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Levetiracetam for Managing Neurologic and Psychiatric Disorders

Authored by Farooq, MY, Bhatt A., Majid A., Gupta R., Khasnis A., and Kassab MY in Am J Health-Syst Pharm, Volume 66, Issue 6, p. 541-561, (2009).

Article summary (posted Jun 29, 2010):


While levetiracetam is a good drug to treat epilepsy, studies do not support its use in children with autism.

This review article describes the use of the drug levetiracetam to treat autism and other problems with the brain. There are a few studies that look at whether or not levetiracem is safe and helpful for children with autism. One study showed that the drug did not help with behavior problems in children with autism. Leviracetam can cause a wide spectrum of behavioral adverse effects. Leviracetum has been shown to cause psychosis when given to some children with epilepsy.


You can access the original abstract and the complete paper is sometimes available for free via Google Scholar (look for entries that say "PDF").


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