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A 40-year-old member asked:

is there a link between caffeine use, epileptic seizures, and bipolar disorder?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
No.: Caffeine use definitely does not cause either seizures or bd, nor is there a link between seizures and bd. Although a number of anticonvulsants turn out to be effective treatments for bd too, that does not mean that bd is a seizure disorder. Often, classes of medications work for a variety of unrelated disorders.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Possibly: Many with bipolar d/o also have seizure d/os and vice a versa, particulary partial-complex seizures also known as temporo-limbic epilepsy. Caffeine has been known to lower one's seizure threashold making certain seizures more likely and possibly worse. Good question.

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What should I know if I am pregnant and taking medication for bipolar disorder?

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Dr. David Fein
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Check with your MD: Many women with bipolar disorder have taken psychiatric medications during their pregnancies and have had successful outcomes. However, some medications are known to be unsafe in pregnancy, but other, newer medications are considered safer -- so, along with close medical supervision by your psychiatrist and obstetrician, you can lessen risk factors and experience a normal, healthy pregnancy.
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How do you tell unipolar depression and bipolar disorder apart?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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By symptom: Bipolar depression (bpd) cycles with mania (aggressiveness, grandiosity, insomnia, hypersexulaity, impulsivity) & is very frequently comorbid with anxiety. Unipolar depression is another name for medical depressive disorder (mdd). Bipolar-ii is like bpd, but it cycles from really depressed to less severely depressed, has no mania or hypomania, & is also called treatment resistant depression.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Are there any stronger OTC stimulants other than caffeine or ephedrine/edpheda?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Not really: All of the otc stimulants are essentially the same.
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A 35-year-old female asked:

Typically how long does it take Depakote to reach full effectiveness in a new patient with non- epileptic seizures. How can you tell that the meds have reached the right level?

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
75 hours average: The half-life of Depakote is about 15 hours that means after five half-lives have passed the drug has usually reached a steady state.Right around 75 hours the drug level should be stable. We can check the level of Depakote to know if the patient is in the therapeutic range. This drug is metabolized primarily by the liver so your doctor may want to check several levels to ensure it doesnt rise.
A 41-year-old member asked:

When a person had a seizure, does it mean he has epilepsy?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Not yet: A single seizure does not epilepsy make! a careful history and neurologic evaluation may determine that it was an incidental event. Recurrent seizures with specific findings on eeg, examination and MRI may lead to a diagnosis of epilepsy. Epilepsy is the clinical condition of a risk for seizures.

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