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Additional Therapeutic Option for Controlling Seizures

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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.

Categories: Canine health, Dog diseases, Dog health, Seizures


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