In addition to being a sedative, valnoctamide has been investigated for use in epilepsy since 1969 and was still being investigated in 2000 and 2003.
It was studied for neuropathic pain in 2005 by Winkler et al, with good results: it had minimal effects on motor coordination and alertness at effective doses, and appeared to be equally effective as gabapentin.
RH Belmaker, Yuly Bersudsky and Alex Mishory started a clinical trial of valnoctamide for prophylaxis of mania in lieu of the much more teratogenic valproic acid or its salts.
The side effects of valnoctamide are mostly minor and include somnolence and the slight motor impairments mentioned above.
Valnoctamide is a racemic compound with four stereoisomers, all of which were shown to be more effective than valproic acid in animal models of epilepsy and one of which ((2S,3S)-valnoctamide) was considered to be a good candidate by
Isoherranen, et al for an anticonvulsant in August of 2003.
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^ Lindekens; Ilse Smolders, Ghous M. Khan, Meir Bialer, Guy Ebinger, and Yvette Michotte (November 2000). "In vivo study of the effect of valpromide and valnoctamide in the pilocarpine rat model of focal epilepsy". Pharmaceutical Research17 (11): 1408-13. PMID 11205735.
^ Winkler, Ilan; Simcha Blotnik, Jakob Shimshoni, Boris Yagen, Marshall Devor, and Meir Bialer (September 2005). "Efficacy of antiepileptic isomers of valproic acid and valpromide in a rat model of neuropathic pain". British Journal of Pharmacology. PMID 15997234.
^ RH Belmaker, Yuly Bersudsky, Alex Mishory and Beersheva Mental Health Center (2005). Valnoctamide in Mania. ClinicalTrials.gov. United States National Institutes of Health. Retrieved on 25 February 2006.
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^ Isoherranen, Nina; H. Steve White, Brian D. Klein, Michael Roeder, José H. Woodhead, Volker Schurig, Boris Yagen, Meir Bialer (August 2003). "Pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic relationships of (2S,3S)-valnoctamide and its stereoisomer (2R,3S)-valnoctamide in rodent models of epilepsy". Pharmaceutical Research8 (8): 1293-301. PMID 12948028.