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Study Sheds Light on Safety of Driving With Epilepsy

Posted 5 Dec 2016 by

SUNDAY, Dec. 4, 2016 – People with epilepsy who experienced longer seizures during a simulated driving test may face an increased risk for crashes while on the road, a new study suggests. About 75 percent of people with epilepsy use medication to control their seizures and are able to drive. The remainder of patients typically keep a journal of seizures, noting how long they last, and doctors ...

Newer Epilepsy Drugs May Be Safer During Pregnancy

Posted 1 Sep 2016 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 – Women who take the new epilepsy drugs levetiracetam and topiramate during pregnancy don't run the risk of harming their infant's mental development, British researchers report. But the commonly prescribed anti-seizure drug valproate was linked with lower IQs in children, especially when taken at higher doses, researchers say. "The treatment of epilepsy in women who are ...

FDA Approves First Pill Made by 3D Printing

Posted 4 Aug 2015 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2015 – The age of 3D printing has come to the drug industry, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approving the first pill made with the technology. The agency approved the prescription drug Spritam (levetiracetam) as a 3D-printed pill, to be taken with other medicines for seizures in certain children and adults with epilepsy. According to a news release from ...

High-Pitched Sounds May Trigger Seizures in Cats

Posted 28 Apr 2015 by

TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 – High-pitched sounds may trigger seizures in cats, particularly older felines, a new study says. Although many veterinarians are unaware of this connection, the louder the sound, the more severe the seizure, British researchers contend. Cat owners around the world were surveyed by scientists at University College London's School of Pharmacy, to find out if their pets had ...

Study Weighs Safety of Epilepsy Drugs in Pregnancy

Posted 8 Jan 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2014 – There's long been concern that certain drugs taken to control seizures might be unsafe for use by pregnant women, due to potential effects on the fetus. Now, new British research suggests that the drug levetiracetam does not pose a major risk to the neurological development of the fetus, although there's more evidence that another drug – valproate – may cause some ...

Epilepsy Drugs in Pregnancy May Affect Infants' Fine Motor Skills

Posted 25 Sep 2013 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25 – Young children exposed to epilepsy drugs in the womb are at increased risk of having impaired fine motor skills, according to a new study. Exposure to the drugs in breast milk, however, does not appear to pose a threat. Researchers looked at data collected from Norwegian mothers about their children's language, behavior, and motor and social skills at the ages of 6 months, ...

UCB Announces FDA Approval for Keppra in Infants and Children from One Month of Age with Partial Onset Seizures

Posted 26 Jan 2012 by

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 25, 2012 - UCB announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Keppra (levetiracetam) tablets and oral solution as adjunctive therapy in the treatment of partial onset seizures in adults and children one month of age and older with epilepsy. Keppra was previously approved in the U.S. as adjunctive therapy for partial onset seizures in ...

Newer Epilepsy Meds Less Likely to Cause Birth Defects: Study

Posted 17 May 2011 by

TUESDAY, May 17 – Newer epilepsy medications don't increase the risk of major birth defects in women taking these drugs during the first trimester of pregnancy, according to new research. But because the drugs are relatively new, further studies are needed to get a clearer picture of their safety profile, experts said. In a large study of children born in Denmark, including those exposed to ...

Epilepsy Drugs Don't Raise Suicide Risk, Study Shows

Posted 5 Aug 2010 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 4 – In 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration required epilepsy medications to bear a warning label about an increased risk of suicidal behaviors. The move came after an agency review of 199 studies that found patients taking the drugs showed about twice the risk of suicidal behavior. But now a study of more than 5 million patients contradicts the FDA's findings. It suggests ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Keppra (levetiracetam) Tablets and Oral Solution

Posted 8 Oct 2003 by

FDA and UCB Pharma advised healthcare professionals of the risk of dispensing errors between KEPPRA (levetiracetam), an antiepileptic, and KALETRA (lopinavir/ritonavir), an antiretroviral. Patients with epilepsy who do not receive their antiepileptic drug due to a dispensing error would be inadequately treated and could experience serious consequences, including status epilepticus. [September, ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Antiepileptic Drugs

Posted 5 May 2009 by

[UPDATE 05/05/2009] FDA notified healthcare professionals that it approved updated labeling for antiepileptic drugs used to treat epilepsy, psychiatric disorders, and other conditions (e.g., migraine and neuropathic pain syndromes). FDA also required development of a medication guide, to be issued to patients each time the product is dispensed. Since issuing safety alerts on December 16, 2008 and ...

FDA Adds Suicide Warning to Epilepsy Drugs

Posted 16 Dec 2008 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 16 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it was adding a label warning on heightened suicide risk for users of antiepileptic drugs. The move, which follows the advice last summer of an FDA advisory panel, stops short of slapping the strongest "black box" warning on this class of drugs, which includes widely used medications such as clonazepam (Klonopin), ...

Keppra XR Approved for Partial-Onset Seizures

Posted 15 Sep 2008 by

MONDAY, Sept. 15 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved an extended release form of Keppra (levetiracetam) as an add-on treatment for people with epileptic seizures aged 16 and older, Belgian drug maker UCB said Monday. "While many people with epilepsy are successfully treated with one or more of the currently available anti-epileptic drugs, a significant percentage still live with ...

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