New epilepsy medication shows promise

April 20, 2012 10:16:01 AM PDT
A new medication is showing promise for epilepsy patients whose seizures are resistant to current treatments.

A study in Johns Hopkins Medicine found a new anti-epilepsy medication called Perampanel might work for those with frequent, hard-to-manage seizures.

Researchers studied 700 patients who had roughly ten seizures a day. All were taking one to three anti-epilepsy medications before adding Perampanel or a placebo to their regimen.

Participants who were given the drug cut the frequency of their seizures in half. One in 200 Americans have epilepsy, and more than half of them suffered with uncontrolled partial-onset seizures.