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  1. Weight Gain HALTED by Valproic Acid (Depakote)

    Weight Gain HALTED by Valproic Acid (Depakote)

    Common epilepsy drug helps combat obesity in early studies: Discoveries CLEVELAND, Ohio — The anticonvulsant valproic acid, sold under the brand name Depakote, helped halt weight gain and reverse the negative medical effects of obesity in mice, according to new research from Johns Hopkins University. The study, published online Wednesday in...

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  2. Epilepsy drug turns out to help adults acquire perfect pitch and learn language like kids

    Epilepsy drug turns out to help adults acquire perfect pitch and learn language like kids

    A team of researchers from across the globe believe they have discovered a means of re-opening “critical periods” in brain development, allowing adults to acquire abilities — such as perfect pitch or fluency in language — that could previously only be acquired early in life. According to the study in Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, the...

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  3. Vitamin D and calcium improves bone density in male veterans treated with AEDs

    Vitamin D and calcium improves bone density in male veterans treated with AEDs

    A recent prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial reports that calcium and vitamin D supplementation improves bone density in a group of male veterans with epilepsy who were treated chronically with anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs). The results published in Epilepsia, a journal of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), suggest that risedronate, a bisphosphonate, may help to prevent new vertebral...

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  4. Study Looks At Complications Of Vagal Nerve Stimulation For Drug-Resistant Epilepsy

    Study Looks At Complications Of Vagal Nerve Stimulation For Drug-Resistant Epilepsy

    Patients who undergo vagal nerve stimulation to treat drug-resistant epilepsy may experience certain complications and repeat surgeries should be avoided wherever possible, scientists have claimed. Researchers at Umea University Hospital in Sweden conducted a study to assess the complications that may occur following this treatment, in which a stimulator device is implanted...

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  5. Drug warning: Epilepsy drug Potiga linked to skin and eye abnormalities (Video)

    Drug warning: Epilepsy drug Potiga linked to skin and eye abnormalities (Video)

    On April 26, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert regarding the anti-seizure medication Potiga (ezogabine). Potiga is used to treat partial-onset seizures in adults with epilepsy. Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes recurring seizures. Approximately 60,000people in Connecticut have epilepsy. One out of every ten people will experience a seizure at...

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  6. The Lowdown on Phenytoin

    The Lowdown on Phenytoin

    One of the most commonly prescribed antiepileptic drugs is phenytoin, otherwise known as the brand name of Dilantin®. This medication which was discovered in 1938 was found to be one of the earliest agents with a potential to stop seizures, yet without causing sedation. As a result and because there...

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