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Influence of chemical structure on hypersensitivity reactions induced by antiepileptic drugs: the role of the aromatic ring.

Authors
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  • 1 Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacotherapy, Utrecht Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Science, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Drug safety
Publication Date
Volume
31
Issue
8
Pages
695–702
Identifiers
PMID: 18636788
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

This study confirms that the presence of an aromatic ring as a common feature in chemical structures of AEDs partly explains apparent 'idiosyncratic' hypersensitivity reactions. Symptoms of hypersensitivity were reported twice as frequently with aromatic AEDs than with non-aromatic AEDs. Strong associations for aromatic AEDs versus non-aromatic AEDs were found for T-cell-mediated (type IV) reactions, as well as for cutaneous reactions.

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