS: All live-born singletons in Denmark during 1997-2012 identified in the Danish National Patient Register and followed until 31 December 2013 (n=963 010)...
January 5, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067989/tacrolimus-interaction-with-nafcillin-resulting-in-significant-decreases-in-tacrolimus-concentrations-a-case-report
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Minkey Wungwattana, Marizela Savic
Tacrolimus (TAC) is subject to many drug interactions as a result of its metabolism primarily via CYP450 isoenzyme 3A4. Numerous case reports of TAC and CYP3A4 inducers and inhibitors have been described including antimicrobials, calcium channel antagonists, and antiepileptic drugs. We present the case of a 13-year-old patient with cystic fibrosis and a history of liver transplantation, where subtherapeutic TAC concentrations were suspected to be a result of concomitant TAC and nafcillin (NAF) therapy. The observed drug interaction occurred on two separate hospital admissions, during both of which the patient exhibited therapeutic TAC concentrations prior to exposure to NAF, a CYP3A4 inducer...
January 9, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067623/seizure-control-through-genetic-and-pharmacological-manipulation-of-pumilio-a-key-component-of-neuronal-homeostasis
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Wei-Hsiang Lin, Carlo N G Giachello, Richard A Baines
Epilepsy is a significant disorder for which approximately one-third of patients do not respond to drug treatments. Next-generation drugs, which interact with novel targets, are required to provide a better clinical outcome for these individuals. To identify potential novel targets for antiepileptic drug (AED) design, we used RNA sequencing to identify changes in gene transcription in two seizure models of the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster The first model compared gene transcription between wildtype (WT) and the bangsenseless(1) (para(bss)) mutant; a gain-of-function in the sole fly voltage-gated sodium channel (paralytic)...
December 14, 2016: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067060/update-on-pharmacotherapy-of-myoclonic-seizures
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Pasquale Striano, Vincenzo Belcastro
Myoclonic seizures are brief, involuntary muscular jerks arising from the central nervous system that can occur in different epilepsy syndromes, including idiopathic generalized epilepsies or the most severe group of epileptic encephalopathies. Valproate is commonly the first choice alone or in combination with some benzodiazepines or levetiracetam. However, more treatment options exist today as there is emerging evidence to support the efficacy of some newer antiepileptic drugs. In addition, of major importance remains avoidance of medications (e...
January 8, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063375/identifying-the-barriers-to-antiepileptic-drug-adherence-among-adults-with-epilepsy
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Geraldine O' Rourke, Julie Jordan O' Brien
PURPOSE: To identify the barriers to antiepileptic drug (AED) adherence among adults with epilepsy (AWE). The impact of AED non-adherence on quality of life (QoL) was also examined. METHOD: Systematic design (SR) study. A search strategy was undertaken with no time limits, for articles published in English, in MEDLINE, CINANL, PsycINFO, EMBASE, Cochrane databases and grey literature sources. Eligibility criteria included participants with epilepsy over 18 years, who were prescribed AEDs...
December 23, 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061833/combining-adverse-pregnancy-and-perinatal-outcomes-for-women-exposed-to-antiepileptic-drugs-during-pregnancy-using-a-latent-trait-model
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Xuerong Wen, Abraham Hartzema, Joseph A Delaney, Babette Brumback, Xuefeng Liu, Robert Egerman, Jeffrey Roth, Rich Segal, Kimford J Meador
BACKGROUND: Application of latent variable models in medical research are becoming increasingly popular. A latent trait model is developed to combine rare birth defect outcomes in an index of infant morbidity. METHODS: This study employed four statewide, retrospective 10-year data sources (1999 to 2009). The study cohort consisted of all female Florida Medicaid enrollees who delivered a live singleton infant during study period. Drug exposure was defined as any exposure to Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) during pregnancy...
January 6, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060326/network-analysis-of-foramen-ovale-electrode-recordings-in-drug-resistant-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-patients
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Ancor Sanz-García, Lorena Vega-Zelaya, Jesús Pastor, Cristina V Torres, Rafael G Sola, Guillermo J Ortega
Approximately 30% of epilepsy patients are refractory to antiepileptic drugs. In these cases, surgery is the only alternative to eliminate/control seizures. However, a significant minority of patients continues to exhibit post-operative seizures, even in those cases in which the suspected source of seizures has been correctly localized and resected. The protocol presented here combines a clinical procedure routinely employed during the pre-operative evaluation of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) patients with a novel technique for network analysis...
