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Doctor insights on: Anticonvulsant Medication

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Has anyone ever come off anticonvulsant medication with no further episodes?

Has anyone ever come off anticonvulsant medication with no further episodes?

Anticonvulsants: Depends on what the anticonvulsant was used for, such as seizures or mood stabilizers or pain control, etc., & how long. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

Anticonvulsant (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Has anyone successfully come off anticonvulsant medication with no further seizures?

Has anyone successfully come off anticonvulsant medication with no further seizures?

Yes: Some are able to do this with diet (ketogenic diet) it is variable and should be done in conjunction with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can anti seizure medication mess up your fetus?

Can anti seizure medication mess up your fetus?

Some can: There are a large variety of anti seizure meds. Some have fetal risks and some appear not to. ...Read more

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Is it safe to stop an anti seizure medication after only a week?

Is it safe to stop an anti seizure medication after only a week?

Consult your doctor: Before stopping any medications. Without knowing the cause of your seizure, or your risk factors really can't say. ...Read more

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Are there any relaxants that I can take while on a anti-seizure medication?

Are there any relaxants that I can take while on a anti-seizure medication?

Seizures relaxants: Some relaxants can be used in combination as an anti-epileptic with seizure meds, as klonopin, (clonazepam) ativan. Your doc can guide you further. ...Read more

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Would you take anti-seizure medication if you knew you did not have seizures anymore?

Would you take anti-seizure medication if you knew you did not have seizures anymore?

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

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Can you tell me for sodium valproate. Now, this is an anticonvulsant, anti-epileptic drug. He said to me this is the last?

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

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Can anti seizure medication be detected in a drug screen?

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

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How to stop taking anti-seizure medication? Wean off slowly?

How to stop taking anti-seizure medication? Wean off slowly?

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

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Will my baby be addicted to my anti-seizure medication if I have seizures?

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

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What are the consequences of being pregnant while taking anti-seizure medication?

What are the consequences of being pregnant while taking anti-seizure medication?

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

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Can anti-seizure medication contribute to melasma?

Can anti-seizure medication contribute to melasma?

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

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Is it possible that anti-seizure medication cause night time bed wetting?

Not usual: If a person has epilepsy, night time bed wettin can be a symptom of seizures in sleep. speak to your neurologist about an EEG done during night time sleep. ...Read more

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Can anti seizure medication mess up your menstrual cycle?

Seizure medications: There is a known phenomena of "hormone sensitive" seizures. Seizure activity can also influence the level of hormones in your body. Seizure medication itself does not necessarily "directly" effect your menstrual cycles. It is more of an "indirect" effect. ...Read more

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Is Neurontin (gabapentin) an anti-seizure medication? What is it used for? What are it's side effects?

More than seizure: Neurontin (gabapentin) is effective in many conditions. These include seizures, certain type of pains, depression and also rls. ...Read more

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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 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?

Not really: If you don't have any risk factor for developing HIV, then you will test negative, being on keppra (levetiracetam) per se, and get a positive result, very doubtful ...Read more

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I have chronic tics intermittently since 3 yrs. On visiting neurologist I was prescribed clonazepam. It's anticonvulsant drug, is it used for tics?

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

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Should a child on a anti-seizure medication be on a add (attention deficit disorder)?

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

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Does anticonvulsants show up in. A drug test?

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

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Can drugs that treat epilepsy (anticonvulsants) affect fertility in the long run?

Can drugs that treat epilepsy (anticonvulsants) affect fertility in the long run?

Usually not: The majority of anti-epilepsy drugs do not affect fertility but some of those drugs are risky for the pregnancy and the baby. Epilepsy can also complicate pregnancy. Prior to conceiving while taking anti epileptic drugs it is better to consult with a high risk specialists. ...Read more

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Are there any non sedating anti convulsant drugs?

Are there any non sedating anti convulsant drugs?

Anticonvulsants: Lamictal and Keppra (levetiracetam) are non sedating. It is necessary to know which one will work in a particular type of seizure to decide if they would be appropriate. ...Read more

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What is best anti convulsant drug for patient with hepatic encephalopathy?

What is best anti convulsant drug for patient with hepatic encephalopathy?

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

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How long should anticonvulsant be taken?

How long should anticonvulsant be taken?

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

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Was ethanol historically used as an anticonvulsant?

Was ethanol historically used as an anticonvulsant?

Interesting.: It might work short term, but seizures would likely increase with hangover. Alcohol does work to stop labor, and seizures due to alcohol withdrawal would certainly respond, again, for a time. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of stopping an anticonvulsant?

What are the consequences of stopping an anticonvulsant?

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

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What is the definition or description of: anticonvulsant?

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

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Does ethanol have anticonvulsant effects and can it hypothetically be used for that purpose?

No: Ethanol and all alcohols are central nervous system depressants not medications. Using alcohol to excess will lead to impairment of brain functions and in more serious cases may even result in death. ...Read more

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