Levetiracetam as alternative stage two antiepileptic drug in status epilepticus: A systematic review
2012 (English)In: Seizure, ISSN 1059-1311, Vol. 21, no 4, 233-236 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Background: The role of new antiepileptic drugs (AED) in the treatment of status epilepticus (SE) is of interest, especially in benzodiazepine-resistant status epilepticus where phenytoin is deemed inappropriate due to allergy or comorbidity. Levetiracetam (LEV) is a new AED with few side effects. It is easy to administer. Reports exist of its use in SE in adults.
Aims: To clarify the evidence for use of LEV as an alternative stage two AED in treatment of SE by a systematic review of the literature.
Method: An online MEDLINE search identified 118 articles. The abstracts were screened for studies written in English, in which (1) at least two adults had been treated, and (2) LEV had been administered intravenously as the first AED, on its own or together with benzodiazepines. Ten studies were included.
Results: Out of the ten studies, seven were retrospective observational, two prospective observational, and one prospective randomized. The studies described a total of 334 patients. The most common reason for administrating LEV was that standard treatment was deemed inappropriate. The efficacy ranged from 44% to 94%, with higher efficacy reported in the retrospective studies.
Conclusions: The evidence for use of LEV as an alternative stage two AED in SE is limited. The higher efficacy reported in retrospective studies indicates possible publication bias, and caution is advised when the results of these retrospective studies are considered in clinical decision-making.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 21, no 4, 233-236 p.
Epilepsy, Seizures, Treatment
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-174653DOI: 10.1016/j.seizure.2012.01.008ISI: 000302973300001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-174653DiVA: diva2:528460