Lacosamide therapeutic monitoring in patients with epilepsy: Effect of concomitant antiepileptic drugs

Manuela Contin, Fiorenzo Albani, Roberto Riva, Carmina Candela, Susan Mohamed, Agostino Baruzzi

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BACKGROUND:: Lacosamide (LCM) is one of the newer antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) licensed as add-on treatment for partial epilepsy. Data on LCM pharmacokinetics and interactions are limited and partly contradictory. The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of concomitant AED therapy on steady state plasma concentrations of LCM in a population of patients with epilepsy. METHODS:: Steady state plasma concentrations of LCM were assessed in a cohort of 75 consecutive patients with epilepsy referred to the Laboratory of Clinical Neuropharmacology for AED therapeutic monitoring over 16 months. Plasma LCM concentrations were measured by high-performance liquid chromatography with spectrophotometric detection. RESULTS:: Median morning trough plasma concentration-to-weight-adjusted dose ratio of LCM [(mg/L)/(mg/kg/d)] was significantly reduced (0.94 versus 1.35, P <0.001) in patients treated with LCM plus AED strong inducers of cytochrome P450 metabolism, namely, carbamazepine, phenobarbital, and phenytoin (group A, n = 33), compared with a pool of patients not comedicated with AED strong inducers, predominantly including oxcarbazepine, levetiracetam, lamotrigine, and valproic acid (group B, n = 42). The 2 groups were comparable for age, gender, weight, LCM daily dose, and dosing frequency. LCM plasma concentrations were linearly related to daily drug doses, regardless of concomitant AED therapy, over a dose range from 75 to 600 mg/d, although, at a given drug dose, a large interpatient variability was observed in matched, plasma drug concentration. CONCLUSIONS:: Our findings confirm, in a real-patient clinical setting, preliminary evidence from randomized, clinical trials showing that carbamazepine, phenobarbital, or phenytoin significantly reduces the overall systemic exposure to LCM. From a practical point of view, patients on concomitant AED strong inducers may require a 30% higher dose of LCM compared with patients not receiving strongly inducing AED cotherapy, to achieve the same plasma drug concentration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)849-852
Number of pages4
JournalTherapeutic Drug Monitoring
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


  • Antiepileptic drug pharmacokinetic interaction
  • Lacosamide
  • Therapeutic drug monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Pharmacology

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