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Is there a link between caffeine use, epileptic seizures, and bipolar disorder?

Is there a link between caffeine use, epileptic seizures, and bipolar disorder?

No.: Caffeine use definitely does not cause either seizures or bd, nor is there a link between seizures and bd. Although a number of anticonvulsants turn out to be effective treatments for bd too, that does not mean that bd is a seizure disorder. Often, classes of medications work for a variety of unrelated disorders. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that in its most severe form causes dramatic shifts in mood, from mania to depression. Symptoms of mania include markedly elevated mood and energy, reduced sleep and a reduced need for sleep, racing thoughts, and grandiose ideas. When mood changes are severe, psychotic ideation may be present. Symptoms of depression can include low energy, feeling sad, feelings of guilt and hopelessness that are out of proportion to the patient's actual situation, low motivation, inability to experience pleasure, and suicidal ideation. Sleep may be increased, and concentration may be impaired. Some manic patients may be extremely irritable rather than euphoric. Less severe but clearly abnormal mood ...Read more


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I think I have bipolar. But i also have absence seizures. What kind of meds can I take for bipolar since I have epilepsy?

I think I have bipolar. But i also have absence seizures. What kind of meds can I take for bipolar since I have epilepsy?

One med could work : One med could work for both. You must have your neurologist and psychiatrist talk to each other. ...Read more

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My baby have hb e /beta thalassemia and seizure disorder.Are both of they are related?

My baby have hb e /beta thalassemia and seizure disorder.Are both of they are related?

Probably not: According to the literature, beta thalassemia is not known to cause seizures. Ask your doctor to be sure. For information, visit http://www.Uptodate.Com/contents/thalassemia-the-basics. ...Read more

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What are the tests for seizure disorder?

What are the tests for seizure disorder?

Many: Researchers and physicians use a variety of diagnostic imaging techniques and chemical and metabolic analyses to detect, manage, and treat neurological disease. Common tests include: blood lab work, genetic testing, neuro exam, x-rays, mri, ct scans, angiography, biopsy, cerebrospinal fluid analysis, emg, eeg and pet scanning. ...Read more

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What are the presenting symptoms of seizure disorder?

What are the presenting symptoms of seizure disorder?

Very variable: It may be from an episode of loosing awareness without "passing out" to full blown seizures involving one or more limbs. It depends on the region of the brain that is affected. ...Read more

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Yerba mate is that allright to take if you have a seizure disorder?

Yerba mate: Yerba mate which comes from the holly plant can be had as a tea. Since it contains caffiene i would not suggest its use in a seizure disorder. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for seizure disorder?

Meds and surgery: Workup to confirm seizure disorder, type of seizure, and cause. Treat underlying cause. Treat seizures with anti epileptic medications. These include lamotrigine, oxcarbazepine, and levetiracetam. If two different medications don't control seizures, then consider surgery to remove area of brain which produces seizures. Surgery may have up to an 80% chance of a cure. ...Read more

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Can taking an anticonvulsant for bipolar disorder cause you to have seizures?

Can taking an anticonvulsant for bipolar disorder cause you to have seizures?

No unless stopped: Anti seizure medication actually protects against seizures and does not cause seizures. However, if you suddenly stop the medication without taper and have been on it awhile you're at risk of having a seizure. This can happen even if you haven't had a seizure before. That is why it is a good idea to taper the medicine down before stopping it. ...Read more

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I take 600mg of Lamactil a day for seizure disorder. Are vitamins safe? And if so, what kinds?

I take 600mg of Lamactil a day for seizure disorder. Are vitamins safe? And if so, what kinds?

Vitamins and Rx: Taking vitamins with lamotrigine is safe. There are no restrictions. A women's multivitamin, calcium, and vitamin D are a good idea for anyone, and certainly for someone with a history of seizures. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Seizures (Uncontrollable Jerking Of Limbs) (Definition)

A seizure is a symptom in which a person has a convulsion or epileptic attack, usually involving jerking movements of the head, limbs, and rest of the body. It represents abnormal brain function, and can be caused by fever (mainly in young children), by brain infections or tumors, by drug abuse or overdoses, by chemical imbalances, sleep deprivation, etc. ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epilepsy (Definition)

A neurological disorder where nerve cells of the brain are injured, epilepsy results in seizures that range from nearly undetectable to extremely vigorous. Epileptic seizures may occasionally result in loss of consciousness and confusion. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal ...Read more