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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419947/efficacy-and-safety-of-eslicarbazepine-acetate-in-elderly-patients-with-focal-epilepsy-case-series
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A Gómez-Ibáñez, J M Serratosa, E Guillamón, M Garcés, B G Giráldez, M Toledo, J Salas-Puig, F J López-González, J Rodríguez-Uranga, A Castillo, J A Mauri, J L Camacho, E López-Gomáriz, P Giner, N Torres, J Palau, A Molins, V Villanueva
PURPOSE: Eslicarbazepine-acetate (ESL) is a third generation antiepileptic drug licensed as adjunctive therapy in adults with focal seizures. Efficacy and safety of ESL have been established in real-life setting. However, data about outcomes in elderly patients are scarce. Primary endpoint was to evaluate outcomes of ESL in elderly patients. METHOD: This was a retrospective survey that included patients >65years with focal seizures who started ESL between January 2010 and July 2012 at 12 Spanish Hospitals...
April 7, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408188/investigation-and-risk-evaluation-of-the-occurrence-of-carbamazepine-oxcarbazepine-their-human-metabolites-and-transformation-products-in-the-urban-water-cycle
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Elena Brezina, Carsten Prasse, Johannes Meyer, Harald Mückter, Thomas A Ternes
Trace organic contaminants such as pharmaceuticals, personal care products and industrial chemicals are frequently detected in the urban water cycle, including wastewater, surface water and groundwater, as well as drinking water. These also include human metabolites (HMs), which are formed in the human body and then excreted via urine or feces, as well as transformation products (TPs) formed in engineered treatment systems and the aquatic environment. In the current study, the occurrence of HMs as well as their TPs of the anticonvulsants carbamazepine (CBZ) and oxcarbazepine (OXC) were investigated using LC tandem MS in effluents of wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs), surface water and groundwater...
April 10, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407587/removal-of-novel-antiandrogens-identified-in-biological-effluents-of-domestic-wastewater-by-activated-carbon
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Dehua Ma, Lujun Chen, Rui Liu
Environmental antiandrogenic (AA) contaminants in effluents from wastewater treatment plants have the potential for negative impacts on wildlife and human health. The aim of our study was to identify chemical contaminants with likely AA activity in the biological effluents and evaluate the removal of these antiandrogens (AAs) during advanced treatment comprising adsorption onto granular activated carbon (GAC). In this study, profiling of AA contaminants in biological effluents and tertiary effluents was conducted using effect-directed analysis (EDA) including high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) fractionation, a recombinant yeast screen containing androgen receptor (YAS), in combination with mass spectrometry analyses...
April 10, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395124/comparison-of-levetiracetam-and-oxcarbazepine-monotherapy-among-korean-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-focal-epilepsy-a-long-term-randomized-open-label-trial
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Ji Hyun Kim, Sang Kun Lee, Christian Loesch, Kyungsun Namgoong, Hyang Woon Lee, Seung Bong Hong
This open-label, multicenter, randomized phase IV trial (NCT01498822) of noninferiority design compared the long-term effectiveness, safety, and tolerability of levetiracetam (LEV) monotherapy with those of oxcarbazepine (OXC) monotherapy in adults with newly diagnosed focal epilepsy. Korean patients (16-80 years), with ≥2 unprovoked focal seizures in the year preceding the trial, who had not taken any antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in the last 6 months, were randomized to receive LEV or OXC (1:1). Effectiveness, safety, and tolerability were assessed over a 50-week period...
April 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382861/metabolism-of-drugs-used-in-the-therapy-of-seizures-an-analytical-point-of-view-part-1
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Roberto Mandrioli, Laura Mercolini
BACKGROUND: Seizures are aetiologically and clinically heterogeneous neurological disorders that are currently treated using a wide array of drugs, belonging to equally heterogeneous chemical classes. Some of them are known as "antiepileptic drugs" (AEDs), due to their main field of use, while others (such as benzodiazepines) are frequently used for other conditions as well as for seizures. Due to their different chemical properties and mechanisms of activity, the metabolic characteristics of anti-seizure drugs can vary widely, also producing big differences in terms of safety, efficacy and therapeutic suitability...
