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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332798/discontinuation-of-antiepileptic-drugs-in-seizure-free-patients-when-and-how
#1
Morten I Lossius, Kristin Å Alfstad, Kari M Aaberg, Karl O Nakken
In seizure-free patients with epilepsy, the question of whether, and if so when, it is acceptable to withdraw treatment may be difficult to answer. A thorough risk-benefit assessment should be undertaken with the patient and next of kin, during which the consequences of a relapse must be weighed against the disadvantages of continued administration of the drug. As a main rule, adult patients should have been seizure-free for at least two years before discontinuation is considered. In children with epilepsy with a known good prognosis, discontinuation may be considered even earlier...
March 2017: Tidsskrift for Den Norske Lægeforening: Tidsskrift for Praktisk Medicin, Ny Række
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331466/generic-modified-release-antiepileptic-drugs-no-difference-within-formulations-but-important-differences-across-formulations
#2
Cynthia L Harden
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Epilepsy Currents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330759/amiodarone-reduces-depolarization-evoked-glutamate-release-from-hippocampual-synaptosomes
#3
Chia Yu Chang, Chi Feng Hung, Shu Kuei Huang, Jinn Rung Kuo, Su Jane Wang
Decreased brain glutamate level has emerged as a new therapeutic approach for epilepsy. This study investigated the effect and mechanism of amiodarone, an anti-arrhythmic drug with antiepileptic activity, on glutamate release in the rat hippocampus. In a synaptosomal preparation, amiodarone reduced 4-aminopyridine-evoked Ca(2+)-dependent glutamate release and cytosolic Ca(2+) concentration elevation. Amiodarone did not affect the 4-aminopyridine-evoked depolarization of the synaptosomal membrane potential or the Na(+) channel activator veratridine-evoked glutamate release, indicating that the amiodarone-mediated inhibition of glutamate release is not caused by a decrease in synaptosomal excitability...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327340/epileptic-activity-in-alzheimer-s-disease-causes-and-clinical-relevance
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REVIEW
Keith A Vossel, Maria C Tartaglia, Haakon B Nygaard, Adam Z Zeman, Bruce L Miller
Epileptic activity is frequently associated with Alzheimer's disease; this association has therapeutic implications, because epileptic activity can occur at early disease stages and might contribute to pathogenesis. In clinical practice, seizures in patients with Alzheimer's disease can easily go unrecognised because they usually present as non-motor seizures, and can overlap with other symptoms of the disease. In patients with Alzheimer's disease, seizures can hasten cognitive decline, highlighting the clinical relevance of early recognition and treatment...
April 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324940/use-of-local-field-potentials-of-dissociated-cultures-grown-on-multi-electrode-arrays-for-pharmacological-assays
#5
G D C Mendis, E Morrisroe, C A Reid, S K Halgamuge, S Petrou
In vitro Multi-Electrode Arrays (MEA) are an extracellular recording technology that enables the analysis of networks of neurons in vitro. Neurons in culture exhibit a range of behavioral dynamics, which can be measured in terms of individual action potentials, network-wide synchronized firing and a host of other features that characterize network activity. MEA data analysis was historically focused on high frequency spike data forgoing the low frequency content of the signal. In this study, we use local field potentials, which are low frequency components of MEA signals, to differentiate between two types of antiepileptic drugs (p<;0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324653/evaluation-of-brain-pharmacokinetic-and-neuropharmacodynamic-attributes-of-antiepileptic-drug-lacosamide-in-hepatic-and-renal-impairment-preclinical-evidence
#6
Baldeep Kumar, Manish Modi, Biman Saikia, Bikash Medhi
The knowledge of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of antiepileptic drugs is helpful in optimizing drug therapy for epilepsy. This study was designed to evaluate the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of lacosamide in experimentally induced hepatic and renal impairment in seizure animals. Hepatic or renal impairment was induced by injection of carbon tetrachloride or diclofenac sodium, respectively. After induction, the animals were administered with a single dose of lacosamide. At different time points, MES seizure recordings were done followed by isolation of plasma and brain samples for drug quantification and pharmacodynamic measurements...
March 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320517/influence-of-age-and-co-medication-on-the-steady-state-pharmacokinetics-of-valproic-acid-in-tunisian-patients-with-epilepsy
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L Ben Mahmoud, A Hakim, H Ghozzi, R Atheymen, Z Sahnoun, K Zeghal
AIM: Valproic acid (VPA) is a widely prescribed broad-spectrum antiepileptic drug. However, the use of VPA is complicated in clinical practice by its remarkably wide variability of pharmacokinetics. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of demographic factors and associated therapies on steady-state plasma VPA concentrations in patients with epilepsy. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study was carried out using the routine therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) database...
March 17, 2017: Revue Neurologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319750/unfavorable-effect-of-levetiracetam-on-cultured-hippocampal-neurons-after-hyperthermic-injury
#8
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/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
#10
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/28315500/relation-between-sexual-dysfunctions-and-epilepsy-type-of-epilepsy-type-of-antiepileptic-drugs-a-prospective-study
#11
Carlo Pavone, Ninfa Giacalone, Lidia Urso, Leila Zummo, Brigida Fierro
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to evaluate the incidence of sexual dysfunctions in males with epilepsy, the type of epilepsy, the frequency of seizures, the type of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), the serum hormonal profile and the presence of psychiatric comorbidity. METHODS: Sixty-one patients focused on type of epilepsy, frequency of seizures, AEDs, hormonal profile and presence of mood disorders. We excluded all patients with severe neurologic and psychiatric impairment and patient who were not able to fill questionnaires...
