A 36-year-old male asked:
epileptic female on tegretol and arrange for pregnancy so we still on tegretol or change to other antiepileptic?
2 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Pain Management 17 years experience
MFM: Little is known about the long term or pregnancy-related effects of most anticonvulsants, especially for the newer ones (e.g. Keppra) which do seem to be safer as compared to older ones, but not always as effective. Tegretol is a class d, meaning potential for harm to the fetus. This can be minimized by folic acid. Prenatal neurology consultation is advised. More than 90% chance baby will be ok.
Pediatric Neurology 20 years experience
Change: Studies have shown that tegretol in pregnant women can have a risk to the fetus. You should discuss your pregnancy with the doctor who prescribed the tegretol.
Last updated Sep 30, 2013
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