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    1. New Epilepsy Drug Potiga Gets FDA Panel Nod

      Aug. 11, 2010 -- Potiga, a new epilepsy drug, should be approved in the U.S. as an add-on treatment, an FDA expert advisory panel today voted. Potiga, known generically as ezogabine in the U.S. and as retigabine elsewhere, works differently than current epilepsy drugs. That's a good thing, as about

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    2. Study: No Proof of Epilepsy Drug Suicide Risk

      Aug. 4, 2010 -- Drugs used by epilepsy patients to control seizures now carry a warning that the medications may increase the risk for suicide, but a newly published analysis involving more than 5 million people finds no evidence of such a risk. The study is the latest to challenge a 2008 research r

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    3. Certain Epilepsy Drugs Linked to Suicide

      July 26, 2010 -- New research challenges the idea that all epilepsy drugs are associated with an increased risk for suicide. The study found that certain newer epilepsy medications, but not older ones, were linked to an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in patients taking the drugs f

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    4. Birth Defects Linked to Valproic Acid

      June 9, 2010 -- Women with epilepsy who take valproic acid during the first trimester of pregnancy are more likely to have children with birth defects than women who took other epilepsy drugs or no medicine to control their seizures during pregnancy. The findings appear in the June 10 issue of the N

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    5. Deep Brain Stimulation Stops Seizures

      March 18, 2010 -- Deep brain stimulation may offer a new treatment option for fighting epileptic seizures in those who don't respond well to other therapies. A new study shows deep brain stimulation, which involves implanting tiny electrodes in the brain that release electrical pulses, reduced the f

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    6. Zarontin Gets High Marks for Kids' Epilepsy

      March 4, 2010 -- One of the oldest drugs used to treat the most common form of pediatric epilepsy is also the most effective, a study shows. As many as 17% of children with epilepsy have absence seizures, also known as petit mal seizures, which involve brief but frequent staring spells that can occu

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    7. Epilepsy Medications: When Is It Safe to Substitute a Generic?

      The FDA says generic epilepsy drugs are no different from generic drugs for other conditions: virtually identical to brand-name drugs in their effects. Therefore, there's no problem substituting generic drugs for epilepsy. But many doctors who specialize in treating epilepsy don't agree. For a small

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    8. Actor Greg Grunberg Steps Up for Epilepsy

      On the NBC show Heroes, Greg Grunberg plays an ordinary guy with extraordinary powers. In real life, he credits astonishing powers to his 13-year-old son, Jake, who has lived with epilepsy for the past five years. Epilepsy, a neurological condition that affects 3 million Americans (350,000 of them a

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    9. Panel: Avoid Epilepsy Drug in Pregnancy

      April 27, 2009 (Seattle) -- Women with epilepsy should avoid taking the drug valproate (Depakote) during pregnancy if possible, according to new guidelines developed by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Epilepsy Society. "There is good evidence that valproate, whether used by

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    10. Epilepsy Drug Linked to Babies' Lower IQ

      April 15, 2009 -- Women with epilepsy who took the drug valproate (Depakote) during pregnancy gave birth to children whose IQ at age 3 averaged up to 9 points lower than the scores of children exposed to other epilepsy drugs, according to a new study. "Valproate exposure to the unborn child is assoc

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