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Efficacy and safety of oxcarbazepine in the treatment of children with epilepsy: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

Authors Geng H, Wang CZ

Received 14 December 2016

Accepted for publication 16 January 2017

Published 2 March 2017 Volume 2017:13 Pages 685—695

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/NDT.S130269

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Wai Kwong Tang


Hua Geng, Chengzhong Wang

Department of Pediatrics, Maternal and Child Health Hospital of Yancheng, Yancheng City, People’s Republic of China


Background: To assess the efficacy and safety of oxcarbazepine (OXC) in the treatment of children with epilepsy.
Methods: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) published in PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, Cochrane Library, Scopus, SinoMed (Chinese BioMedical Literature Service System, China), and Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure (China) database were systematically reviewed. Eligible studies were those that compared the efficacy and safety of OXC with other antiepileptic drugs in epilepsy. Risk ratio (RR) with 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs) was calculated using fixed-effects or random-effects model.
Results: Eleven RCTs with a total of 1,241 patients met the inclusion criteria and were included in this meta-analysis. Compared with other antiepileptic drugs (sodium valproate, levetiracetam, phenytoin, and placebo), OXC was associated with similar seizure-free rate (RR =1.06, 95% CI: 0.94, 1.20; P=0.366) and percentage reduction from baseline in seizure frequency (for ≥75% reduction: RR =1.15, 95% CI: 0.88, 1.49; P=0.310; for 50%–75% reduction: RR =1.12, 95% CI: 0.90, 1.39; P=0.301; for <50% reduction: RR =0.79, 95% CI: 0.56, 1.12; P=0.179). Moreover, patients treated with OXC had a comparable incidence of adverse events compared with those treated with other antiepileptic drugs (RR =1.01, 95% CI: 0.92, 1.11; P=0.760).
Conclusion: OXC showed similar effects and safety as other antiepileptic drugs in the treatment of children with epilepsy. Further well-conducted, large-scale RCTs are needed to validate these findings.

Keywords: epilepsy, children, oxcarbazepine, meta-analysis

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