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Major drug classes of anticonvulsants?
Potassium Bromide
Valproic Acid
What is a seizure?
refers to an abnormal behavior
Abnormal discharges of cortical neurons. That may spread throughout the entire brain or be focal
A Seizure is an observable phenomenon that is finite in time
A chronic condition characterized by recurrent seizures.
A syndrome w/a cluster of symptoms & signs that occur together
Unlike a disease, an epileptic syndrome does not have a single known etiology or pathology.
cannot be diagnosed simply by direct observation or video review
How can you diagnose epilepsy?
Based on pertinent information:
age of onset, etiology, genetic information, seizure frequency, imaging studies, precipitating factors, electroencephalography (EEG) and natural history.
Focal (or partial) epilepsy?
may have simple partial, complex partial and secondarily generalized tonic-clonic seizures (e.g., partial seizures with secondary generalization).
Generalized epilepsy?
one or more of the following seizure types: absence, myoclonic, tonic, clonic, tonic-clonic and atonic.
Can one seizure type define epilepsy?
No. No seizure type is specific for a single type of epilepsy.
Symptoms of gran mal seizures?
Patients become unconsciousness followed by depression and or sleep lasting a few minutes up to hours
Symptoms of status epilepticus?
Patients fail to recover to a normal alert state between repeated tonic-clonic attacks or episodes that last at least 30 minutes.
How do you treat convulsive seizures?
As a medical emergency; you must treat with anticonvulsants.The longer an epileptic seizure persists, the greater neuronal injury, morbidity, and mortality.
Continuous muscle contraction leads to hyperthermia that can be life threatening.
Common physical sign of seizure?
Scar on forehead.
Breeds that are likely to have seizures?
all shepherds,
border collies,
cocker spaniels,
retrievers (golden, Labrador),
Irish setters,
St. Bernards,
Siberian huskies,
Springer spaniels,
welsh corgis,
and wire-haired fox terriers
Gran mal series of events in dogs:
Back uo & sits down on hind limbs
Muscle fasciulations begin : facial muscles, eyelids, jaw muscles spasm
Dog chattering teeth, salivate,  foaming
Appear to yawn but no voice or noise is heard
Fall over and stretches out with extension of front and hind limbs & Neck extends
Eyes rolled back and foaming at the mouth
Dogs are now in a rigid extensor position and is unable to breathe due to extensive muscle contraction
A few seconds later, the dog begins to relax and breathing returns to normal
Some dogs lose consciousness if breathing is markedly interrupted
Some animals get up and begin moving around
Others remain unattentive for a period of time or go to sleep
Types of seizures in felines?
Petite mal, grand mal, status epilepticus.
Gran mal seizure in cat?
most common form ;lasting >5 min.
cat falling to one side,
urinating or defecating uncontrollably
paddling the feet as if swimming,
frothing at the mouth, and it may cry out loud
Cats are generally unaware of their surrounding
Equine epilepsy:
Unconscious, collapse, tremble and shake
Ears or tail may tremble
Eyes will glaze over, giving a distant or vacant appearance
Horse return to normal

Infectious diseases
Parasitic worms
 Equine protozoan encephalitis
How do we monitor Drug Monitoring?
Factors: solubility, protein binding, size, affinity, route
Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM)
Peak, trough, steady state, clearance (renal, hepatic, total), half-life, bioavailability, etc.
Mechanisms of seizures?
Altered neuronal membrane function which can lead to excessive depolarization
Decreased inhibitory NTs, e.g., GABA
Increased excitatory NTs, eg, glutamate
Altered extracellular potassium and calcium levels (Increased K+ and decreased Ca++) increase neuronal excitability and facilitate the initiation and spread of seizures. Once initiated, the seizure discharge may synchronize with other neurons and propagate to surrounding areas of the brain
What makes an anticonvulsant effective?
Anticonvulsants that act at more than one mechanism!
AEDs that act at the GABA receptor tend to >>> efficacious
Can you cure epilepsy? And what is the route for medication since it is lifelong?
No, not normally. Medication is given orally (Phenytoin not absorbed the best orally). IV in case of emergency!
Are anticonvulsants water soluble?
NO -- they are lipid soluble with a wide Vd giving it great capacity to hit the CNS.
Is diazapam more effective than phenobarbitol?
YES. Diazapam is the drug of choice for status epilepticus in dogs & cats b/c it crosses the BBB. 90% more effective, less protein binding.
