Retigabine (ezogabine) as add-on therapy for partial-onset seizures: an update for clinicians Review Article (Web of Science)


  • Objective: The present study reviewed the pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, efficacy, and safety of retigabine (ezogabine), a potential agent for use as adjunctive treatment in refractory partial-onset seizures. Methods: A MEDLINE search (1966–May 2011) was conducted using the key words retigabine, ezogabine, D-23129, epilepsy, and anticonvulsant. Bibliographies of all articles retrieved were also reviewed. All studies including humans and published in English with data describing retigabine for the adjunctive treatment of partial-onset seizures were reviewed. Results: Retigabine has been shown to interact with the KCNQ2/KCNQ3 subunits of the potassium channels, GABAA receptors, and weakly block sodium and calcium channels. Retigabine is 50–60% bioavailable, metabolized by N-glucuronidation and N-acetylation, 80% protein bound, and has few drug–drug interactions. Recent data suggest that retigabine may have a role as adjunctive treatment for refractory partial-onset seizures. Placebo-controlled trials demonstrated a 23.4–44.3% reduction in seizure frequency with 50% responder rates ranging from 23.2% to 47.0% with varying doses of retigabine. The most common adverse effects, occurring in greater than 10% of subjects in the clinical trials, include abnormal gait, confusion, dizziness, fatigue, headache, nausea, somnolence, speech disorder, tremor, urinary tract infection, and blurred vision. Conclusions: Retigabine is a promising agent for adjunctive treatment of refractory partial-onset seizures.


publication date

  • 2011

number of pages

  • 5

start page

  • 371

end page

  • 376


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