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Weight change associated with antiepileptic drugs.
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PMID:  23236017     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
AIM: To investigate antiepileptic drug (AED)-related weight changes in patients with epilepsy through a retrospective observational study. METHOD: We analysed the anonymised electronic primary care records of 1.1 million adult patients in Wales. We included patients aged 18 years and over with a diagnosis of epilepsy, whose body weight had been measured up to 12 months before starting, and between 3 and 12 months after starting, one of five AEDs. We calculated the weight difference after starting the AED for each patient. RESULTS: 1423 patients were identified in total. The mean difference between body weight after and before starting each AED (together with 95% CI and p values for no difference) were: carbamazepine (CBZ) 0.43 (-0.19 to 1.05) p=0.17; lamotrigine (LTG) 0.31 (-0.38 to 1.00) p=0.38; levetiracetam (LEV) 1.00 (0.16 to 1.84) p=0.02; sodium valproate (VPA) 0.74 (0.10 to 1.38) p=0.02; topiramate (TPM) -2.30 (-4.27 to -0.33) p=0.02. CONCLUSIONS: LEV and VPA were associated with significant weight gain, TPM was associated with significant weight loss, and LTG and CBZ were not associated with significant weight change.
William Owen Pickrell; Arron S Lacey; Rhys H Thomas; Philip E M Smith; Mark I Rees
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1468-330X     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Neurol. Neurosurg. Psychiatr.     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
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Created Date:  2012-12-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  2985191R     Medline TA:  J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Neurology and Molecular Neuroscience Research Group, Institute of Life Science, College of Medicine, Swansea University, , Swansea, UK.
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