Pregabalin monotherapy in patients with partial-onset seizures: A historical-controlled trial

Jacqueline French, Patrick Kwan, Toufic Fakhoury, Verne Pitman, Sarah Du Brava, Lloyd Knapp, Lorraine Yurkewicz

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Objective: To assess pregabalin monotherapy for partial-onset seizures using a historicalcontrolled conversion-to-monotherapy design. Methods: Adults with inadequately controlled partial-onset seizures while receiving 1 or 2 antiepileptic drugs during an 8-week prospective baseline were randomized to double-blind monotherapy with pregabalin 600 or 150 mg/d (4:1) for 20 weeks (8-week conversion and 12-week monotherapy period). The primary endpoint was the seizure-related exit rate for pregabalin 600 mg/d, based on discontinuations due to predefined criteria. Efficacy was declared if the upper limit of the 95%confidence interval for the exit rate was below a historical-control threshold of 74%, with stepwise evaluation using a threshold of 68%. Results: The trial was stopped early for positive efficacy after an interim analysis in 125 patients. The full study population included 161 patients, with 148 evaluable for efficacy. The mean time since epilepsy diagnosis was 14 years. Overall, 54.3% (600 mg/d) and 46.9% (150 mg/d) of patients completed 20 weeks of double-blind treatment. Seizure-related exit rate in the 600 mg/d group (27.5%; 95% confidence interval, 17.8%-37.2%) was significantly below the 74% and 68% thresholds (p < 0.001 for both). Eight patients on 600 mg/d and 2 on 150 mg/d were seizure-free throughout pregabalin monotherapy. Pregabalin's overall safety profile was consistent with prior trials. Conclusions: Pregabalin monotherapy was safe and efficacious for patients with inadequately controlled partial-onset seizures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)590-597
Number of pages8
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 18 Feb 2014
Externally publishedYes

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