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can you tell me about tegrol retard for epilepsy?

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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 34 years experience
Carbamazepine: A prolonged release form of tegretol (carbamazepine). There are similar products, such as tegretol xr, or carbatrol. These forms of Carbamazepine usually result in less variation in blood levels compared to immediate release forms. This may result in better seizure control and fewer peak dose side effects.
Dr. Eric Weisman
Neurology 36 years experience
Carbitrol and Tegretol XR have gone generic. Original Tegretol XR had its problems. Jus a plastic capule with a small hole in it. My patients had to look in the toilet to see if they got their dose. if the plastic pill floats the Tegretol came out...if it sinks it has held on to the medicine (and you got none).
Apr 19, 2014

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A 20-year-old female asked:

What are symptoms of common and uncommon types of epilepsy?

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Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 20 years experience
Seizures vary: Most common is primary generalized epilepsy, seizures originate in both hemispheres of brain at once, may be convulsive, absence-type, myoclonic, or atonic drop attacks. Slightly less common are localization-related or complex partial seizures, a short circuit in one area of the brain, may be convulsive or nonconvulsive seizures. Simple partial and absence seizures round out the list. Good luck!
A 40-year-old member asked:

Are there any good medicines to help epilepsy?

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Dr. Judah Lindenberg
Neurology 21 years experience
Yes: There are several very good ones that are very well tolerated. But the choice is very individualistic and depends on many things, including the type of epilepsy, other medical conditions you might have, etc... A neurologist or epileptologist (neurologist who specializes in epilepsy) can help make a proper choice.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me if there are any natural treatments for epilepsy (4 y/o)?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes: These will be adjuncts -- seizure disorder in chldren is a grave danger to health and even to life, so comply with the best medical advice you can get. I'm aware of both dietary approaches and biofeedback as having legitimacy here ; would not be surprised if there are supplements. I've asked a couple of my online friends to answer.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how do people develop epilepsy?

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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 34 years experience
Complicated: There may be an underlying genetic cause. Some acquired causes include: head trauma, brain infection, stroke, inflammatory disease, and metabolic disease. Some believe that the development of epilepsy requires an initial cause, that starts the "silent" development of the process of epilepsy, and a "second hit" to actually haves seizures.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Need to know if I can join the marines now that I don't have epilepsy anymore?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Following is: disqualifying: "Epilepsy, beyond the age of 5 unless the applicant has been free of seizures for a period of 5 years while taking no medication for seizure control, and has a normal electroencephalogram (EEG). All such applicants will have a current neurology consultation with current EEG results. EEG may be requested by the reviewing authority." I don't know how waiverable this is.

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