Antiepileptics

Drug Keppra: Adjunctive Therapy for Epilepsy

Brand Name: Keppra Active Ingredient: levetiracetam Indication: Adjunctive therapy for patients with partial onset epileptic seizures Company Name: UCB Pharma, Inc Availability: Approved for marketing in the US on December 1, 1999 Keppra: Introduction More than 2 million…

Clonazepam

(British Approved Name, US Adopted Name, rINN) Drug Nomenclature International Nonproprietary Names (INNs) in main languages (French, Latin, Russian, and Spanish): Synonyms: Clonazepam; Clonazepamum; Klonatsepaami; Klonazepám; Klonazepam; Klonazepamas; Ro-5-4023 BAN: Clonazepam USAN: Clonazepam INN: Clonazepam [rINN (en)] INN:…

GABA agonists: drugs for epilepsy

Epilepsy is a chronic neurologic disorder that may result from brain injury, developmental malformation, or a genetic abnormality. It is characterized by recurrent seizures caused by sudden, excessive electrical activity in the brain. Seizures are classified as generalized,…

Depakote and Epilepsy – Question – Answer

Question. My 10-year-old daughter has just been prescribed Depakote for absence epilepsy. How will this drug affect her quality of life? We are particularly concerned with her ability to learn and continue to be creative/intellegent. Answer. My experience…

Parenteral fosphenytoin, diazepam rectal gel for refractory seizures, status epilepticus

Status epilepticus is a persistent, generalized tonic-clonic seizure that occurs in some 60,000 Americans each year, primarily children but also frequently people over age 60. One third of patients are known epileptics and one third have no history…

Carbamazepine

(British Approved Name, US Adopted Name, rINN) Drug Nomenclature International Nonproprietary Names (INNs) in main languages (French, Latin, Russian, and Spanish): Synonyms: Carbamazepina; Carbamazepinum; G–32883; Karbamatsepiini; Karbamazepin; Karbamazepinas BAN: Carbamazepine USAN: Carbamazepine INN: Carbamazepine [rINN (en)] INN: Carbamazepina…

Antiepileptics – Question – Answer

Question. How many double blind studies have been done on the use of antiepileptics for rapid cyclers? If anxiety is a factor, what other drugs should be used with them? Answer. There are now four main anticonvulsant (anti-epileptic)…

Drug Zonegran for Epilepsy

Brand Name: Zonegran Active Ingredient: zonisamide Indication: Adjunctive therapy in the treatment of partial seizures in adults with epilepsy Company Name: Elan Corporation, plc Availability: Approved by FDA on March 28, 2000; Zonegran has been marketed under the…

Clobazam

(British Approved Name, US Adopted Name, rINN) Drug Nomenclature International Nonproprietary Names (INNs) in main languages (French, Latin, Russian, and Spanish): Synonyms: Clobazamum; H-4723; HR-376; Klobatsaami; Klobazam; Klobazamas; LM-2717 BAN: Clobazam USAN: Clobazam INN: Clobazam [rINN (en)] INN:…

Review of psychometric studies

The interest in the cognitive side-effects of antiepileptic drug treatment is of relatively recent origin and the first studies are from the 1970s,probably stimulated bythe widening range of possibilities for drug treatment during that period; valproate and carbamazepine…