Last updated on July 2019

Phenobarbital Versus Valproate for Generalized Convulsive Status Epilepticus

Brief description of study

Although generalized convulsive status epilepticus (GCSE) is a life-threatening emergency, evidence-based data to guide initial drug treatment choices are lacking in the Chinese population. The investigators conduct this prospective randomized controlled trial to evaluate the relative efficacy and safety of intravenous (IV) phenobarbital (PB) and valproate (VPA) in patients with GCSE.

Detailed Study Description

After the failure of first-line diazepam treatment, patients with GCSE are randomized to receive either IV PB (standard doses, low rate) or VPA (standard). Successful treatment is considered when clinical and electroencephalographic seizure activity ceases. Adverse events following treatment and the neurological outcomes at discharge and 3 months later are also evaluated.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03025906

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