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An open-label prospective clinical study of the efficacy and tolerability of brand-name and generic levetiracetam in the monotherapy of focal epilepsy in adults

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Objective: to comparatively evaluate the clinical efficacy and tolerability of monotherapy with levetiracetam (LEV), a brand-name drug (bLEV; Keppra, UCB Pharma, Belgium) and its generic (gLEV;  Epiterra, TEVA, Israel) in adolescent (over 16 years of age) and adult patients with focal epilepsy (FE) during a one-year follow-up period.

Patients and methods. The patients were divided into two groups: 1) bLEV (n = 143) and 2) gLEV (n = 63). Group 2 received monotherapy with gLEV at baseline, or was switched to it from  another drug within the international nonproprietary name, or to LEV from monotherapy with another antiepileptic drug (AED) due to  inefficiency and/or poor tolerability. The median doses of bLEV and  gLEV were 1000 and 1500 mg/day, respectively.

Results and discussion. The results of the clinical trial suggest that LEV shows high efficacy and excellent tolerance in FE therapy. The clinical efficacy of bLEV and gLEV at 12-month follow-up was  high and amounted to 82.5% for the two dosage forms. The  frequency of adverse events was 17.5% for both bLEV and gLEV. The median dose of LEV was 1000 mg/day for Group 1 and 1500 mg/day for Group 2. Higher LEV doses in Group 2 patients were probably  due to their longer disease duration. All patients taking LEV had an  excellent or good quality of life and, when switched from other AEDs,  showed even an improvement. The comparability of clinical  results suggests that there may be bLEV to gLEV and gLEV to bLEV  switches, especially during forced drug supply disruptions; however,  this substitution should be done only after mandatorily discussing  this matter with the patient and telling him about all possible  consequences of this substitution. 

About the Authors

V. A. Karlov
A.I. Evdokimov Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry, Ministry of Health of Russia
Russian Federation
20, Delegatskaya St., Build. 1, Moscow 127473

P. N. Vlasov
A.I. Evdokimov Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry, Ministry of Health of Russia
Russian Federation
20, Delegatskaya St., Build. 1, Moscow 127473

I. A. Zhidkova
A.I. Evdokimov Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry, Ministry of Health of Russia
Russian Federation
20, Delegatskaya St., Build. 1, Moscow 127473


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Karlov V.A., Vlasov P.N., Zhidkova I.A. An open-label prospective clinical study of the efficacy and tolerability of brand-name and generic levetiracetam in the monotherapy of focal epilepsy in adults. Neurology, Neuropsychiatry, Psychosomatics. 2018;10(1S):12-17. (In Russ.)

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