Last updated on February 2018

Population Pharmacokinetics of Antiepileptic in Pediatrics


Brief description of study

The purpose of this study is to develop population pharmacokinetic models for antiepileptic drugs in a pediatric population.

The interest of these models is multiple:

  • describe the pharmacokinetics of these molecules in children and explain the inter-individual variability of concentrations through covariates such as weight, age, co-treatments and renal function;
  • estimate maximum, minimum and exposure concentrations from the individual pharmacokinetic parameters for each patient;
  • propose adaptations of doses for certain classes of children (according to age, weight etc.) and individualize the doses.

Detailed Study Description

Epilepsy affects about 1% of the population, with a peak incidence in childhood, and persistent seizures on antiepileptic therapy in approximately 30% of patients. Over the past two decades, many antiepileptic molecules have emerged, raising the question of their optimal use, especially in pediatrics, where pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics are different from adults and largely influenced by age and development.

The pharmacokinetics of antiepileptics have been little studied in pediatric populations. In children, it is important to know if a maturational effect (of age) has to be taken into account in addition to the physiological effect (of the weight) to adapt the doses. Moreover, these molecules are often used in combination and lot of enzyme interactions make their use delicate. All of these factors explain the existence of significant inter-individual variability in the pediatric population.

The implication of the demographic and medicinal factors mentioned above, as well as the balance of efficacy / undesirable effects, justify the interest of a pharmacological monitoring of these drugs in a pediatric population. The use of population pharmacokinetics is particularly interesting in children because it requires only a small number of samples per patient and can be used to describe the predominant inter-individual variability in this population.

The main goal is to develop population pharmacokinetic models for the following antiepileptic drugs in children: valproic acid, carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, levetiracetam, lamotrigine, topiramate, oxcarbazepine, stiripentol and clobazam. The interest of these models is multiple:

  • describe the pharmacokinetics of these molecules in children and explain the interindividual variability of concentrations through covariates such as weight, age, co-treatments and renal function;
  • estimate maximum, minimum and exposure concentrations from the individual pharmacokinetic parameters for each patient;
  • propose adaptations of doses for certain classes of children (according to age, weight etc.) and individualize the doses.

The secondary objectives of this work are:

  • Build models jointly with several antiepileptic drugs, accounting for the strength of interactions between them during multiple therapies.
  • Link antiepileptic concentrations to the effects of treatment (reduction or cessation of seizures): pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic study with concentration / efficacy and concentration / toxicity relationships.
  • The evaluation of preexisting models in the literature and the comparison of the data with the results of these models (external validation).

Pharmaco-statistical analysis will be carried out on the retrospective data of patients treated with one or more antiepileptic molecule (s) and whose blood dosage of the drug(s) as part of their therapeutic follow-up is available

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03196466

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