Neurology

Autonomic functions in focal epilepsy: A comparison between lacosamide and carbamazepine monotherapy



Some antiepileptic drugs (AEDS), like sodium channel blockers are significantly associated with autonomic dysfunction in patients with epilepsy. Unlike other sodium-blockers AEDs, lacosamide (LCM) is a third generation AEDs which enhances the slow inactivation of voltage-gated sodium channels. So far, data about LCM on autonomic nervous system are still unknown. This study was designed to investigate cardiovascular autonomic and sudomotor function in patients affected by focal epilepsy on LCM monotherapy, compared to patients treated with carbamazepine (CBZ) monotherapy and healthy subjects.

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