Saturday, April 23, 2011

Aggravation of Severe Myoclonic Epilepsy (SMEI) by Lamotrigine

v Twenty-one SMEI patients (age 2-18 years, mean
9 years)

v Convulsive seizures increased by >50% in 8 of 20
pts, myoclonic seizures worsened in 6 of 18 pts.

v Of 5 pts with improvement in one seizure type, 4
had concomitant worsening of more disabling

v Lamotrigine was withdrawn in 19 pts, with
consequent improvement in 18
R. Guerrini et al, Epilepsia 1998;39, 508-12

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