Levetiracetam in newly diagnosed late-onset post-stroke seizures: A prospective observational study

Vincenzo Belcastro, Cinzia Costa, Francesca Galletti, Alessia Autuori, Laura Pierguidi, Francesco Pisani, Paolo Calabresi, Lucilla Parnetti

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Levetiracetam (LEV) monotherapy was investigated in 35 patients (pts) (16M/19F, 71.9 ± 7.3 years of age) with late-onset post-stroke seizures (i.e. seizures occurring at least 2 weeks after an ischemic stroke) in a prospective open-label study. Overall, 27 pts (77.1%) achieved a condition of seizure freedom (defined as 1 year without seizures): 19 (54.3%) at a daily LEV dose of 1000 mg, 7 (20.0%) at 1500 mg, 1 (2.8%) at 2000 mg. Four pts (11.4%) discontinued the drug because of intolerable side effects (drowsiness associated to gait disturbance in 1 pt, and aggressive behaviour in the remaining 3 pts); 3 pts were unresponsive at a dose of 3000 mg, and 1 pt was lost at follow-up. These observations suggest that LEV exhibits safety and efficacy profiles which make it an optimal candidate as a first-choice drug against post-stroke seizures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-226
Number of pages4
JournalEpilepsy Research
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008


  • Antiepileptic drugs
  • Ischemic stroke
  • Late-onset seizures
  • Levetiracetam

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology


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