European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

, Volume 44, Issue 6, pp 529–533

Memory and psychomotor effects of oxcarbazepine in healthy human volunteers

  • H. V. Curran
  • R. Java

DOI: 10.1007/BF02440853

Cite this article as:
Curran, H.V. & Java, R. Eur J Clin Pharmacol (1993) 44: 529. doi:10.1007/BF02440853


Cognitive and psychomotor impairments can be unwanted adverse effects of antiepileptic drugs. The present double-blind, coross-over study with healthy volunteers was designed to assess the effects of two doses of oxcarbazepine (OXCZ) (150 mg b.i.d.; 300 mg b.i.d.) and a placebo, each given over a two week period. Twelve subjects completed a battery of tests before and 4 h after morning doses on days 1,8 and 15.

Results of objective tests indicated that OXCZ improved performance on a focussed attention task and increased manual writing speed. Subjective ratings showed OXCZ increased feelings of altertness, clear-headedness and quickwittedness. OXCZ had no effect on the range of long-term memory processes assessed in this study. It is concluded that at the doses employed, OXCZ has a slightly stimulant effect on some aspects of psychomotor functioning.

Key words

Oxcarbazepine Psychomotor function antiepileptic drug memory 

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© Springer-Verlag 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. V. Curran
    • 1
  • R. Java
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryInstitute of PsychiatryLondonUK

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