New data shows that the antiepileptic drug Keppra (levetiracetam), when used alone and in combination with other treatments, provided relief to more than 90 percent of patients with a range of pain syndromes, from migraine headaches to neck and back pain. The study of 400 patients, conducted by the Statesville Pain Associates of Statesville, N.C., was presented today at the American Pain Societys 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting.
"To date, studies of Keppra to treat pain have been conducted in small patient populations only. Our study of hundreds of patients showed that Keppra was well tolerated and has the potential to be an effective pain treatment alone or in combination with gabapentin, the current gold standard for the treatment of neuropathic pain," said Douglas Pritchard, M.D., pain specialist and lead investigator of the study. "As pain specialists, were always searching for more treatment options. Its been encouraging to see this response to treatment in such a wide variety of pain states."
Each year chronic pain affects 70 million Americans, or approximately one in every four people, and contributes to 40 million doctor visits. The burden of pain also results in 515 million lost workdays, and accounts for $100 billion in medical expenses each year.1
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