Epilepsy research suggests anti-cholesterol drugs could prevent seizures

Posted Nov 16 2010 in Other treatments

New epilepsy research has suggested that anti-cholesterol drugs (statins) could help reduce the risk of seizures in patients suffering from cardiovascular disease.

Dr Mahyar Etminan of the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute tested the effect statins had on patients with cardiovascular disease aged over 65.

Published in the journal Neurology, the report shows that those taking statins were 35 per cent less likely to be diagnosed with epilepsy than those not taking the drug.

Although the study does not provide a direct link between statins and the condition, it will provide the basis for a series of clinical trials

"Our data is compelling in that it opens doors for future studies to test this hypothesis in patients with epilepsy," said Dr Etminan, lead author of the article.

"Such trials would show whether statins truly have a protective effect, and if that effect is limited to certain types of statins or certain types of epilepsy."

Statins are used to prevent strokes and, as strokes are linked to the onset of epilepsy, the drugs are believed to reduce the risk of developing the condition. 

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