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Anti seizure: If recommended by your doctor, yes.Get a more detailed answer ›
Consult your doctor: Before stopping any medications. Without knowing the cause of your seizure, or your risk factors really can't say. ...Read more
Maybe: Weaning off meds after a long seizure free period should be done under the supervision of your doctor. Remember that just because meds control your condition does not mean it is cured. ...Read more
Can you tell me for sodium valproate. Now, this is an anticonvulsant, anti-epileptic drug. He said to me this is the last?
Sodium valproate: Derivatives, they are particularly effective in migraine patients with comorbid epilepsy but are contraindicated in children under 10 and in pregnant women. Valproate is receiving increased recognition for its effectiveness in refractory migraine and for use in those patients who have not responded to beta-blockers or antidepressants. Periodic liver function tests are recommended. ...Read more
Yes: In today's world almost any drug can be detected on tests. But it depends on wether they are screening for that drug. It is best to always give a complete list of medications when undergoing any drug screen as many drugs cross react. ...Read more
Seizure: You should be free of seizures for 2-3 years before you stop this medication in consultation with your doctor. You don't have to wean. ...Read more
No: The only agent that is habit-forming that is used as an anticonvulsant is phenobarbital. With all of the newer drugs available that have improved safety profiles, Phenobarbital is not used very often. Talk to your neurologist about the effects of your medication on your baby. ...Read more
Birth Defects: Many anti-seizure medications, such as valproic acid, can cause birth defects in babies in utero. You will need to work with your ob/gyn and regular physician (who normally prescribes the anti-seizure medication) to find a new medication regimen that will be as safe as possible for mother and baby. These risks are greater earlier in pregnancy. ...Read more
Hyperpigmentation: Anticonvulsants can potentially cause melasma. A number of anticonvulsants can cause photosensitivity, an increased response of the skin to the sun, which would make sun-exposed skin tan or burn faster. Anticonvulsants, particularly phenytoin, can also cause drug-induced hyperpigmentation. It is very important not to stop your anti-seizure meds regardless of whether or not they may cause melasma. ...Read more
I am on Keppra (levetiracetam) "anti seizure" medication for 2 years. Will this interfere with my HIV combo negative test results after 3 months by any chance?
I have chronic tics intermittently since 3 yrs. On visiting neurologist I was prescribed clonazepam. It's anticonvulsant drug, is it used for tics?
Clonazepam: Can be used in other conditions than seizures (anti-convulsant), your neurologist's judgement and experience, decided on using the drug for your condition, you can kindly ask him/her about the logic of prescribing it, best wishes ...Read more
Only if has ADD: Some children have both seizures and adhd. Stimulants have some risk of increasing risk of seizures; but, usually, if seizures are well controlled, adding stimulants or other adhd medications will have little to no effect on seizures and may greatly help other aspects of the child's functioning. ...Read more
Sws: Yes if suppresses slow wave speech.Get a more detailed answer ›
Depends: It depends upon the TESTER. They will usually dictate to the lab exactly WHAT drugs to look for. Anticonvulsants don't really make it into the list of No-No drugs that most employers don't want to see such as marijuana, cocaine, opiates, valium, etc. They are usually NOT screened for in routine testing for generic drug tests requested by courts or employers. ...Read more
No one best: There is no one best drug but a physician will try to select one by balancing adequate seizure control, ease of use, other medical problems, with minimal risk of causing additional liver problems. Keppra (levetiracetam) (levetriacetam) is a potential choice with low risk of liver injury but there is no one best choice. ...Read more
As long as necessary: Your neurologist with specialization in seizure disorders will determine the length of your anticonvulsant therapy depending on your particular type of seizures, their frequency and other comorbidities. Be sure to ask your doctor to switch you off valproic acid and take 1-5 mg of Folic Acid daily if planning to get pregnant. Do not drive unless your neurologists allows you to. ...Read more
Several: Except in a life threatening situation, you should not stop anticonvulsants abruptly. The most serious reason is that you could precipitate seizures. In addition, one can also develop other withdrawal symptoms: palpitations, anxiety, or shortness of breath. Always discuss the best way to come off drug with your physician. ...Read more
Medicine to prevent: Epileptic seizures, either generalized or focal. Numerous meds are available these days, and some work better with certain types, such as myoclonic or complex partial seizures. Often, in resistant cases, the meds can be used in combination. ...Read more