December 18, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057450/antiepileptic-drugs-prevent-seizures-in-hyperbaric-oxygen-a-novel-model-of-epileptiform-activity
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Ivan T Demchenko, Sergei Yu Zhilyaev, Alexander N Moskvin, Alexander I Krivchenko, Claude A Piantadosi, Barry W Allen
Breathing oxygen at sufficiently elevated pressures can trigger epileptiform seizures. Therefore, we tested the hypothesis that pre-treatment with FDA-approved antiepileptic drugs could prevent seizure onset in hyperoxia at 5 atmospheres absolute. We selected drugs from two putative functional categories, Na(+)-channel antagonists and GABA enhancers, each administered intraperitoneally at four doses in separate groups of C57BL/6 mice. The drugs varied in efficacy at the doses used. Of the five tested Na(+)-channel antagonists, carbamazepine and lamotrigine more than tripled seizure latency compared to values seen in vehicle controls...
January 2, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054285/drug-interactions-in-neurocritical-care
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Brian Spoelhof, Salia Farrokh, Lucia Rivera-Lara
Drug-drug interactions (DDIs) are common and avoidable complications that are associated with poor patient outcomes. Neurocritical care patients may be at particular risk for DDIs due to alterations in pharmacokinetic profiles and exposure to medications with a high DDI risk. This review describes the principles of DDI pharmacology, common and severe DDIs in Neurocritical care, and recommendations to minimize adverse outcomes. A review of published literature was performed using PubMed by searching for 'Drug Interaction' and several high DDI risk and common neurocritical care medications...
January 4, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054171/identification-of-prevalent-patients-with-epilepsy-using-administrative-data-the-tuscany-experience
#18
Irene Bellini, Laura Policardo, Gaetano Zaccara, Pasquale Palumbo, Eleonora Rosati, Elena Torre, Paolo Francesconi
Overall prevalence of epilepsy ranges from 4 to 10 cases per 1000. Italy lacks recent epidemiological studies on large populations. In the present study, prevalence of epilepsy has been assessed in Tuscany, an Italian Region with 3,750,000 habitants, implementing an algorithm based on administrative data from the Regional Information Health System. To identify patients with epilepsy, we used at least one the following criteria: (a) at least one EEG and at least two dispensations of any antiepileptic drug (AEDS) at a minimum distance of 12 months; (b) at least two dispensations of one "specific" AED (authorized for use only for patients with epilepsy) at a minimum distance of 12 months; and (c) hospital admission for epilepsy or recurrent relapses (cod...
January 4, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053048/identifying-new-antiepileptic-drugs-through-genomics-based-drug-repurposing
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Nasir Mirza, Greame J Sills, Munir Pirmohamed, Anthony G Marson
Currently available antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) fail to control seizures in 30% of patients. Genomics-based drug repurposing (GBR) offers the potential of savings in the time and cost of developing new AEDs. In the current study, we used published data and software to identify the transcriptomic signature of chornic temporal lobe epilepsy and the drugs that reverse it. After filtering out compounds based on exclusion criteria, such as toxicity, 36 drugs were retained. 11 of the 36 drugs identified (>30%) have published evidence of antiepileptic efficacy (for example, curcumin) or antiepileptogenic affect (for example, atorvastatin) in recognised rodent models or patients...
January 4, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052554/antiepileptic-drugs-and-risk-of-suicide-attempts-a-case-control-study-exploring-the-impact-of-underlying-medical-conditions
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Lamiae Grimaldi-Bensouda, Clementine Nordon, Michel Rossignol, Vincent Jardon, Virginie Boss, Frédérique Warembourg, Robert Reynolds, Xavier Kurz, Frédéric Rouillon, Lucien Abenhaim
PURPOSE: Randomized-controlled trials and claims databases suggest that antiepileptic drug (AED) use may increase the risk of suicide attempts (SA). The present case-control study explores the impact of underlying indications on this potential association. METHODS: Physicians collected the medical history; prior 12-month drug use was obtained from standardized telephone interviews with patients. The association between AED use and SA was explored using multivariate conditional logistic regression...
January 3, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
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