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Briviact Approved for Epileptic Seizures

Posted 24 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2016 – Briviact (brivaracetam) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat partial onset seizures in people aged 16 and older with epilepsy. Partial onset seizures describe those that originate in a limited area of the brain, the FDA said Friday in a news release. Epilepsy, a common disorder believed to affect more than 5 million people in the United States, is characterized by recurring seizures, with typical symptoms including uncontrolled movement, muscle spasms and abnormal behavior. Common causes of epilepsy include stroke, infection, tumors, brain injury and abnormal brain development, the FDA said. In many cases, no cause can be identified, the agency added. Briviact, taken with other medications, was evaluated in clinical studies involving more than 1,500 people. Common side effects included drowsiness, dizziness and nausea. As with ... Read more

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FDA Approves Briviact (brivaracetam) to Treat Partial Onset Seizures

Posted 24 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

February 19, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday approved Briviact (brivaracetam) as an add-on treatment to other medications to treat partial onset seizures in patients age 16 years and older with epilepsy. Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes people to have recurring seizures. A seizure is an episode, usually of relatively short duration, of abnormal brain activity. Seizures can cause a variety of symptoms, including uncontrolled movements or spasms, abnormal thinking and behavior, and abnormal sensations. Muscle spasms can be violent, and loss of consciousness can occur. Seizures occur when clusters of nerve cells (neurons) in the brain undergo uncontrolled activation. A partial onset seizure begins in a limited area of the brain. “Patients can have different responses to the various seizure medicines that are available,” said Billy Dunn, M.D., director of t ... Read more

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