April 6, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378057/tolerability-of-new-antiepileptic-drugs-a-network-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Gaetano Zaccara, Fabio Giovannelli, Filippo Sean Giorgi, Valentina Franco, Sara Gasparini, Umberto Benedetto
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to perform a comparative assessment of tolerability of all licensed new antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) through a network meta-analysis (NMA) including all placebo-controlled double-blind clinical trials (RCTs) in all conditions in which these drugs have been tested. METHODS: NMA with a frequentist approach was used to compare proportions of patients withdrawing because of adverse events (AEs). Analyses were conducted for all therapeutic doses pooled and specifically for high therapeutic doses...
April 4, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375911/trigeminal-neuralgia
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Giorgio Cruccu
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Although trigeminal neuralgia is well known to neurologists, recent developments in classification and clinical diagnosis, new MRI methods, and a debate about surgical options necessitate an update on the topic. RECENT FINDINGS: Currently, a worldwide controversy exists regarding the classification, diagnostic process, and surgical treatment of trigeminal neuralgia. This controversy has been caused on one side by the recognition that some 50% of patients with trigeminal neuralgia, apart from characteristic paroxysmal attacks, also have continuous pain in the same territory, which results in greater diagnostic difficulties and is associated with a lower response to medical and surgical treatments...
April 2017: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370224/do-antiepileptic-drugs-increase-the-risk-of-infectious-diseases-a-meta-analysis-of-placebo-controlled-studies
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Gaetano Zaccara, Fabio Giovannelli, Filippo Sean Giorgi, Valentina Franco, Sara Gasparini, Francesco Mandò Tacconi
AIMS: Experimental studies show that some antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) may modify natural immune defenses, thus influencing the risk of developing infectious diseases. The aim of this meta-analysis was to explore whether AEDs as a class of drugs or singularly may increase risk of infectious diseases. METHODS: A meta-analysis of all randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials (RCTs) investigating any AED in any condition was performed. All terms which could be coded in the System Organ Classes (SOCs) of "infections and infestations" using the Medical Dictionary for Regulatory Activities (MedDRA) were recorded...
March 31, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341643/pharmacotherapy-for-diabetic-peripheral-neuropathy-pain-and-quality-of-life-a-systematic-review
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Julie M Waldfogel, Suzanne Amato Nesbit, Sydney M Dy, Ritu Sharma, Allen Zhang, Lisa M Wilson, Wendy L Bennett, Hsin-Chieh Yeh, Yohalakshmi Chelladurai, Dorianne Feldman, Karen A Robinson
OBJECTIVE: To systematically assess the effect of pharmacologic treatments of diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) on pain and quality of life. METHODS: We searched PubMed and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews for systematic reviews from 2011 to October 12, 2015, and PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials for primary studies from January 1, 2013, to May 24, 2016. We searched Clinicaltrials.gov on March 9, 2016. Two reviewers independently evaluated studies for eligibility, serially abstracted data, and independently evaluated risk of bias and graded strength of evidence (SOE)...
March 24, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340402/eslicarbazepine-acetate-as-a-therapeutic-option-in-a-patient-with-carbamazepine-induced-rash-and-hla-a-31-01
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Lara Kay, Laurent M Willems, Johann Philipp Zöllner, Philipp S Reif, Karl Martin Klein, Felix Rosenow, Adam Strzelczyk
Eslicarbazepine acetate (ESL) is an anticonvulsant drug approved for the treatment of focal epilepsies, and related to oxcarbazepine and carbamazepine (CBZ), which are also derivatives of the dibenzazepine family. ESL is contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity reactions to CBZ.We report a patient with frontal lobe epilepsy responding to treatment with ESL without any serious adverse effects after developing a severe skin rash following treatment with CBZ. HLA testing revealed an HLA-A*31:01 haplotype, that increases the risk of CBZ-induced cutaneous reactions...
April 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
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/28301890/kasuistik-late-onset-small-fiber-neuropathie-nach-kritischer-erkrankung
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Susanne Koch, Rabih Moshourab, Tobias Wollersheim, Claudia Spies, Thomas Fritzsche, Steffen Weber-Carstens
A 42-year-old patient presented with acute allodynia and hyperalgesia in her distal limbs, most severe in the innervation area of the ulnar nerve. The patient developed critical illness myopathy/polyneuropathy after septic shock 5 months prior to her presentation. After exclusion of differential diagnosis, "late onset small fiber neuropathy" after critical illness was diagnosed. Recent studies showed small fiber lesions during critical illness and in follow-up exams, where additionally neuropathic pain were proved...
