Review of Levetiracetam as a First Line Treatment in Status Epilepticus in the Adult Patients - What Do We Know so Far?

With the advent of new antiepileptic drugs comes the potential for significant advances in the emergent management of status epilepticus. Traditional antiepileptic drugs possess side effect profiles that may limit their clinical utility or lead to increased patient morbidity or mortality. The relatively recent development of levetiracetam shows promise for effective control of acute status epilepticus in adults, but current objective data of its use as a first-line agent for control of status is quite limited. This paper serves to examine existing literature while considering levetiracetam as a first-line therapy in status in the adult patient population. Although existing studies are narrow in their scope, the present data lay a substantial foundation for further investigation of levetiracetam as a primary therapy in acute status epilepticus.
AuthorsHae Won Shin, Robin Davis
JournalFrontiers in neurology (Front Neurol) Vol. 4 Pg. 111 ( 2013) ISSN: 1664-2295 [Electronic] Switzerland
PMID23935593 (Publication Type: Journal Article)

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