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A 39-year-old male asked:

i was prescribed depakote er for my epilepsy! how do i know this medication isn't for me and i should stop taking?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Please sit down &: talk to your prescribing medical provider about your concerns. Are you having any severe side effects? Have you read something about it on the internet that scares you? Is the medication not effective at therapeutic dose? Best to discuss with your MD.

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If my baby has a seizure does that mean he has epilepsy?

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No: Epilepsy is a brain disorder involving repeated, spontaneous seizures of any type one seizure is not diagnostic but needs to be evaluated.
A 41-year-old member asked:

If I have nocturnal epilepsy can I still get a drivers license?

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Will lamotragine help me with my nocturnal epilepsy?

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Lamotragine: Depending on type of nocturnal seizures and the dose of medication, Lamictal can be helpful. Please discuss with qualified neurologist or sleep specialist with regards to your particular case.
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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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