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      Use of Antiepileptic Drugs for Hyperkinetic Movement Disorders

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          Many studies investigated the use of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in several neurological diseases other than epilepsy. These neurological disorders, usually, involve neuronal excitability through the modulating of ion channels, receptors and intracellular signaling pathways, and are the targets of the AEDs. This article provides a review of the clinical efficacy of both conventional and newer AEDs in hyperkinetic movement disorders. Some of these indications for AEDs have been established, while others are under investigation. The modulation of GABAergic transmission may explain the neuronal hyper-excitability that underlies some forms of hyperkinetic movement disorders. So, AEDs able to increase GABAergic neurotransmission may play a role in hyperkinetic movement disorders treatment. Therefore, AEDs could represent a useful therapeutic option in the management of hyperkinetic movement disorders where the available treatments are ineffective.

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                Curr Neuropharmacol
                Current Neuropharmacology
                Bentham Science Publishers Ltd
                December 2010
                : 8
                : 4
                : 359-366
                [1 ]Department of Neuroscience, Neurology Division, Annunziata Hospital, Cosenza, Italy
                [2 ]Pharmacology, Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro, Clinical Pharmacology Unit, Mater Domini University Hospital, Catanzaro, Italy
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                [* ]Address correspondence to this author at the Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University Magna Grecia of Catanzaro, Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacovigilance Unit, Mater Domini University Hospital, Catanzaro Italy; Tel: +39-0961-712322; Fax: +39-0961-774424; E-mail: gallelli@ 123456unicz.it
                ©2010 Bentham Science Publishers Ltd.

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