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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

Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more


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Can Flonase usage cause seizures to occur if you have a seizure disorder?

Can Flonase usage cause seizures to occur if you have a seizure disorder?

Very unlikely: Since delivered locally into nasal passages, should not affect brain function directly or indirectly. In other words, should be not cause seizures. But do not get distracted and miss your anti-epileptic drugs, as these are indeed crucial. ...Read more

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Besides Seroquel, (quetiapine) what would be the best medications you would prescribe for a patient with bipolar disorder and severe insomnia?

Actually: Although it might seem to some like it wouldn't work - I have had great results mixing Buspar (buspirone) & melatonin. Prazosin can be used off label for sleep. Any of the other neuroleptics can be considered. Some use trazodone as well. Then there the formal sleep medications. Take care. ...Read more

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Can bipolar affective disorder mania cause you to stop taking your medicine?

Can bipolar affective disorder mania cause you to stop taking your medicine?

Yes: During the manic phase, a bipolar patient feels like everything is great & nothing is wrong with them. They feel overconfident. As a result, one may feel that they don't need medicine & may avoid it. However, this the wrong approach since the medication is supposed to keep one's mood at an even level - not manic & not depressed. So stopping it may make the mania & subsequent depression worse. ...Read more

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How is lamictal believed to work for seizure disorders? What might it mean if your seizures respond better to lamictal than topamax (topiramate)?

How is lamictal believed to work for seizure disorders? What might it mean if your seizures respond better to lamictal than topamax (topiramate)?

Lamictal: The mechanism of action is related to inactivation of voltage dependent sodium channels. Lamictal reduces the release of glutamate and aspartate, excitatory brain transmitters. An individual's seizure may respond to one medicaition or another depending on unique properties. It does not mean that one antiseizure medication is better than another in general, only personally, . ...Read more

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Two doctors diagonised me with schizophrenia and another suggest it may be dissociated personality disorder can you help me?

Two doctors diagonised me with schizophrenia and another suggest it may be dissociated personality disorder   can you help me?

Schizophrenia vs DID: Did is a disorder of amnesia. There are also other personalities that talk to you and that you can converse with. You cannot converse with schiz. Voices. Did voices are more internal and schiz. More external. Did voices start usually by age 5, schiz. Voices at a later age. History of abuse by age 5 in most did, can be present in schiz, but not necessary. Did is a complex form of ptsd. May co-occur. ...Read more

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Two doctors diagonised me with schizophrenia and another suggest it may be dissociated personality disorder can you help me?

Two doctors diagonised me with schizophrenia and another suggest it may be dissociated personality disorder can you help me?

What's schizophrenia: Dissoiciative disorder is losing a sense of self. In its extreme (which is way overdiagnosed) is multiple personality. Schizophrenia is disorganized thinking and hallucinations, often noticed more by others that the person who has it. They are very different and require a psychiatrist to help you determine. Schizophrenia definitely needs medication. Dissociative disorders usually don't. ...Read more

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Can a severe electrolyte imbalance cause an epilectic seizure in someone who DOESN'T have epilepsy? And if not then what can cause a seizure?

Can a severe electrolyte imbalance cause an epilectic seizure in someone who DOESN'T have epilepsy? And if not then what can cause a seizure?

Yes: An electrolyte imbalance can cause a seizure. So can many other events that are not epileptic. When someone has a seizure, we first look for other causes before considering epilepsy as the chances for repeat seizures are very low when the cause is treated. If someone has a known seizure disorder, the same things can cause loss of control even when medication has been effective. ...Read more

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Can having depression or bipolar disorder cause you to have a lower iq?

Can having depression or bipolar disorder cause you to have a lower iq?

No, depends: If you are in the depths of depression, or spinning in a manic episode when your IQ is tested, you won't score as well as you ordinarily would. That said, depression & bipolar patients tend to be brighter than average. Interesting question. Why do you ask? ...Read more

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Can you take topomax with Depakote for mood disorders?

Can you take topomax with Depakote for mood disorders?

Yes,but: The two meds have been used together for numerous epileptic patients, and have minimal drug-drug interactions, and Depakote blood levels can guide dosing. Side effect profile is biggest issue. Topamax: memory and speech, kidney stones, narrow angle glaucoma, metabolic acidosis. Depakote: weight gain(maybe mitigated by topamax), hair loss, tremors, ovarian cysts, pancreatitis, osteoporosis, etc. ...Read more

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Can a bad combination of psychiatric medications cause a bipolar patient to become manic? The meds are an anti-psychotic, an antidepressant, & a mood stablilizer.

Can a bad combination of psychiatric medications cause a bipolar patient to become manic? The meds are an anti-psychotic, an antidepressant, & a mood stablilizer.

Meds & mania: While antidepressants alone can trigger mania, usually antipsychotic medications and mood stabilizers are not only protective, but are the treatments for mania. Of course, i don't have the doses prescribed. Sometimes a person has a particularly severe natural mood swing and baseline meds need to be adjusted. The faster your psychiatrist knows about this, the faster she can act. Communicate asap. ...Read more

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Can bipolar affective disorder itself cause you to stop taking your medicine?

Can bipolar affective disorder itself cause you to stop taking your medicine?

Yes: The person may be manic with some euphoria so s/he does not want that to end (& therefore stops the meds). Another possibility is deep depression that takes away your motivation for treatment. Sometimes the person may become psychotic & paranoid --- so they may stop taking the medication feeling that it is an attempt to harm them. In addition, 50% of all sick people don't like to take meds. ...Read more

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Can antibiotics cause seizures in people who do not have a seizure disorder?

Can antibiotics cause seizures in people who do not have a seizure disorder?

Antibiotics and seiz: It is rare, although I have not seen or heard of any case, it is possible, whether from the organism or the antibiotic itself. ...Read more

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Can antibiotics cause seizures in people who do not have a seizure disorder?

Can  antibiotics cause  seizures in people who do not have a seizure disorder?

Rare: There are some antibiotics that have been known to trigger seizures. Speak to your doctor about your concern. ...Read more

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Can you be diagnosed with bipolar disorder without having to go to a psychiatrist?

Can you be diagnosed with bipolar disorder without having to go to a psychiatrist?

Yes : Most people can be diagnosed by their pcp , if they pay attention and know the symptoms, or if they make the effort of asking their patient to check. The. Mdq. ...Read more

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Can taking to much pain medication cause a person to have seizure like symptoms?

Can taking to much pain medication cause a person to have seizure like symptoms?

Yes: Opioids lower your seizure threshold and therefore you may be at risk of having a seizure. Please see your doctor about what to do. ...Read more

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I've read about ketamine and it's benefits to those with bipolar disorder. I am wondering if it can be prescribed for bipolar disorder by a doc?

I've read about ketamine and it's benefits to those with bipolar disorder. I am wondering if it can be prescribed for bipolar disorder by a doc?

As an: Anesthesiologist and experience in primary care medicine too i will recommend the use of ketamine as a last resort. A group of researchers at the national institute of mental health have studies proving efficacy, generating rapid antidepressant and antisuicidal effects. I don't think psychiatrist are using it yet for treatment. Talk to your physician for further discussion. Good luck. ...Read more

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Anticonvulsant (Definition)

Epileptic seizures, either generalized or focal. Numerous meds are available these days, and some work better with certain types, such as myoclonic or complex partial seizures. Often, in resistant cases, the meds can ...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