Lamotrigine adjunctive therapy in childhood epileptic encephalopathy (the Lennox Gastaut syndrome)

Epilepsia. 1997 Jan;38(1):68-73. doi: 10.1111/j.1528-1157.1997.tb01079.x.


Purpose: We assessed efficacy and safety of adjunctive lamotrigine (LTG) therapy in patients with the Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS).

Methods: The study was a single-center, retrospective chart review of open-label adjunctive LTG therapy in patients with LGS. Initial LTG dose and titration was dependent on concomitant antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Efficacy was based on the change in seizure frequency between the initiation of LTG therapy and December 1, 1995 (or LTG discontinuation). Seizure diaries were used to count patient seizures. A secondary evaluation of efficacy was a parental or guardian assessment of the patient's global status. The evaluation of safety involved chart review for treatment-emergent adverse events (AE).

Results: Data from 16 LGS patients were analyzed. Fifty-three percent (8 of 15) had a > 50% reduction in seizure frequency with LTG adjunctive therapy. Tonic, atonic, generalized tonic-clonic (GTCS), and atypical absence seizure frequency but not myoclonic seizure frequency decreased significantly during LTG therapy. Fifty-three percent of the patient's parents (8 of 15) reported that their child's quality of life (QOL) was much or very much improved during the study. The major treatment-emergent AE were infection (50%, 8 of 16) and sleep disturbance (19%, 3 of 16). A rash was noted in 13% (2 of 16) of the patients and resulted in LTG discontinuation in 1. No clinically significant changes were noted in neurologic examination or laboratory tests during the study.

Conclusions: Our results indicate that LTG adjunctive therapy is effective and well tolerated in patients with LGS.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Anticonvulsants / adverse effects
  • Anticonvulsants / therapeutic use*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Databases, Factual
  • Drug Approval
  • Drug Eruptions / etiology
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Epilepsy / drug therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infections / chemically induced
  • Lamotrigine
  • Male
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / chemically induced
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Triazines / adverse effects
  • Triazines / therapeutic use*
  • United States


  • Anticonvulsants
  • Triazines
  • Lamotrigine