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Seizure. 1996 Jun;5(2):153-6.

Tiagabine and non-convulsive status epilepticus.

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Department of Neurological Science, Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Liverpool, UK.


Three patients who developed clinical evidence of non-convulsive status epilepticus while on high doses of the investigational antiepileptic drug, tiagabine are reported. This apparently paradoxical phenomenon developed when the tiagabine dose was increased to 48 mg/day in one patient, and to 60 mg/day in two other patients, in combination with other antiepileptic drugs. Seizure control improved following reduction in tiagabine dose in one patient and discontinuation of tiagabine in the two others. The observation raises the possibility of a clinically relevant paradoxical epileptogenic effect of GABA-ergic drugs such as tiagabine.

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