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has anyone successfully come off anticonvulsant medication with no further seizures?

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Dr. Seth Zeidman
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
Yes: Some are able to do this with diet (ketogenic diet) it is variable and should be done in conjunction with your doctor.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

How long should anticonvulsant be taken?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
As long as necessary: Your neurologist with specialization in seizure disorders will determine the length of your anticonvulsant therapy depending on your particular type of seizures, their frequency and other comorbidities. Be sure to ask your doctor to switch you off valproic acid and take 1-5 mg of Folic Acid daily if planning to get pregnant. Do not drive unless your neurologists allows you to.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the consequences of stopping an anticonvulsant?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Start seizures again: If you abruptly stop the anticonvulsants you may start the seizures again.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Has anyone ever come off anticonvulsant medication with no further episodes?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Anticonvulsants: Depends on what the anticonvulsant was used for, such as seizures or mood stabilizers or pain control, etc. , & how long. Discuss with your doctor.
CA
A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: anticonvulsant?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Medicine to prevent : Epileptic seizures, either generalized or focal. Numerous meds are available these days, and some work better with certain types, such as myoclonic or complex partial seizures. Often, in resistant cases, the meds can be used in combination.
Middletown, CT
A male asked:

Are there any non sedating anti convulsant drugs?

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Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Anticonvulsants: Lamictal and Keppra (levetiracetam) are non sedating. It is necessary to know which one will work in a particular type of seizure to decide if they would be appropriate.

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