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The effects of Bu Yang Huan Wu Tang on post-stroke epilepsy: a nationwide matched study

Authors Weng SW, Chen TL, Yeh CC, Lane HL, Liao CC, Shih CC

Received 29 May 2018

Accepted for publication 3 October 2018

Published 10 December 2018 Volume 2018:10 Pages 1839—1850


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Vera Ehrenstein

Shu-Wen Weng,1,* Ta-Liang Chen,2–4 Chun-Chieh Yeh,5,6 Hsin-Long Lane,7 Chien-Chang Liao,2–4,8,* Chun-Chuan Shih7,9

1Department of Chinese Medicine, Taichung Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taichung, Taiwan; 2Department of Anesthesiology, Taipei Medical University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan; 3Anesthesiology and Health Policy Research Center, Taipei Medical University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan; 4Department of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine, College of Medicine, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan; 5Department of Surgery, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan; 6Department of Surgery, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, USA; 7School of Chinese Medicine for Post-Baccalaureate, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan; 8School of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan; 9Program for the Clinical Drug Discovery from Botanical Herbs, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Objective: To compare the long-term risk of epilepsy in stroke patients who use Bu Yang Huan Wu Tang (BYHWT) and those who do not.
Methods: In the Taiwanese national insurance claims data, we identified newly diagnosed stroke patients receiving inpatient care in the years 2000–2004. Using propensity score-matched pairs to balance the baseline characteristics, we selected eligible stroke patients who did (n=8,971) and did not (n=8,971) receive BYHWT. These two groups were followed up until the end of 2009 to track the occurrence of epilepsy. We used Cox proportional hazard models to calculate the adjusted HRs and 95% CIs for post-stroke epilepsy during the follow-up period according to BYHWT use.
Results: Compared with the control group, stroke patients with BYHWT had a reduced risk of epilepsy during the 5–9 years of the follow-up period (HR 0.69, 95% CI 0.61–0.77). The association between BYHWT and reduced post-stroke epilepsy was significant in various subgroups of stroke patients. There was a dose-dependent decrease in the frequency of epilepsy with increasing quantities of BYHWT use from 1 package (HR 0.77, 95% CI 0.66–0.90) to ≥6 packages (HR 0.52, 95% CI 0.42–0.65).
Conclusion: Stroke patients who received BYHWT therapy had a reduced long-term risk of epilepsy, and the beneficial effect could be observed in various subgroups. However, future clinical trials will be necessary to corroborate the present findings and identify the biochemical mechanism involved.

Keywords: stroke, epilepsy, Bu Yang Huan Wu Tang, long-term risk

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