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Can anti seizure medication mess up your menstrual cycle?

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

Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...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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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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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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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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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 anti seizure medications cause cirrhosis of the liver?

Can anti seizure medications cause cirrhosis of the liver?

Yes: Some anti-epileptic medications can be toxic to liver and over time can cause liver damage and cirrhosis. This is one of the reasons why physicians obtain bloodwork to monitor drug effects. Some anti-epleptic drugs are more hepatotoxic than others. ...Read more

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Menstrual (Definition)

Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more


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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