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A 40-year-old member asked:

could epilepsy medications be causing low blood sugar or weight loss?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: Although weight gain seems to be a problem with some anti-seizure drugs for epilepsy, others appear to the opposite effect. According to the epilepsy foundation, a loss of appetite and subsequent weight loss are side effects of some antiepileptic medications including carbamezepine (carbatrol, equetro, tegretol, tegretol xr), Felbamate (felbatol) and Divalproex Sodium (depakote, Depakote er).
Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Cause or effect?: As a general rule most epilepsy medications stimulate the appetite. Topiramate and Felbamate can decrease appetite in some patients. All aeds may be associated with depressive reaction. Many aeds may affect liver metabolism and may affect sugar metabolism. You need a thorough medical evaluation to look for other causes. If side effects are too much, a trial of another AED would be reasonable.

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I've been diagnosed with biliary dyskinesia. I'm going to have my gallbladder removed. Can this condition cause weight gain? If so, why?

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A 24-year-old female asked:

I have blood in my urine that is very visible so I went to ER and they said I had a UTI but my left kidney has me in very uncomfortable pain. Is this symptoms from a uti?

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Dr. Stephen Sudler
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Yes, upper: The kidney is the upper end of the urinary tract, so an infection here or pyelonephritis is a form of uti, urinary tract infection. Kidney stones can also present this way. A pyelonephritis may require intravenous antibiotics to cure.

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