Additional Therapeutic Option for Controlling Seizures
Primary, or idiopathic, epilepsy, a common disorder in dogs, is characterized by recurrent seizures with no known cause. Antiseizure medications are most often used to treat this disease; however, up to 30 percent of dogs are resistant to the medications and less than half of all epileptic dogs remain seizure-free without experiencing drug-related side effects. Scientists at North Carolina State University evaluated and validated a new antiepileptic drug, levetiracetam, as an add-on drug to be used in conjunction with today’s conventional treatment with phenobarbital and potassium bromide. Based on the results of the study, levetiracetam is a safe add-on therapy in epileptic dogs when treatment with phenobarbital and potassium bromide has failed to control seizures.
Posted by MAFon September 24, 2009. Permalink