Category: "Medicine"

Lamotrigine Monotherapy in Epilepsy: What’s the Optimal Dose?

Lamotrigine Monotherapy in Epilepsy: What’s the Optimal Dose?

A new study analysis suggests that for patients taking the antiepileptic drug (AED) lamotrigine as monotherapy, escalating dosage from the start of treatment may result in better efficacy. Up until now, the optimal dose of lamotrigine, when given as monotherapy, had yet to be determined. The study, conducted using retrospective data from two epilepsy medical […]

Experimental drug candidate may aid traumatic brain injury patients

Experimental drug candidate may aid traumatic brain injury patients

A new report by University of Kentucky researcher Linda Van Eldik, PhD, describes an experimental drug candidate that may aid patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). The article appeared this week in the journal PLoS One, the world’s largest biology journal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls, motor vehicle collisions, […]

FDA-funded study supports generic substitution of epilepsy drugs

We posted an article on this earlier and had questions on who did the study.  Here is your answer. Are all generic drugs created alike? That’s a question that patients, doctors, and pharmacists have debated for years, when weighing whether to shift patients from name brand products to their more cost-effective generic counterparts. Researchers are now more comfortable than ever […]

Generics Compared Against Each Other, No Difference Found

Generics Compared Against Each Other, No Difference Found

Study confirms no detectable difference when switching between generics While approved generics are required to be equivalent to their brand-named counterparts in terms of active ingredients, some may wonder if a switch between generics could cause problems for someone who relies on daily medication to control a severe, chronic condition, like seizures. A new study […]

AES releases new guideline to help physicians treat status epilepticus patients effectively

AES releases new guideline to help physicians treat status epilepticus patients effectively

Status epilepticus – continuous or rapid sequential seizure activity for 30 minutes or more – is a medical emergency with a high mortality rate in both children and adults. Prompt and effective treatment is key; therefore the American Epilepsy Society (AES) has released a new guideline to help physicians, hospitals, and health systems treat patients […]

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