March 18, 2017: Urologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315465/early-preclinical-evaluation-of-dihydropyrimidin-thi-ones-as-potential-anticonvulsant-drug-candidates
#12
Mariana Matias, Gonçalo Campos, Samuel Silvestre, Amílcar Falcão, Gilberto Alves
Although significant advances are occurring in epilepsy research, about 30% of epileptic patients are still inadequately controlled by standard drug therapy. For this reason, it continues to be important to develop new chemical entities through which epilepsy could be effectively controlled. In this study, the anticonvulsant activity of forty-two dihydropyrimidin(thi)ones was explored and their efficacy was evaluated in rodents against the maximal electroshock seizure (MES) and subcutaneous pentylenetetrazole tests...
March 14, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303728/how-can-we-overcome-neuropsychological-adverse-effects-of-antiepileptic-drugs
#13
Juri-Alexander Witt, Christoph Helmstaedter
Antiepileptic pharmacotherapy can have a negative or positive impact on cognition and behavior. Besides individual susceptibilities (in terms of idiosyncratic reactions), the risk of adverse drug effects largely depends on treatment decisions. Therefore practical strategies to prevent neuropsychological side effects comprise (1.) selecting antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) with superior neuropsychological side effect profiles, (2.) restricting the individual drug load (target doses and number of concurrent AEDs), (3...
March 17, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302251/levetiracetam-induced-increase-in-creatine-phosphokinase-levels
#14
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/28301813/sources-of-nitrogen-heterocyclic-pahs-n-hets-along-a-riverine-course
#15
Anne-Kathrin Siemers, Wolf-Ulrich Palm, Christina Faubel, Jan Sebastian Mänz, Dieter Steffen, Wolfgang Ruck
For the first time the occurrence of 26 nitrogen heterocyclic polyaromatic hydrocarbons (N-HETs) and the antiepileptic drug carbamazepine (CBZ) as a marker for anthropogenic influence was determined in an entire river system and its influents. Besides the investigation of diurnal and annual variations in concentrations, dilution and load calculations, the aims were to facilitate transferability to other rivers by identifying sources of the different substances. To create a sufficient database over 180 aqueous samples from the River Fuhse (Lower Saxony, Germany), its catchment area, effluents of municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) and rainwater were analyzed...
March 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300030/hemispheric-polymicrogyria-and-neonatal-seizures-a-potentially-life-threatening-combination
#16
Paula M Brna, A Simon Harvey, Richard J Leventer
Polymicrogyria (PMG) is a heterogeneous malformation of cortical development characterized by excessive gyration and abnormal cortical lamination. Typically, bilateral forms have more severe developmental delay and early-onset epilepsy, but the full spectrum of severity remains ill-defined. We report two cases of right hemispheric PMG and neonatal-onset, drug-resistant seizures culminating in early death. Case 1 began having seizures on Day 1 of life that intensified in severity and proved resistant to numerous antiepileptic drugs...
March 14, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298881/contraceptive-methods-seizures-and-antiepileptic-drugs-more-questions-than-answers
#17
COMMENT
Alison M Pack
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Epilepsy Currents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298046/hypofractionated-stereotactic-radiosurgery-a-new-treatment-strategy-for-giant-cavernous-sinus-hemangiomas
#18
Xin Wang, Huaguang Zhu, Jonathan Knisely, Guanghai Mei, Xiaoxia Liu, Jiazhong Dai, Ying Mao, Li Pan, Zhiyong Qin, Enmin Wang
OBJECTIVE Cavernous sinus hemangiomas (CSHs) are rare benign vascular tumors that arise from the dural venous sinuses lateral to the sella. Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) has emerged as a principal alternative to microresection for small- and medium-sized CSHs. Resection is a reasonable option for large (3-4 cm in diameter) and giant (> 4 cm in diameter) CSHs. However, management of giant CSHs remains a challenge for neurosurgeons because of the high rates of morbidity and even death that stem from uncontrollable and massive hemorrhage during surgery...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297593/clinical-effectiveness-and-cognitive-impact-of-electroconvulsive-therapy-for-schizophrenia-a-large-retrospective-study
#19
Tyler S Kaster, Zafiris J Daskalakis, Daniel M Blumberger
OBJECTIVE: To determine the clinical effectiveness and cognitive impact of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in a large clinical sample of patients with schizophrenia and explore factors associated with treatment response and transient cognitive impairment. METHODS: We examined the clinical records of 144 patients with a DSM-IV diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder who were treated at an academic mental health hospital from October 2009 to August 2014...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296375/-endomyocardial-fibrosis-associated-to-antiphospholipid-syndrome-case-report-and-review
#20
Carlos A Parquet, Jorge Curotto-Grasiosi, Rogelio A Machado, Bruno Peressotti, Matías B Padilla, Alberto L Bolaño
A 29-year-old man with a history of seizures, was admitted due to an episode of unconsciousness recovered and hypertension with renal disfunction. The electrocardiogram mimicked a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, but, by Doppler echocardiography, this was discarded because it suggested endomyocardial fibrosis which was confirmed by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging with late enhancement. Since the episode of unconsciousness, brain imaging studies were performed showing vascular sequelae and microangiopathic lesions...
March 2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
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