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if you have epilepsy and are not taking any medication can you drink alcohol w/o going into a seizure?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
At risk: Untreated epilepsy, if active, always provides a risk of a seizure, and subsequent injury or death. This needs an effective and well tolerated medication. Alcohol ingestion may well increase risk, especially at excess. Furthermore, you should not drive a motor vehicle if you are experiencing seizures. Discuss with your physician asap.

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How much does family history, heredity, and ethnicity play into developing oral cancer, or is it primarily caused by tobacco, alcohol etc..

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