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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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Dr. Andrew Reeves
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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


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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 dont 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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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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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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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

See a neurologist: I would recommend seeing a neurologist to evaluate how long they recommend you stay on Keppra (levetiracetam). Keppra (levetiracetam) can have effects on mood, so I caution patients about taking any legal or illegal substances that may also contribute to mood problems. ...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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Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

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Epileptic Seizures (Definition)

Epileptic seizures are a clinical finding in which a person with a known seizure disorder (epilepsy) has a seizure (repeated, uncontrolled movement ...Read more