Clinical feasibility of immediate overnight switching from slow-release carbamazepine to oxcarbazepine in Korean patients with refractory partial epilepsy
We assessed the clinical variables predicting the feasibility of immediate overnight switching from slow-release carbamazepine to oxcarbazepine in Korean patients with refractory partial epilepsy. Thirty patients aged 15 years or older with refractory partial epilepsy, who had been treated with slow-release carbamazepine as monotherapy or in combination therapy, were switched overnight from slow-release carbamazepine (mean dose at switching, 900mg/day) to oxcarbazepine. Of these 30 patients, 29 (96.7%) had been treated with a slow-release formulation of carbamazepine. The proportion of patients with polytherapy was 85.3%. Overall, 9 of 30 (30%) switched patients experienced clinically significant adverse events until 2 weeks after switching, including 2 with seizure aggravation. The only clinical variable related to the failure of overnight switching was the number of seizures at baseline.