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OBJECTIVES To measure the serum concentrations of lamotrigine throughout a complete menstrual cycle. METHODS Serum concentrations of lamotrigine, estradiol, and progestogen throughout a menstrual cycle were measured in 2 young women not using hormonal contraception. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS The physiological hormonal fluctuations during an ovulatory(More)
The main concerns associated with epilepsy during pregnancy consist of maternal and fetal risks from uncontrolled seizures, and harmful effects of the treatment on the development of the offspring. Although seizure control is maintained in the majority, worsening occurs in a fraction of childbearing women with epilepsy. As multiple factors associated with(More)
Since 1990, sixteen new antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) have been introduced. Most of these new AEDs have only been insufficiently studied with respect to women-specific aspects such as endogenous sex hormones, hormonal contraception, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or menopause. This is of concern because it has been shown for some of the new AEDs that these factors(More)
Efficient prevention of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) requires knowledge about their severity and pharmacological mechanisms and is dependent on reliable data on their frequencies and possible risk factors. The study was conducted to investigate the prescribers' experience and understanding of the ADRs of psychotropic drugs, and their attitude towards(More)
PURPOSE To study the interaction between lamotrigine (LTG) and hormonal contraception. METHODS LTG serum concentrations of female patients using either no hormonal contraception (n=18), an ethinyl estradiol (EE)-containing (n=11), or a progestogen (PG)-only-containing compound (n=16) were analyzed. Patients were recruited prospectively, and blood samples(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the physiological mechanisms behind the pronounced decline of lamotrigine (LTG) serum concentrations during pregnancy. METHODS Serum and urine concentrations of LTG and its main metabolite, LTG-N2-glucuronide (LTG-GLUC), were measured monthly in 21 pregnancies of 19 women using LTG. Simultaneously, a panel of biochemical variables(More)
PURPOSE To investigate changes in levetiracetam (LEV) serum concentration/dose ratio (C/D-ratio) in relation to pregnancy. METHODS Altogether 21 consecutive pregnancies in 20 women with epilepsy receiving LEV during gestation were studied retrospectively. The main target variable was the C/D-ratio before and during pregnancy, and in the post partum(More)
We present a systematic study on the interaction potential of lamotrigine, with focus on psychoactive drugs. A review of routine serum concentration measurements of lamotrigine performed in our laboratory yielded a total of 1733 serum samples from 829 patients (530 women, 299 men) suitable for statistical analysis. Main results for the whole study(More)
The underlying mechanisms of reactive macrophage activation syndromes (rMAS) are not understood in detail, and there is no specific treatment. This observational study was prompted by intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), dramatically halting two distinct rMAS episodes in the same patient. We evaluated the potential benefits of IVIG administration in treating(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the impact of age and co-treatment with other drugs on the serum concentrations of lamotrigine in children and adolescents. METHODS A review of routine serum concentration measurements of lamotrigine performed in our laboratory yielded a total of 744 serum samples from 296 subjects (110 males, 186 females, age: 2-19 years)(More)