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Drug induced seizure

Jana Tchekalarova, Keylla da Conceição Machado, Antonio Luiz Gomes Júnior, Ana Amélia de Carvalho Melo Cavalcante, Albena Momchilova, Rumyana Tzoneva
PURPOSE: Activation of CB1 receptors, produces anticonvulsant effect accompanied by memory disturbance both in animal seizure tests and in patients with epilepsy. Few reports considered the role of CB2 receptor on seizure susceptibility and cognitive functions. The aim of the present study was to explore the effect of a selective CB2 receptor agonist β-caryophyllene (BCP) in models of seizures and cognition in mice. METHODS: Dose-dependent effects of BCP was studied in maximal electroshock seizure (MES) test, subcutaneous pentylenetetrazole (scPTZ) test and Morris water maze test...
March 12, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
Orrin Devinsky, Anup D Patel, Elizabeth A Thiele, Matthew H Wong, Richard Appleton, Cynthia L Harden, Sam Greenwood, Gilmour Morrison, Kenneth Sommerville
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the safety and preliminary pharmacokinetics of a pharmaceutical formulation of purified cannabidiol (CBD) in children with Dravet syndrome. METHODS: Patients aged 4-10 years were randomized 4:1 to CBD (5, 10, or 20 mg/kg/d) or placebo taken twice daily. The double-blind trial comprised 4-week baseline, 3-week treatment (including titration), 10-day taper, and 4-week follow-up periods. Completers could continue in an open-label extension. Multiple pharmacokinetic blood samples were taken on the first day of dosing and at end of treatment for measurement of CBD, its metabolites 6-OH-CBD, 7-OH-CBD, and 7-COOH-CBD, and antiepileptic drugs (AEDs; clobazam and metabolite N -desmethylclobazam [N-CLB], valproate, levetiracetam, topiramate, and stiripentol)...
March 14, 2018: Neurology
Davide Caputo, Marina Trivisano, Federico Vigevano, Lucia Fusco
CHD2 gene has been described in association with different types of childhood myoclonic epilepsy and is emerging as a gene involved in photosensitivity alone or combined with epilepsy. Recent studies suggest that CHD2 could be responsible for a proper phenotype characterized by infantile-onset generalized epilepsy, intellectual disability, and photosensitivity and in particular with self-induced seizures. We report the case of a child with CHD2 mutation and mild developmental impairment that since the age of 3 years started with myoclonic seizures apparently well responding to antiepileptic drugs and that subsequently developed intractable self-induced seizures...
March 3, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
Sophie Dupont
Catamenial epilepsy, defined as the exacerbation of the frequency of seizures in a given phase of the menstrual cycle, affects 35% of women. In women with catamenial epilepsy with perimenstrual seizures, progesterone therapy may be effective. In case of enzyme inducer AEDs, hormonal contraception is deprecated (estroprogestative or progestative pill, progestative implant, patches or hormonal rings). Because of its high malformative teratogenic potential, its possible depressive cognitive effects and the autistic risk, sodium valproate is not indicated during pregnancy...
March 8, 2018: La Presse Médicale
Tommi Nora, Hanna Heinonen, Mirja Tenhunen, Sirpa Rainesalo, Soila Järvenpää, Kai Lehtimäki, Jukka Peltola
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the anterior nucleus of the thalamus (ANT) is a method of neuromodulation used for refractory focal epilepsy. We report a patient suffering from drug-resistant epilepsy who developed novel visual symptoms and atypical seizures with the onset of ANT-DBS therapy. Rechallenge under video electroencephalography recording confirmed that lowering the stimulation voltage alleviated these symptoms. Subsequent stimulation with the initial voltage value did not cause the recurrence of either the visual symptoms or the new seizure type, and appeared to alleviate the patient's seizures in long-term follow-up...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Himani Prajapati, Dinesh Kansal, Rajan Negi
Valproate-related pedal edema is usually regarded as a problem occurring after long-term administration of valproate. Valproate has been a drug of choice for the treatment of generalized or partial seizures as monotherapy or adjunctive therapy, bipolar disorder, for the prophylaxis of migraine headache in adults. This case report described patient-acquiring bilateral pedal edema after long-term use of magnesium valproate. Discontinuing valproate resulted in rapid improvement of the condition. This adverse reaction to the best of our knowledge is first reported a case of bilateral pedal edema cause by magnesium valproate in low dose...
September 2017: Indian Journal of Pharmacology
Chuanzhong Ye, Megan Ninneman, Judd S Christian, Fanglin Zhang, Dominique Musselman
Venlafaxine is a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor commonly used for the treatment of depression. Although listed as an adverse reaction, seizure activity associated with a therapeutic dose of venlafaxine has rarely been documented. A review of the literature reveals only 2 cases of venlafaxine-induced seizures, both of which were generalized tonic-clonic seizures in patients on doses at the higher end of the therapeutic range. We report the case of a 44-year-old woman undergoing antituberculosis therapy who suffered complex partial seizures after ingestion of a low therapeutic dose of venlafaxine extended release (ER)...
