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Expert Rev Neurother. 2014 Apr;14(4):361-5. doi: 10.1586/14737175.2014.896200.

Brivaracetam for the treatment of epilepsy in adults.

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Department of Neurology, Epilepsy Group, St George's Hospital, Blackshaw Road, London SW17 0QT , UK.


Brivaracetam (BRV) is a new antiepileptic drug structurally related to levetiracetam but with a 15 to 30-fold increased affinity for the same molecular target, namely the SV2A ligand. BRV is currently under Phase III development as adjunctive treatment for partial onset seizures but data from some Phase III suggest also potential efficacy for primary generalized seizures. Although two studies are negative for the primary efficacy endpoint, global results seem to suggest a wide spectrum of efficacy for both partial onset and primary generalized seizures and a favourable safety and pharmacokinetic profile. This article is aimed at providing a comprehensive overview of current evidence about BRV in the treatment of epilepsy taking into account emerging concerns regarding clinical trials in epilepsy.

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