Low-dose topiramate is effective in the treatment of infantile spasms

Meng Ying Hsieh, Kuang Lin Lin*, Huei Shyong Wang, Min Liang Chou, Po Cheng Hung, Ming Yu Chang

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Background: Management of infantile spasms is difficult because current treatment regimens, including many anticonvulsants and hormones, are often ineffective. We conducted this study to determine the effective dose of topiramate (TPM) in Taiwanese children with infantile spasms. Methods: Fourteen patients with infantile spasms were given TPM at an initial dose of 12.5 mg/d, and the dose was raised by 12.5 mg every 2-3 days. If the seizure frequency did not decrease during the initial 2 weeks, the dose was raised more rapidly. Titration continued for ≤ 12 weeks. Subjects were monitored by weekly visits to undergo titration. Results: The etiology of the infantile spasms included a cryptogenic group (n = 3) and a symptomatic group (n = 11). Overall, spasms in 5 patients (38%) were completely controlled. A ≥ 50% reduction in spasms was observed in 11 (85%) of 13 subjects during stabilization, while one patient quit the treatment. The mean dose of TPM during stabilization was 7.35 ± 4.9 mg/kg/d. Among these, 6 patients achieved seizure control and 3 were free of seizures at TPM doses of lower than 6 mg/kg/d. Conclusions: Seizure control was achieved with lower doses of TPM therapy than suggested in previous studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-296
Number of pages6
JournalChang Gung Medical Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - 05 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Infantile spasms
  • Topiramate


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