March 2018: Journal of Psychiatric Practice
Scott Mintzer, Robert T Wechsler, Joanne B Rogin, Barry E Gidal, Matthias Schwab, Elinor Ben-Menachem, Mar Carreño, Patrício Soares da Silva, Joana Moreira, Yan Li, David Blum, Todd Grinnell
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects of eslicarbazepine acetate (ESL) on lipid metabolism and to determine whether reduced statin exposure during ESL therapy has clinical consequences. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: We conducted a post-hoc analysis of pooled data for serum lipids (laboratory values) from three phase III, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials of adjunctive ESL therapy (400, 800, or 1200 mg once daily) in patients with treatment-refractory partial-onset seizures...
February 9, 2018: Epilepsy Research
Tsuneo Nakajima, Toshihiro Sakai, Hitoshi Hara
We report a forty-six-year-old man with a past history of brain abscess managed by surgical drainage and recurrent ischemic strokes. After treatment of brain abscess, he had been on medication for symptomatic epilepsy, but had ceased medication by his judgment. He was taken to a hospital in an ambulance for an epileptic seizure. In the hospital he suffered from drug-induced renal dysfunction caused by the intravenous anti-epileptic drug, and right hemiparesis due to ischemic stroke occurred on the third hospitalization day...
February 28, 2018: Rinshō Shinkeigaku, Clinical Neurology
Dan Xu, Andrew P Robinson, Toshiyuki Ishii, D'Anne S Duncan, Tord D Alden, Gwendolyn E Goings, Igal Ifergan, Joseph R Podojil, Pablo Penaloza-MacMaster, Jennifer A Kearney, Geoffrey T Swanson, Stephen D Miller, Sookyong Koh
The pathophysiology of drug-resistant pediatric epilepsy is unknown. Flow cytometric analysis of inflammatory leukocytes in resected brain tissues from 29 pediatric patients with genetic (focal cortical dysplasia) or acquired (encephalomalacia) epilepsy demonstrated significant brain infiltration of blood-borne inflammatory myeloid cells and memory CD4+ and CD8+ T cells. Significantly, proinflammatory (IL-17- and GM-CSF-producing) γδ T cells were concentrated in epileptogenic lesions, and their numbers positively correlated with disease severity...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Experimental Medicine
Clarissa Vasconcelos de Oliveira, Viviane Nogueira Zorzi, Michele Rechia Fighera, Luiz Fernando Freire Royes, Ana Flávia Furian, Mauro Schneider Oliveira
BACKGROUND: The process by which a brain insult elicits epilepsy is termed epileptogenesis and it is characterized by numerous molecular and functional alterations. Statins are first-line drugs for hypercholesterolemia and related diseases, and display neuroprotective properties in clinical and experimental studies. Considering the importance in developing therapeutic strategies to prevent or modify epileptogenesis, we aimed the present study to test the hypothesis that atorvastatin modifies seizure susceptibility of mice after status epilepticus (SE)...
September 1, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
Akiyoshi Saitoh, Hiromu Tominaga, Yasuhiro Ogawa, Yoko Irukayama-Tomobe, Mitsuhiko Yamada, Masashi Yanagisawa, Hiroshi Nagase
BACKGROUND: We previously reported that the novel selective delta opioid receptor (DOP) agonist KNT-127 did not cause convulsions in mice, whereas the prototype DOP agonist SNC80 did. Previous studies have reported that SNC80 caused electroencephalographic (EEG) disturbances in rodents. However, whether KNT-127 affects EEG responses is unknown. Therefore, the present study aimed to compare the effect of KNT-127 on EEG responses with that of SNC80 in mice. METHODS: For behavioral experiments, male C57BL6/J mice were injected intraperitoneally with either KNT-127 (30 mg/kg) or SNC80 (30 mg/kg) and monitored for convulsions and subsequent catalepsy-like behavior for 10 min immediately after drug treatment...
October 28, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
Aline Steinmetz, Luiza Steffens, Ana Moira Morás, Flávia Prezzi, Elizandra Braganhol, Jenifer Saffi, Rafael Scorsatto Ortiz, Helena M T Barros, Dinara Jaqueline Moura
Cocaine is one of the most popular illicit drug worldwide. Due its great addictive potential, which leads to euphoria and hyperactivity, it is considered a public health concern. At the central nervous system, the drug acts inhibiting catecholamine re-uptake. It is now known that in addition to the toxicity of the drug itself, the contaminants present in the street drug have raised concern about the harmful effects on health. Toxicological in vivo and in vitro studies have demonstrated the toxic effects of cocaine correlated with the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which in turn lead to oxidative damage to the cells...