What are the drugs under the Barbituate Class of AEDs?
Phenobarbitol, Primidone, Pentobarbitol. Also, thimylal & thiopental.
What are the drugs under the Hydantoin Class of AEDs?
What are the drugs under the Benzodiazepine Class of AEDs?
What is the first and sole TX for canine epilepsy?
Not recommended for cats.
How does phenobarbitol work?
depresses the motor centers of cerebral cortex, giving it excellent anticonvulsant properties; (multiple antiseizure effects)
Widest anticonvulsant spectrum (broad spectrum)
Most effective anticonvulsant to inhibit progressive intensification of seizure activity
Primary MOA of phenobarbitol?
Enhancing responsiveness to the inhibitory postsynaptic effects of GABA. Increases seizure threshold.
In which animals is phenobarbitol preferred?
Dogs & cats.
How do we give Phenobarbitol?
Oral and IV. Is 60-80% effective. Eliminated in the urine.
Adverse effects?
seizures * drugs that lower seizure threshold induce seizures (ace) * enzyme induction * hepatotoxicity (most common) * interacts w drugs to inhibit drug metabolism * toxicosis (tolerance, weight gain, pupd)
Most adverse effect of Phenobarbitol?
Hepatic toxicity from enzyme induction.
Trade names for Primidone?
Mylepsin & Mysoline
What is primidone effective for in dogs?
primary epilepsy, epileptiform seizures, virus encephalitis, distemper
Adverse effects of primidone?
hepatotoxicity: increased liver enzymes;
anxiety and agitation (similar to phenobarbital. Not for use in cats.
Trade names of Pentobarbitol
Nembutal, Sodium Pentobarbital
Why is Pentobarbitol not a first line drug for epilepsy?
B/c it is also a euthanasia agent. Also, not rec in cats. Give slowly IV for epilepsy.
Adverse effects of pentobarbitol?
Severe cardiopulmonary depression. USE W CAUTION IN CATS.
When would we use phenytoin?
As a supplement w phenobarbitol. Longer half life in cats. Can cause cardiac arrythmias.
Adverse effects of mephenytoin?
Possible blood dyscracias and hepatotoxicity
Are the benzodiazipines lipiophilic?
YES, HIGHLY protein bound making it all the more effective compared to pentobarb.
How does diazipam work?
Benzodiazepines decrease seizure spread and block arousal and centrally depress spinal reflexes --Binds gaba receptor; potentiates inhibitory effects of GABA in brain and spinal cord.
One big side effect of diazipam that makes it hard to use all the time for maintence tx?
Tolerance to diazepam develops rapidly. Other adverse effect is SEDATION.
more potent than diazepam,
tolerance develops
not effective for chronic therapy
Why would we use Midazolam?
B/c more potent than diazepam, anticonvulsant, muscle relaxer, tranquilizer, appetite stimulant; status epilepticus in the dog.
Adverse effects of Midazolam?
venous thrombosis, cardiovascular depression, arrthymias.
Adverse effects of Clorazepate?
dependence, and seizures upon withdrawal
Is potassium bromide approved for vets in the US?
MOA of Potassium bromide?
generalized depression on neuronal excitability. Bromide competes with CL- transport across membraneshyperpolarized membrane (may be synergistic with phenobarbital.
Indications of K+Bromide?
First and sole treatment for canine epilepsy
Refractory seizure disorders in dogs;
Adjunctive therapy with phenobarbital
2nd and 3rd drug for seizures in cats
When should we not use potassium bromide?
In animals with liver dysfunction because it has a very long half life.
Side effects of Potassium Bromide?
bitter taste, gastric irritation, nausea, PUPD, polyphagia, sedation, ataxia
Bromide Toxicosis?
Neurological signs: lethargy, disorientation, delirium, and ataxia
Trade names for Valproic Acid?
Depakene, Depacon
Why do vets use Valproic acid even though it is not labeled for vets in the US?
Has been used as an adjunct to phenobarbital and primidone in dogs with refractory seizures
Also used to treat aggressive behavior problems
Trade name for Gabapentin?
In human medicine Gapapentin is used as a secondary/add-on drug to treat refractory seizures. What animals do we use it on in vet med?
Pain relief
dogs and horses
Issues we should be mindful of when using gabapentin?
