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Promising single-drug therapy for hard-to-control epilepsy

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UC Davis study finds single-drug therapy effective for adults with epilepsy.
   

Two studies by physicians at UC Davis Medical Center have found that levetiracetam, an antiepileptic drug typically used in combination with other drugs, is effective as a single therapy for adult and elderly patients. The studies, presented at the American Epilepsy Society conference in Boston, are significant because single-drug therapy is a much easier course of treatment and may be an option for some 13 million epilepsy patients worldwide who currently use multiple medications to control epileptic seizures.

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by seizures. Its cause is only partially understood.

"We found that levetiracetam monotherapy can be effective and well-tolerated in adults with new onset and difficult-to-control epilepsy and that most patients were able to remain seizure-free at one-year follow-up," said Taoufik M. Alsaadi, assistant professor of neurology and director of the UC Davis Epilepsy Treatment Center.

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