March 2017: Anästhesiologie, Intensivmedizin, Notfallmedizin, Schmerztherapie: AINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293474/transition-from-oxcarbazepine-to-eslicarbazepine-acetate-a-single-center-study
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Jussi Mäkinen, Sirpa Rainesalo, Jukka Peltola
OBJECTIVES: There is limited clinical evidence for comparison between oxcarbazepine (OXC) and eslicarbazepine acetate (ESL) in terms of tolerability, or how to execute the change from OXC to ESL. We report the process of transitioning patients with focal epilepsy from previous OXC treatment to ESL due to tolerability problems. The rationale for change from OXC is reported, and the outcome with respective to this rationale is analyzed in terms of tolerability and efficacy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The subjects were transitioned overnight from OXC to ESL in a hospital inpatient setting...
March 2017: Brain and Behavior
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/28287069/ictus-emeticus-presenting-as-an-unusual-seizure-type-in-chromosome-22q11-2-deletion-syndrome
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Pi-Lien Hung, Li-Tung Huang, Shang-Yeong Kwan, Kai-Ping Chang, Hsin-Hung Chen, Yi-Yen Lee, Hueng-Chuen Fan, Chien Chen
We present a case study of a patient with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome presenting with ictus emeticus, together with a review of the relevant literature. The patient developed generalized tonic-clonic seizures at 3 months old, and seizures eventually remitted after calcium therapy. He then experienced vigorous vomiting that occurred during sleep, with glassy eyes and legs flexion. Video-EEG recordings exhibited a switch in background activity from organized reactivity during normal sleep to left lateralized temporal delta activity, which was bilaterally synchronized during an emetic attack...
March 1, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
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/28277442/divergence-palsy-due-to-divalproex-and-oxcarbazepine
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Marc Albert Bouffard, Louis R Caplan, Nurhan Torun
OBJECTIVE: This case series is the first to describe divergence palsy as an adverse effect of antiepileptic drug use. Diplopia is a common adverse effect of antiepileptic drugs, but no explanatory motility deficit has ever been reported. METHODS: We present 2 patients, 1 on oxcarbazepine and 1 on divalproex, each with a normal examination result between spells and divergency palsy when symptomatic. RESULTS: Discontinuation of the antiepileptic medication led to resolution of the episodes in both cases...
March 9, 2017: Clinical Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255440/interaction-between-clozapine-and-oxcarbazepine-a-case-report
#18
Hazel Yousra, Lebain Pierrick, Lecardeur Laurent, Debruyne Danièle
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242476/an-investigation-of-the-characteristics-of-outpatients-with-epilepsy-and-antiepileptic-drug-utilization-in-a-multicenter-cross-sectional-study-in-china
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Peimin Yu, Dong Zhou, Weiping Liao, Xin Wang, Yuping Wang, Tiancheng Wang, Yuan Wu, Senyang Lang, Weihong Lin, Yijun Song, Heqing Zhao, Meng Cai, Zhen Hong
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to describe the distribution of seizure types, clinical characteristics, and antiepileptic drug (AED) utilization in patients with epilepsy visiting tertiary hospitals in China. METHODS: This was an observational, cross-sectional epidemiology study conducted at 11 tertiary hospitals across China from May 2014 to November 2014. A total of 1603 patients, of either sex or any age with confirmed diagnosis of epilepsy, visiting outpatient clinics at tertiary hospitals were screened and enrolled...
February 24, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237319/epilepsy-treatment-in-adults-and-adolescents-expert-opinion-2016
#20
REVIEW
Jerry J Shih, Julia B Whitlock, Nicole Chimato, Emily Vargas, Steven C Karceski, Ryan D Frank
INTRODUCTION: There are over twenty anti-seizure medications and anti-seizure devices available commercially in the United States. The multitude of treatment options for seizures can present a challenge to clinicians, especially those who are not subspecialists in the epilepsy field. Many clinical questions are not adequately answered in double-blind randomized controlled studies. In the presence of a knowledge gap, many clinicians consult a respected colleague with acknowledged expertise in the field...
February 22, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
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