In this double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, international study, researchers assessed the effectiveness and safety of pregabalin as adjunctive treatment for children (aged 4-16 years) with partial-onset seizures, termed focal onset seizures for this investigation. The criteria for selection included focal onset seizures and a stable regimen of 1 to 3 antiepileptic drugs. Pregabalin 2.5 mg/kg/d, 10 mg/kg/d or placebo were used in the study, with doses increased to 3.5 or 14 mg/kg/d for subjects weighing <30 kg. According to findings, pregabalin 10 mg/kg/d was effective in reducing the seizure frequency in children with focal onset seizures vs placebo, and both doses of pregabalin were generally safe and well tolerated. Common adverse events included somnolence, increased weight and increased appetite.
September 28, 2021
CURE Epilepsy Discovery: Optimizing Brain Stimulation for People with Drug-Resistant Epilepsy
Taking Flight grantee Dr. Ankit Khambhati and colleagues at the University of California – San Francisco sought to understand why some people with drug-resistant epilepsy respond better than others to responsive neurostimulation (RNS) therapy.
September 24, 2021
A Possible New Pathway for Treating Epileptic Seizures in Patients with Autism
Autism affects about 2% of children in the United States, and about 30% of these children have seizures. Recent large-scale genetic studies revealed that genetic variants in a sodium channel, called voltage-gated sodium channel Nav1.2, is a leading cause of autism. Overactive sodium channels in the neuron cause seizures.