Epilepsy drug's safety reviewed over pregnancy risk

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(MedPage Today) -- Not using folic acid before and during pregnancy increased risks substantially
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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 -- Drugs taken in pregnancy to prevent epilepsy seizures can raise the risk of language delays in children. But new research shows that folic acid supplements can cut that risk. One U.S. ob/gyn said the finding has real...
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We report the case of a 34-year-old pregnant woman at the 25th weeks of amenorrhea, who presented a super-refractory epileptic-status due to a right schizencephaly. The diagnosis of eclampsia was excluded. This case report is very particular cause of the late appearance of epileptic seizures in this pregnant woman who has never done so.
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In conclusion, these findings support the current understanding that LEV may be a feasible option for PWWE.
Source: Acta Neurologica Belgica - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: The use of population registers allows a better knowledge of cerebral palsy as well as the evaluation and development of prevention strategies and optimization of care resources with objective data. It is necessary to generalize the use of this type of records in our environment. PMID: 30047119 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Revista de Neurologia - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Rev Neurol Source Type: research
Abstract Depot medications have been used for long-term treatment of many different medical conditions (schizophrenia, opioid addiction) and for prevention of pregnancy (birth control). In addition, proposals for depot medication for antidepressants have been made as a possible treatment for chronic depression. For the treatment of chronic epilepsy, there are currently no depot antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). However, there may be a role for them. Depot AEDs could improve medication adherence rates, thereby reducing the morbidity and mortality that are associated with ongoing seizures. This could help to reduce hospit...
Source: Epilepsy and Behaviour - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Epilepsy Behav Source Type: research
Conclusion: Americans' view of marijuana use is more favorable than existing evidence supports. Primary Funding Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. PMID: 30039154 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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DiscussionFurther work is required to ascertain which family factors are associated with child development in addition to the effects of AED exposure and their potential interaction. As epilepsy may have considerable impact on intrafamily factors and as children are especially vulnerable to such effects, study designs incorporating family factors should be encouraged.
Source: Epilepsy and Behavior - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
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