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Can certain types of alcohol effect epilepsy more than others?

Can certain types of alcohol effect epilepsy more than others?

Generally no: Alcohol is alcohol, and the same amount is present in a shot (1 1/2 oz) of 40% whiskey or other distilled spirits, 12 oz of beer or 5 oz of usual table wine. There are people who may be sensitive to the congeners in drinks, which give it color, taste, body etc, so a seizure may be more likely if they drink red wine than if they drink beer. Alcohol also interacts with drugs used to treat it. Dont. ...Read more

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Epileptic Seizures (Definition)

Epileptic seizures. Per Mayo Clinic "Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder (neurological disorder) in which nerve cell activity in the brain becomes disrupted, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations and sometimes loss of consciousness. " ...Read more


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Do certain types of alcohol affect epilepsy more?

Do certain types of alcohol affect epilepsy more?

In general, no: Alcohol is alcohol, and the brain just gets the pure stuff - the other things in the beverage that give it flavor and color don't play a role. 12 oz./beer has the same amount of ethyl alcohol as 5 oz/table wine and 1 1/2 oz/ distilled 80 proof spirits. Alcohol can itself cause seizures, addiction to alcohol will cause serious seizures if you stop drinking, alcohol interferes with seizure medicine. ...Read more

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Epilepsy/migraines mixed with alcohol, is this bad?

Epilepsy/migraines mixed with alcohol, is this bad?

I'm sure: You will not be surprised that the answer is "yes." ...Read more

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Should alcohol induced seizures receive the same long term care as epilepsy?

Should alcohol induced seizures receive the same long term care as epilepsy?

No: If truly alcohol induced, abstaining from alcohol should solve the problem, with no need for anti-epileptic drugs. The problem is that sometimes alcohol may just be the trigger (eg "the straw that breaks the camel's back") in someone with a tendency to have seizures even without alcohol. ...Read more

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If you have epilepsy and are not taking any medication can you drink alcohol w/o going into a seizure?

If you have epilepsy and are not taking any medication can you drink alcohol w/o going into a seizure?

At risk: Untreated epilepsy, if active, always provides a risk of a seizure, and subsequent injury or death. This needs an effective and well tolerated medication. Alcohol ingestion may well increase risk, especially at excess. Furthermore, you should not drive a motor vehicle if you are experiencing seizures. Discuss with your physician asap. ...Read more

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Can you drink if you have epilepsy? What does epilepsy have to do with alcohol consumption? Why do the police ask if you have epilepsy when conducting dui checks?

Alcohol/Seizures: Alcohol lowers the seizure threshold, and if u r susceptible, as in having a history of seizure disorder, u r more likely to have one after getting intoxicated. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol while taking keppra (levetiracetam)? I don't have epilepsy. Taking this medicine because I had eclampsia after I gave birth which caused 2 seizure

Can I drink alcohol while taking keppra (levetiracetam)? I don't have epilepsy. Taking this medicine because I had eclampsia after I gave birth which caused 2 seizure

Same issues: Using levETIRAcetam together with ethanol may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination. Don't drink and take Keppra together please. Ref: https://www. Drugs. Com/interactions-check. Php? Drug_list=1034-14582, 1448-858 ...Read more

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At least twice a day I lose control of my hands (usually when im typing) and they just go everywhere for about 10 seconds. My sister has epilepsy.

At least twice a day I lose control of my hands (usually when im typing) and they just go everywhere for about 10 seconds. My sister has epilepsy.

Thoughts: You could have bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome, which is caused by typing, or keyboard activities. Your sister's epilepsy would likely have no relationship to your issues. Since this can easily be reversed, contact your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink alcohol with a seizure disorder that is controlled?

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Only 1-2 drinks/day: Small amounts of alcohol consumption (1-2 drinks/day) has been found to be not a problem in patients with well-controlled epilepsy. However, 3 or more drinks can be a problem, so if you do plan on drinking, watch your alcohol intake! When in doubt, ask your doctor about whether alcohol will interact with the anti-epileptics you are taking. ...Read more

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Why are epileptic seizures usually harmless, but alcohol withdraw seizures can be fatal? What's the difference? They are both seizures

Why are epileptic seizures usually harmless, but alcohol withdraw seizures can be fatal? What's the difference? They are both seizures

Somewhat complicated: Briefly, alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. It oth benhances inhibitory tone and inhibits excitatory tone. Abrupt cessation results in overactivity of the CNS. Untreated alcohol withdrawal seizures can lead to delerium tremens defined by hallucinations, disorientation, tachycardia, hypertension, hyperthermia, agitation, and diaphoresis which can have fatal complications. ...Read more

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If I have a seizure disorder, am I more likely to seize in alcohol withdrawal?

If I have a seizure disorder, am I more likely to seize in alcohol withdrawal?

Yes: Alcohol withdrawal makes seizure more likely even in people without a pre-existing seizure disorder. If you have such a disorder, it further increases the risk. On the other hand, if you are already taking anti-seizure medication, it may make alcohol withdrawal seizure less likely. It won't protect you from other medical complications of alcohol withdrawal though, which can be serious. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink alcohol with seizure disorder that is controlled with meds?

Is it okay to drink alcohol with seizure disorder that is controlled with meds?

Alcohol/Seizures: I would not advise it, since it conflicts with the seizure medications & can precipitate more seizures. ...Read more

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Why do certain people get epilepsy?

Cause of epilepsy: There is no single cause for epilepsy; structural derangement, space occupying lesions, toxic and metabolic features, in born errors, traumatic brain injury and other may cause epilepsy. In a simple terms uncontrolled electrical discharges from brain cells may result in seizures and epilepsy. ...Read more

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What type of epilepsy can start from encephalitis?

What type of epilepsy can start from encephalitis?

Epilepsy: A number of patients develop partial seizures that secondarily proceed to generalized seizures after encephalitis associated with herpes simplex virus infection, as an example. The specific type of epilepsy may vary from patient to patient and may vary based upon the cause of the encephalitis. ...Read more

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What type of epilepsy can be caused by encephalitis?

What type of epilepsy can be caused by encephalitis?

Seizures: Seizures can occur in encephalitis. Depending on the severity of the disease, they can be self-limited and resolve completely, needing no medications, or the patient may have intractable seizures needing prolonged treatment and having an increased risk of death. ...Read more

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Do the types of seizures an epilepsy sufferer commonly change?

Do the types of seizures an epilepsy sufferer commonly change?

Yes: Not rare for seizure types to change over time. Medications may change the experience of seizures. Also age. ...Read more

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Does off balance type feeling have anything to do with epilepsy like a head rush feeling?

Seizures: It's possible. Vertigo can be a symptom of seizures. Best to see a neurologist so an eeg can be performed and, if needed, a prolonged eeg to try and capture an episode and further characterize your episodes. Oftentimes a seizure is associated with motor symptoms, sensory symptoms, and loss or altered level of consciousness. Look for associated symptoms the next time it occurs. ...Read more

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Are migraines and partial epilepsy related? If so can certain things trigger epilepsy like there are migraine triggers?

They are related in: That both have to do with the brain. Migraine is felt to be caused by blood vessels contacting and dilating. Epilepsy has to do with the electrical activity of the brain. The both have triggers and both happen spontaneously. Mitch is interesting that similar medicines help both. ...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. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more