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Clinical results of and prospects for the use of controlled-release antiepileptic drugs: a new once-daily levetiracetam formulation

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Many antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) have a short half-life (T1/2) with a wide fluctuation from peak to trough blood concentrations. According to this pharmacokinetic profile, there may be both adverse events (AEs) due to the increase in a blood drug concentrations and seizures as a result of its fall, which ultimately lowers patient adherence to therapy.
Pharmaceutical technologies ensuring a delayed release of the active ingredient can make the concentration of a drug more stable and therefore reduce the frequency and severity of AEs, enhance the efficiency of therapy, compliance, and retention of the patient on AEDs. The emergence of a new sustained-release levetiracetam formulation in neurologists' practice greatly enhances the possibilities of epilepsy therapy.

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P. N. Vlasov
A.I. Evdokimov Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry, Ministry of Health of Russia; Moscow Regional Research Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Russian Federation

Department of Nervous System Diseases, Faculty of General Medicine
20, Delegatskaya St., Build. 1, Moscow 127473;

Department of Obstetric Physiology
22a, Pokrovka St., Moscow 101000


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Vlasov P.N. Clinical results of and prospects for the use of controlled-release antiepileptic drugs: a new once-daily levetiracetam formulation. Neurology, Neuropsychiatry, Psychosomatics. 2017;9(3):98-104. (In Russ.)

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