Therapeutic Drug Monitoring of the Newer Anti-Epilepsy Medications

Article (PDF Available)inPharmaceuticals 3(6):1909-1935 · June 2010with47 Reads
DOI: 10.3390/ph3061909 · Source: PubMed
In the past twenty years, 14 new antiepileptic drugs have been approved for use in the United States and/or Europe. These drugs are eslicarbazepine acetate, felbamate, gabapentin, lacosamide, lamotrigine, levetiracetam, oxcarbazepine, pregabalin, rufinamide, stiripentol, tiagabine, topiramate, vigabatrin and zonisamide. In general, the clinical utility of therapeutic drug monitoring has not been established in clinical trials for these new anticonvulsants, and clear guidelines for drug monitoring have yet to be defined. The antiepileptic drugs with the strongest justifications for drug monitoring are lamotrigine, oxcarbazepine, stiripentol, and zonisamide. Stiripentol and tiagabine are strongly protein bound and are candidates for free drug monitoring. Therapeutic drug monitoring has lower utility for gabapentin, pregabalin, and vigabatrin. Measurement of salivary drug concentrations has potential utility for therapeutic drug monitoring of lamotrigine, levetiracetam, and topiramate. Therapeutic drug monitoring of the new antiepileptic drugs will be discussed in managing patients with epilepsy.


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    • "The concentra - tions tested were 5 , 10 and 20 ␮g / ml for RFM and PGB , and 10 , 20 , 40 ␮g / ml for ZNS , which are in the range of clinical plasma levels ( Perucca et al . , 2008 ; Krasowski , 2010 ) . There was no significant difference between apical and basolateral concentrations after exposing LLC - MDR1 cell monolayers to RFM ( Fig . 2 ) , PGB ( Fig . "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objective Epilepsy is resistant to treatment with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in about one third of epilepsy patients. AED export by P-glycoprotein (Pgp) overexpressed in the blood-brain barrier may contribute to AED resistance. The Pgp transport status of many of the recently approved AEDs remains unknown. We investigated whether several new AEDs--zonisamide (ZNS), pregabalin (PGB), and rufinamide (RFM)--are human Pgp substrates. Methods MDCKII and LLC-PK1 cells transfected with the human MDR1 gene, which encodes the Pgp protein, were used in concentration equilibrium transport assays (CETA) to determine the substrate status of ZNS, PGB, and RFM. For each drug, an equal concentration was added to apical and basal chambers, and the concentration in both chambers was measured up to 4 hours. Results RFM, ZNS, and PGB were not transported by MDR1-transfected cells from basolateral to apical sides in CETA. Conclusions ZNS, RFM, and PGB are not substrates of human Pgp. These data suggest that resistance to these drugs may not be attributed to increased Pgp activity in resistant patients.
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    • "Moreover, there is no clear correlation between TDM and clinical efficacy or adverse effects of the newer AEDs. Thus, TDM has little, if any, clinical role in the manage-ment of epileptic patients on newer AEDs (Krasowski, 2010; Neels et al., 2004; Striano et al., 2008). "
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