February 20, 2018: Chemico-biological Interactions
Vrinda M, Arun S, Srikumar B N, Bindu M Kutty, Shankaranarayana Rao B S
Epilepsy is a neurological condition associated with seizures, neurodegeneration, circuit reorganization, and other structural and functional abnormalities. These elements ultimately lead to behavioural alterations such as anxiety, depression, and importantly cognitive impairment like learning disability and memory impairment. These factors can attribute to acceleration of aging and cognitive impairment in middle-aged people, which is otherwise evident in dementia and Alzheimer's disease among elderly people...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
Patrizia Ambrogini, Maria Cristina Albertini, Michele Betti, Claudia Galati, Davide Lattanzi, David Savelli, Michael Di Palma, Stefania Saccomanno, Desirée Bartolini, Pierangelo Torquato, Gabriele Ruffolo, Fabiola Olivieri, Francesco Galli, Eleonora Palma, Andrea Minelli, Riccardo Cuppini
Seizure-triggered maladaptive neural plasticity and neuroinflammation occur during the latent period as a key underlying event in epilepsy chronicization. Previously, we showed that α-tocopherol (α-T) reduces hippocampal neuroglial activation and neurodegeneration in the rat model of kainic acid (KA)-induced status epilepticus (SE). These findings allowed us to postulate an antiepileptogenic potential for α-T in hippocampal excitotoxicity, in line with clinical evidence showing that α-T improves seizure control in drug-resistant patients...
February 22, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Zahre Sajadpoor, Zeinab Amini-Farsani, Hossein Teimori, Mehdi Shamsara, Mohammad Hossein Sangtarash, Payam Ghasemi-Dehkordi, Farrokh Yadollahi
Cisplatin resistance is one of the main limitations in the treatment of ovarian cancer, which is partly mediated by long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs). H19 is a lncRNA involving in cisplatin resistance in cancers. Valproic acid (VPA) is a commonly used drug for clinical treatment of seizure disorders. In addition, this drug may display its effects through regulation of noncoding RNAs controlling gene expression. The aim of the present study was the investigation of VPA treatment effect on H19 expression in ovarian cancer cells and also the relation of the H19 levels with apoptosis and cisplatin resistance...
February 22, 2018: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Jerónimo Auzmendi, Bruno Buchholz, Jimena Salguero, Carlos Cañellas, Jazmín Kelly, Paula Men, Marcela Zubillaga, Alicia Rossi, Amalia Merelli, Ricardo J Gelpi, Alberto J Ramos, Alberto Lazarowski
Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is the major cause of death in those patients suffering from refractory epilepsy (RE), with a 24-fold higher risk relative to the normal population. SUDEP risk increases with seizure frequency and/or seizure-duration as in RE and Status Epilepticus (SE). P-glycoprotein (P-gp), the product of the multidrug resistant ABCB1-MDR-1 gene, is a detoxifying pump that extrudes drugs out of the cells and can confer pharmacoresistance to the expressing cells. Neurons and cardiomyocytes normally do not express P-gp, however, it is overexpressed in the brain of patients or in experimental models of RE and SE...
February 16, 2018: Pharmaceuticals
Trond Myhrer, Espen Mariussen, Pål Aas
Nerve agent-induced seizures can cause varying degrees of neuropathology depending on level of poisoning and duration of seizing. The intention of this review was to validate a novel approach for establishing effective treatment regimens against soman poisoning. Identification of seizure controlling sites in the forebrain of rats poisoned by soman was made by means of lesions, and the anticonvulsive properties of a number of relevant drugs were tested by microinfusions into the identified areas. By using these procedures, procyclidine emerged as the most potent drug...
February 15, 2018: Neurotoxicology
Andrea Domenico Pratico, Martino Ruggieri, Raffaele Falsaperla, Piero Pavone
Topiramate is a well-known anticonvulsant drug with a broad spectrum of actions. It has been proposed in the treatment of several types of epileptic seizures both in monotherapy and in add-on. Its usage has been extended to other disorders including migraine, essential tremor, obesity, alcohol and drug addiction. The most frequent side-effects of topiramate include dizziness, somnolence, insomnia, and ataxia. Paraesthesia, metabolic acidosis, kidney stones, hypohidrosis, cognitive impairment and eye symptoms have been also reported...
February 12, 2018: Current Drug Safety
Sattar Ostadhadi, Abouzar Moradi, Samira Zolfaghari, Vahid Nikoui, Ahmad Reza Dehpour
Organophosphates (OPs) and carbamates are acetylcholine esterase inhibitors (AChEIs), which can cause seizure and lethality. Anticonvulsant properties of potassium channel openers including cromakalim have been determined in previous studies. In the present experiment, the possible effect of cromakalim on the convulsion and death induced by OPs and carbamates was studied in mice. Dichlorvos (an OP, 50 mg/kg) and physostigmine (a carbamate, 2 mg/kg) were used to induce seizure in animals. Cromakalim at doses of 0...
January 2018: Acta Medica Iranica
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