Navigation Links
Epilepsy Drugs Can Cause Suicidal Tendencies, FDA Panel Finds
Date:7/10/2008

Backs agency review of 11 anti-seizure drugs that showed double the risk

THURSDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- Anti-seizure drugs can cause increased suicidal tendencies in patients, a U.S. health advisory panel concluded Thursday.

The 20-member panel of experts voted unanimously to back the findings on 11 antiepileptic drugs studied by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Associated Press reported.

In late January, the FDA announced an agency review of 199 studies comparing the drugs, which are used by millions, to placebos. That review found that patients taking the drugs had about twice the risk of suicidal behavior compared with patients taking a placebo. In fact, of the almost 44,000 patients in the studies, four people taking antiepileptic drugs committed suicide while none of the patients receiving a placebo did.

"We have been looking at these drugs since 2005," FDA spokeswoman Sandy Walsh said at the time. "We have just come to the conclusion that it's time to alert health-care providers."

The drugs under review were: Carbamazepine (marketed as Carbatrol, Equetro, Tegretol, Tegretol XR), Felbamate (marketed as Felbatol), Gabapentin (marketed as Neurontin), Lamotrigine (marketed as Lamictal), Levetiracetam (marketed as Keppra), Oxcarbazepine (marketed as Trileptal), Pregabalin (marketed as Lyrica), Tiagabine (marketed as Gabitril), Topiramate (marketed as Topamax), Valproate (marketed as Depakote, Depakote ER, Depakene, Depacon) and Zonisamide (marketed as Zonegran). Some of these drugs are also available as generics.

According to the FDA, antiepileptic drugs are used to treat epilepsy, bipolar disorder, migraine headaches and other conditions.

As of now, the FDA is advising patients not to make any changes in their medication without talking to their doctor, Walsh said in January. "Caregivers should pay close attention to changes in mood, behavior and actions," she said. "They should be aware of the development of these symptoms."

One expert is on record as supporting the FDA move.

"This is not new, it's something that has been known for a long time," Epilepsy Foundation Vice President John Schneider said earlier this year.

Schneider noted that some people with epilepsy may be clinically depressed, so it's hard to tell whether it's the medication or the condition that is causing the suicidal behavior.

"Patients need to know their medications," Schneider said. "The goal should be no seizures and no side effects."

But another expert found the association between antiepileptic medicines and suicide surprising.

"We do know that the incidence of comorbid affective [emotional] disorders and risk of suicide is higher in patients with epilepsy compared with the general population, and therefore it is not surprising to see higher incidence of suicide in the FDA report," said Dr. Gholam Motamedi, director of the Epilepsy Service at Georgetown University Hospital, in Washington, D.C.

However, the data showing a raised risk of suicide with medication use is surprising, Motamedi said.

"It's also surprising to attribute suicide to the antiepileptic drugs, per se, because a good number of these drugs are used in psychiatry for their positive effects on mood and depression," Motamedi said. "Nevertheless, this emphasizes the importance of screening for signs and symptoms of depression and suicidal tendencies in the epilepsy clinics."

More information

For more on epilepsy, visit the Epilepsy Foundation.



SOURCES: Sandy Walsh, spokeswoman, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; John Schneider, vice president, Epilepsy Foundation, Landover, Md.; Gholam Motamedi, M.D., associate professor, neurology, and director, Epilepsy Service, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C.


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Some Epilepsy Patients Are Good Candidates for Surgery
2. Ovation further advances development pipeline with new phase III epilepsy study
3. A childs IQ could be affected by maternal epilepsy
4. Research shows how genetic mutation causes epilepsy in infants
5. Epilepsy Drug Holds Promise as Treatment for Alcoholism
6. Lamotrigine May Reduce Epilepsy Seizures
7. Childhood epilepsy research offers new hope for seizure control
8. Epilepsy drugs may cause sexual disorders
9. Quality of life study examines burden of epilepsy
10. Epilepsy-induced brain cell damage prevented in the laboratory
11. Epilepsy genes may cancel each other
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Epilepsy Drugs Can Cause Suicidal Tendencies, FDA Panel Finds
(Date:12/4/2016)... , ... December 04, 2016 , ... Are You Concerned ... the most certified and experienced Indoor Air Quality Companies in VA, MD and DC, ... Regulations. , The new mold law in the district of Columbia is ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... Calif. (PRWEB) , ... December 02, 2016 , ... On ... at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego honoring the 2016 MPN Heroes—eight individuals who ... neoplasms (MPNs) by going above and beyond the standard of care, demonstrating leadership within ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... Center for Autism and ... of those affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. The group, ... will give parents and other caregivers the opportunity to share stories and advice, seek ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) , ... December 02, ... ... and reconstructive surgeon in Beverly Hills, California, will be included in the 2016 ... is given to exceptional professionals based on the amalgamation of their education, experience, ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... Universal Medical ... systems and the first company to offer robotic imaging to veterinary medicine is ... booth # 941 for the American Association of Equine Practitioners 62nd Annual Convention ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/2/2016)... 2016 Orthopedic Implants (Including Spinal Implants, ... to Gain a Significant Market Share Owing to a Large ... ... According to a new report by Persistence ... Packaging: Clamshell Product Type Segment Projected to Witness a Significantly ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... YORK , December 2, 2016 ... 5,251.11, down 1.36%; the Dow Jones Industrial Average edged 0.36% ... at 2,191.08, down 0.35%. Losses were broad based as six ... Stock-Callers.com has initiated research reports on the following Services equities: ... (NASDAQ: QGEN ), INC Research Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... , Dec. 1, 2016 Around the ... country, region and each habitable land present over earth. ... every individual once in a life time this is ... care available until now. Given the steady increase in ... together with the spiraling healthcare costs of treatment, there ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: