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Can I grow out of epilepsy which I had if I am seizure free for a year?

Can I grow out of epilepsy which I had if I am seizure free for a year?

It's possible.: Depending on which type of epilepsy you have and what a recent eeg shows, it is possible. Generally, neurologists like to have patients be seizure-free and have normal eeg's for a few years before considering stopping medication. You and your doctor can discuss how long you need to go with normal eeg's and no seizures before a trial off medicine. ...Read more

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


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Can I grow out of epilepsy if I am seizure free for 14 years been on Dilantin levels only 3.1 for 14 years have anxiety over this?

Can I grow out of epilepsy if I am seizure free for 14 years been on Dilantin levels only 3.1 for 14 years have anxiety over this?

Discuss with doctor: This is a common issue you should discuss with your neurologist. It depends on the cause of your epilepsy. If you had only one seizure and normal mri, no cause found (called idiopathic epilepsy) your chances are good. But if you have a scar or lesion on your brain, your eeg is abnormal off dilantin, you have had brain surgery, etc., the issue is more complicated and doubtful. ...Read more

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I have epilepsy and take Dilantin seizure free fpr 17 years and i take cephalexin and be ok?

I have epilepsy and take Dilantin seizure free fpr 17 years and i take cephalexin and be ok?

Keflex with Dilantin: Yes, it is safe to take Keflex while taking Dilantin especially when Keflex is taken only as a course and not long term. ...Read more

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How will i know when my daughter's begnin rolandic epilepsy is completely over? 2 years seizure free and normal eeg?

How will i know when my daughter's begnin rolandic epilepsy is completely over?  2 years seizure free and normal eeg?

May be time: Most studies indicate if a person goes 2 years seizure free and has a normal EEG, the chance of remaining seizure free is approximately 70%. Ask her neurologist his approach to weaning from medication. ...Read more

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I have Epilepsy, I would like to take Maca, Concerns? 12 years seizure free. I handle stimulants well like caffeine, guarana.

I have Epilepsy, I would like to take Maca, Concerns? 12 years seizure free. I handle stimulants well like caffeine, guarana.

Seek advice: You'll need to seek specific advice for your situation from a doctor or pharmacist licensed in the US. Here is some general information on Maca from webMD about its uses and precautions: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-555-maca.aspx?activeingredientid=555 Do seek specific individual medical advice from your doctor before taking this product. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you are seizure free from [epilepsy]?

Monitor seizure acti: Many people who have gone for an extended period of time without a seizure may try to wean off their anti-convulsant and monitor whether any seizures occur over an extended period, usually at least 6-12 months. Some also have a repeat eeg to see if a seizure focus is still discharging even without visible seizures. Someone else should always be monitoring the person during the test period as they. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy in 2009 (at age 15). Have remained seizure free since then. Can I discontinue Levera XR 750 now?

Seizures : Stopping seizure meds can be an option. However not without close medical supervision. Talk with your doctor. Find out if the time is right. Going off these meds needs to be done gradually so as to not trigger a seizure again. It must be a great feeling to be seizure free. Staying without seizures is the goal. Do it with the council of your doctor ! ...Read more

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Is there any place to get a free EEG I have been seizure free since 15 im 30 now epilepsy foundation wont give me one until Dilantin is stopped?

Is there any place to get a free EEG I have been seizure free since 15 im 30 now epilepsy foundation wont give me one  until Dilantin is stopped?

Why get one?: The eeg is a tool to be used by a competent neurologist. A free eeg will be worth what you pay for it. It will not make decisions for you. It will be useless unless recommended and interpreted by a physician who knows the value of the test. ...Read more

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I have epilepsy but have been symptom free for 13 years but i'm starting to notice my old non seizure symptoms coming back. Should i be concerned?

Hard to say: Likely, you will be seizure free in the future as many of the childhood epilepsies tend to remit as one grows older. But in some cases, evolving problems may re-present. Suggest you see a neurologist and maybe get an updated eeg, just to be safe. ...Read more

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I am epileptic & switched from topamax to keppra in case I get pregnant. Topamax has worked very well (1 year seizure free)Can switching be dangerous ?

Risk versus benefits: Always have to weigh the risk and benefits. Keppra, whenever monitored in UK/Ireland study showed an exceptionally low rate for major congenital malformations, while Topamax is FDA pregnancy category D. Can one guarantee that switching will not result in unexpected seizure? No, but safer for pregnancy. ...Read more

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If I am seizure free for 14 years on low level Dilantin is there any point to switch to topamax (topiramate) ?

If I am seizure free for 14 years on low level Dilantin is there any point to switch to topamax (topiramate) ?

Why change?: If you were not well controlled or tolerating the dilantin, those would be good reasons to change. If everything is going well, what would be the advantage to switching to a new drug? ...Read more

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If I am seizure free for 14 years on low level Dilantin is there any point to switch to topamax (topiramate) my dr says cause the Dilantin is doing nothing ?

If I am seizure free for 14 years on low level Dilantin is there any point to switch to topamax (topiramate) my dr says cause the Dilantin is doing nothing ?

It depends: If you are really seizure free for 14 years on any dose of Dilantin and tolerating it well, you may not need to switch. Furthermore ask whether you really need Dilantin at all. Some patients can have good control with low level of dilantin. It depends on the kind of epilepsy you have. If no seizures, there is no real advantage to switching to topamax (topiramate) or other meds. ...Read more

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After my tbi, i had frquent seizures fora few years. I have been seizure free for at least 10 years. Can another happen now?

After my tbi, i had frquent seizures fora few years.  I have been seizure free for at least 10 years.  Can another happen now?

Yes: Seizures can recur in the face of several other factors, including dehydration, sleep deprivation, flashing lights (video games, strobe lights, etc), or even using new meds that my interact with your seizure meds. ...Read more

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If someone is seizure free on a low level of Dilantin 3.1 for 15 years since teen what are the chances of another seizure are chances low ?

Very low: There is little information for a period as long as 15 years. A dilantin level of 3.1 is very low and unlikely to be preventing seizrues from occuring, so it is unlikely that another seizure will occur. Best figures are that after 2-4 years free of seizures, 75% of people will remain sseizure free when medication is discontinued ...Read more

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After being seizure free on low levels of Dilantin for 15 years after just 2 what is the odds a seizure will return. Everyone tells me 100 percent?

After being seizure free on low levels of Dilantin for 15 years after just 2 what is the odds a seizure will return. Everyone tells me 100 percent?

Hard to predict: The correct odds are 50/50. If your Dilantin levels have been sub-therapeutic, and you have been totally sz-free, the odds are in your favor. Since your last event was at age 15, this is also positive. To help assess this, check with a board certified neurologist with epilepsy experience, get an updated eeg. If appropriate, can slowly taper off, but under close obs by your neurologist. ...Read more

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Is there a good chance that my body is rejecting the Dilantin I have been seizure free for 15 years and my levels always only 3.1 it has always been?

Good Advice: I think you hit the nail on the head with your last question. The problem isn't your seizure that you had years ago. You suffer from overwhelming anxiety and for that reason you are excessively worrying about it. See out help for your anxiety. I would talk to your doctor about medications that may be helpful for anxiety as well as maybe seeing a therapist. It isnt the dilantin. ...Read more

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Have read that after 2 years seizure free can go off aeds, but does that apply if you had tonic clonic seizures as well as partials before went on aed?

Have read that after 2 years seizure free can go off aeds, but does that apply if you had tonic clonic seizures as well as partials before went on aed?

Wrong: A diabetic can't stop his meds after 2 yr just because his blood sugars are good. Ditto for hypertension, cholesterol, almost everything. If you have epilepsy and it's not the kind that goes away by itself, you can't stop your aed. You're thinking like a 22-year-old. Discuss the situation with your doctor and get the benefit of a long-term perspective. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Reeves
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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 ...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