Therefore, excretion is decreased in patients with renal impairment and decreased cardiac function, and in elderly patients
Trade name for Lamotrigine? It is mostly used in human medicine.
Adverse effects of Lamotrigine?
dizziness, ataxia, somnolence, headache, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting and rash.
Trade name for Felbamate?
Drug of choice for status epilepticus in dogs, cats, & horses?
Second tier DOC for dogs with status epilepticus?
phenobarbital, Na pentobarbital
Second tier DOC for cats with status epilepticus?
Na pentobarbital
Second tier DOC for horses with status epilepticus?
guaifenesin, Thiamylal
Maintence RX for dogs with status epilepticus?
Dogs:Phenobarbital, primidone, clonazepam, chlorazepate, valproic acid
Maintence RX for horses with status epilepticus?
diazepam, phenobarbital, phenytoin
Maintence RX for cats with status epilepticus?
diazepam, phenobarbital
Analeptic CNS stimulants?
4-Aminopyridine (4-AP)
Yohimbine (competitive alpha2 agonist)
Trade name for Doxapram?
Primary use of doxapram/dopram?
stimulate respiratory activity by directly stimulating chemoreceptors of the carotid and aortic regions. Also stimulate medullary respiratory center, increasing the tidal volume
How do you reverse respiratory depression in a dog with AEDs?
Doxapram:sublingually/topically/SC at 1-5 mg.
How do we give apomorphine?
IM, SC, conjunctiva
What is apomorphine used for and in which animal should we avoid use?
emetic; cats.
What are Methylxanthines(MX)?
Caffiene, theophylline, theobromine, aminophilline.
Alkaloids with a xanthine nucleus
What do MX's do?
MXs are bronchodilators, stimulants of CNS & CVS
Name the classes of neuroleptics:
Name the types of antidepressants:
Name the MAOI that is irrerversible?
Name the 2 SSRI's most commonly used in human medicine?
Sertraline (zoloft)
Fluoxetine (prozac)
Name the drugs used as antipsychotics:
Phenothiazines: Chlorpromazine, acepromazine, haloperidol
name the TADs:
Clomipramine, amitripine, desimpramine
benzodiazepines: diazepam, lorazepam
What is the common drug used to treat seperation anxiety in pets?
How do we use anxiolytics in vet med?
Diazepam has been used to treat fear-related behaviors in animals
-thunderstorm anxiety in dogs
Social anxiety in cats
decrease urine spraying
Taming of wild animals
Correction of sleep disorders in dogs
Appetite stimulation in cats
Negative side effect of anxiolytics such as diazepam?
Agression increased & doesn't treat fear aggression.
Prototype for low potentcy antipsychotics?
Uses of antipsychotics in vet med?
: tail chewing, growling, snapping, barking
Side effects of antipsychotics in vet med (like ACE)?
sedation, anticholinergic, alpha blockade
High potentcy antipsychotic in vet med?
Side effects of haloperidol?
less sedation, autonomic effects, more commonly cause extrapyrimidal effects of parkinsonism, dystonia, dyskinesia, and akathisia
What drugs do we use in vet med for mood stabilization?
lithium, carbamazepine, Valproic acid
Mood stabilizers in vet med TX what?
biopolar, aggression
**Carbamazapine: tx cats that with fear related aggression against humans
Adverse effects of mood stabilizers?
PUPD. Lithium toxicity (weight gain)
What is Amitryptyline used for in cats?
urine marking, hypervocalization
What is Amitryptyline used for in dogs?
: Separation anxiety, anxiety related aggression; urination due to submission or excitement, allergy related pruritis
Side effects of Amitryptyline?
vomiting, hyperexcitability, sedation, arrthymias, orthostatic hypotension, mydriasis
What drug is FDA approve for use in dogs for separation anxiety?
Clomipramine (Clomicalm*)
What else can clomicalm be used for in vet med?
Urination due to submission or excitement
Reduce lick behavior (lick granuloma)
Fluoxetine(Prozac) treats what?
Psychogenic alopecia,
allergy-related pruritis,
dominance-related aggression,
fearful behaviors
obsessive-compulsive behaviors
What is the trade name for prozac in dogs?
what do we use Anipryl (L-Deprenyl) for?
Cushing’s disease, an adrenal hormone imbalance
Senile mental deterioration
Side effects of Anipryl?
vomiting, diarrhea, drowsiness,
disorientation, hair loss, and shaking.