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Generalized Myoclonus and Spasticity Induced by Lamotrigine Toxicity: A Case Report and Literature Review.
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PMID:  24614666     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Lamotrigine (LTG) is a well-tolerated broad-spectrum antiepileptic drug, which is chemically unrelated to other existing antiepileptic medications. The drug has also some mood-stabilizing properties and, according to some studies, modest antidepressant effects. The exact mechanism of action is unknown, but some animal studies suggest the inhibition of neuronal glutamate release. Despite being relatively safe, LTG has been demonstrated to have proconvulsant effect especially in certain types of epilepsies like myoclonic status epilepticus. Myoclonic status epilepticus and its variations including generalized myoclonic status epilepticus, status myoclonus, and prolonged myoclonus describe a variety of clinical states, which have continuous, unremitting seizures lasting longer than 5 minutes. It is not a commonly reported treatment-emergent neurological complication, but the treatment is always a medical emergency. We report a case of a 46-year-old man who developed generalized myoclonus status epilepticus a few hours after suicidal ingestion of LTG. He remained hemodynamically stable throughout hospitalization and started to recover and achieved complete recovery 3 days later. This is the first reported case of this de novo complication induced by LTG toxicity. We proposed a subcortical mechanism for this complication induced by the toxic doses of LTG.
Hussein A Algahtani; Ahmed A Aldarmahi; Mohammed W Al-Rabia; Waleed H Almalki; G Bryan Young
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-3-7
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical neuropharmacology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1537-162X     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Neuropharmacol     Publication Date:  2014 Mar 
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Created Date:  2014-3-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7607910     Medline TA:  Clin Neuropharmacol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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