Journal article

Study protocol for a phase II randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of perampanel as an antiepileptogenic treatment following acute stroke.

John-Paul Nicolo, Zhibin Chen, Bradford Moffat, David K Wright, Benjamin Sinclair, Rebecca Glarin, Andrew Neal, Vincent Thijs, Udaya Seneviratne, Bernard Yan, Geoffrey Cloud, Terence J O'Brien, Patrick Kwan

BMJ Open | Published : 2021


INTRODUCTION: Stroke is a common cause of epilepsy that may be mediated via glutamate dysregulation. There is currently no evidence to support the use of antiseizure medications as primary prevention against poststroke epilepsy. Perampanel has a unique antiglutamatergic mechanism of action and may have antiepileptogenic properties. This study aims to evaluate the efficacy and safety of perampanel as an antiepileptogenic treatment in patients at high risk of poststroke epilepsy. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: Up to 328 patients with cortical ischaemic stroke or lobar haemorrhage will be enrolled, and receive their first treatment within 7 days of stroke onset. Patients will be randomised (1:1) to rece..

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