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Data Lacking to Explain Why US Doctors Prefer Keppra to Treat Pediatric Epilepsy

Doctors have several anti-seizure options to treat epilepsy, but little data exists to show which of these treatments is best for children. Nevertheless, according to a recent study on therapies prescribed for children under 3 with epilepsy, doctors in the U.S. appear to prefer Keppra (levetiracetam) as either a first or second option for treatment.

Keppra Taken During Pregnancy Shown To Not Be Linked with Developmental Delays

A new study finds that the epilepsy drug levetiracetam (Brand Name Keppra) appears not to be associated with thinking, movement and language problems for preschool children born to mothers who took the drug during pregnancy, although the drug valproate was associated with some difficulties in preschoolers. The study is published in the January 8, 2013, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “These results are heartening, as the use of levetiracetam has increased in recent years, but there has been limited information on its effect on the thinking, movement and language abilities of children. However this is the first study to look at the effects of levetiracetam and further research is needed before we can be certain there are no associa...

Cannabis: The First-Line Medication For Treating Childhood Epilepsy?

“A little less panicky, but more tired than ever before.  So violent with biting, hitting and scratching, ripping the leads off, and just wanting to crawl out of his skin with not being able to sit still…. No sleep for either Jaxs or I. Every time he fell asleep, then 20 minutes later a seizure. So, he fought sleep and had that panicked ‘I am dying’ fear in his eyes that expressed so much confusion and loss at what was happening. Most helpless I have felt so far in 14 years.” -From the journal of Jennie Stormes   The words are chilling, heartbreaking, every parent’s worst nightmare. Jaxs hasDravet Syndrome, a rare, incurable form of severe childhood epilepsy.

NPR Features Epilepsy: Keeping Kids Seizure-Free

This morning, Monday June 10, 2013 the National Public Radio has featured pediatric epilepsy in a segment entitled: “With Epilepsy Treatment, The Goal Is To Keep Kids Seizure-Free” The segment features a Washington D.C. family who has a child with epilepsy,2-year-old Barton Holmes. The story explains how they learned of young Barton’s Epilepsy and how the family manages his seizure disorder. Excerpt: “Barton Holmes was 16 months old when he had his first seizure. “He was convulsing and his eyes were rolling in the back of his head,” his mother, Catherine McEaddy Holmes, says. “His lips were blue. I thought he was dying.” The seizure ended in less than a minute. And by the time an ambulance arrived, Barton was back to his old self. Even so, do...

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