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Simple partial seizure?

• There is no loss of
• Often there is abnormal
activity of a single limb
or muscle group.


Complex partial seizure?

• There is loss of consciousness.
• Motor dysfunction may involve chewing
movements, diarrhea, urination.


Partial with secondarily generalized tonic-clonic seizure?

• The partial seizure evolves into a tonic clonic seizure with loss of consciousness.


Generalized tonic-clonic seizures?

• No evidence of localized onset.
• They may be convulsive or non-convulsive.
• There is immediate loss of consciousness.


Absent seizures (generalized)?

• Brief, abrupt and self-limiting loss of consciousness.
• The patient stares and exhibits rapid eye-blinking.

EEG - 3 Hz spike-and-wave pattern emerges abruptly and ceases after a few seconds


Mechanisms of seizures?

1. trigger seizures - GABAa antagonists or glutamate agonist
2. inhibit seizure - GABAa enhancement or glutamate receptor antagonists


General MOA of anti-epileptic drugs?

1. blockage of VG ion channels - VG Na+ and T-type Ca2+
2. modulation of synaptic transmission


Drugs that block VG Na+ channels?

1. phenytoin
2. carbamazepine
3. Lamotrigine
4. Zonisamide
5. Phenobarital, valproate, topiramate?

**blocking VG Na+ channels blocks AP and therefore glutamate release


Drugs that block T-type Ca2+ channels?

Absence seizures involve oscillatory neuronal activity b/t thalamus and cortex that uses T-type Ca2+ channels.

Ethosuximide and Valproate inhibit the Ty-type Ca2_ channels and are therefore effective against absence seizures.


Drugs that enhance GABAergic neurotransmission postsynaptically?

Direct action on GABAa receptors..
1. benzodiazepines
2. barbiturates
3. Topiramate


Drugs that enhance GABAergic neurotransmission presynaptically?

1. inhibit GABA reuptake - Tiagabine
2. inhibit GABA degradation (GABA aminotransferase) - Vigabatrin


Drugs that reduce glutamatergic neurotransmission postsynaptically?

Phenobarbital an Topiramate - block glutamate receptors


Drugs that reduce glutamatergic neurotransmission presynaptically?

1. Gabapentin and pregabalin - decrease glutamate release by blocking VG Ca2+ channels
2. Levetiracetam - binds synaptic vesicle glycoprotein 2A (SV2A) - may affect release of glutamate and GABA - very unclear as to what it does other than binding to protein in the vesicle membrane


Drugs used in partial and secondarily Generalized tonic-clonic seizures?

• Carbamazepine -
• Oxcarbazepine-
• Levetiracetam
• Zonisamide
• Phenytoin -
• Valproate -
• Lamotrigine -
• Topiramate -
• Phenobarbital

All of the ones with (-) you can use for generalized tonic clonic seizures.


DOC of absence seizures?

Ethosuximide and Valproate

If on top of absence seizure there are tonic-clonic seizures - use Valproate NOT ethosuximide

If absence seizures are atypical (look like absence seizures, but lack of the 3Hz EEG pattern) - use Valproate over ethosuximide

**Lamotrigine is a newer drug that has recently become popular and may be effective


DOC of myoclonic seizures?

2nd line - Topiramate
Adjuvant - Levetiracetam


Tx of atonic seizures?

Valproate and Lamotrigine


Tx of febrile convulsions?

If seizure lasts less than 15 minutes, tx is supportive. If seizure lasts more than 15 minutes, pharmacological tx is needed to prevent brain damage.

Tx - diazepam given IV or as a rectal solution


Tx of status epilepticus?

1. IV lorazepam
2. if seizure continues - IV phenytoin or Fosphenytoin (soluble with better bioavailability)
3. if seizure continues - IV phenobarbital
4. if seizure continues - general anesthesia with IV midazolam, propofol or barbiturates


Manage convulsive episode in non-epileptic pts?

Diazepam, Lorazepam, or phenobarbital


Tx of breakthrough seizure?

Seizures experienced by epileptic pt who is already on antiepileptic therapy.

Tx - diazepam rectal gel supplied as a pre-filled syringe


Which anti-epileptic drug induces cytochrome P450?

Oxcarbazepine (similar to carbamazepine) - weak inducer


AE Valproate?

• Hepatotoxicity.
• Inhibits cytochrome P450.
• Inhibits metabolism of several drugs.
• Inhibits its own metabolism.


AE phenytoin?

• Diplopia, ataxia.
• Gingival hyperplasia******
• Coarsening of facial features in children.
• Hirsutism.
• Rash. Stevens-Johnson Syndrome.
• Zero order kinetics of elimination.


Which anti-epiletpics have high risk of rash and Stevens-Johnson syndrome?

1. phenytoin
2. lamotrigine (**black box warning that first sign of rash should lead to discontinuation)***
3. carbamazepine
4. phenobarbital


AE phenobarbital?

• Sedation, drowsiness.
• Rash. Stevens-Johnson syndrome.
• Tolerance, dependence.
• Cognitive impairment, hyperactivity.
• P450 inducer.

**Primidone is metabolized to phenobarbital so it has similar AE effects


Vigabatrin AE?

Irreversible visual field loss


AE Felbamate?

• Aplastic anemia
• Hepatotoxicity
• Only use for For refractory epilepsy**


Most dangerous effect of large anti-epileptic medication overdose?

Respiratory depression - esp with phenobarbital?


Which anti-epileptics should be used during pregnancy?

Increasd risk of congenital malformationsin infantsorn of women taking anti-seizure drugs.

Valproate - has the highest rate of fetal malformations compared to other anti-epileptic drugs

**use folic acid to reduce incidence of amlformations


Newborn hemorrhagic disease?

Enzyme-inducing anti-epiletpic drugs may increased degradation of vitamin K in the fetus leading to bleeding in the newborn infant. The mother should take vitamin K supplementation in the final months of pregnancy for the newborn.


What is the effect of the ketogenic diet on epilepsy management?

-high fat content and extremely low carb content produces ketosis
-ketosis suppresses the seizures
-exact MOA is unclear


What is the effect of vagus nerve stimulation on epilepsy management?

Intermittent electrical stimulation of the left vagus nerve with an implanted pacemaker-like device that pt can activate when a seizure is coming and it stops the seizures.