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Do Auras Always Go Away When On An Anticonvulsant
We try: The concept of aura is that it is actually the beginning of a seizure. The seizure may start in a region of the brain that causes a sensation or illusion that is felt as an aura. As the seizure spreads it causes a full body convulsion. Medications can stop the spread, but the early beginning symptoms may not be fully suppressed. ...Read more
The term aura is usually used to describe a visual change that occurs at the onset of a classic migraine. It is typically described as an odd light appearance, color change or other visual illusion associated with the headache. Not all migraines have auras..."common migraines" do not have auras, ...Read more
I get migraines with auras. Lately, I'll get an aura and it will go away after about 20 mins. Then a hour later it will come back. Why is this?
Migraine headaches: You don't list prophylactic or abortive therapies for migraine headaches. See a neurologist for a full evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations. In the meantime, identify your headache triggers and keep a headache log (timing, frequency, duration, location, characteristics) and take it to the neurologist. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/migraine.html ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
As long as necessary: Your neurologist with specialization in seizure disorders will determine the length of your anticonvulsant therapy depending on your particular type of seizures, their frequency and other comorbidities. Be sure to ask your doctor to switch you off valproic acid and take 1-5 mg of Folic Acid daily if planning to get pregnant. Do not drive unless your neurologists allows you to. ...Read more
Comments: Over 20 plus anticonvulsant medications with a host of varying mechanisms, some affecting Na/K channels, others affecting glutamate or GABA, one even having effect on zinc metabolism. Regardless of mechanism, all are effective, and usual choice based upon tolerance of a variety of adverse events. ...Read more
No -an antipsychotic: Seroquel, or quetiapine, is a second generation antipsychotic used to treat schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders and bipolar disorder. It has been shown to be helpful in treating bipolar depression as well. It is not an anticonvulsant. If anything, it has the risk of lowering the seizure threshhold and making someone slightly more susceptible to seizures. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Several: Except in a life threatening situation, you should not stop anticonvulsants abruptly. The most serious reason is that you could precipitate seizures. In addition, one can also develop other withdrawal symptoms: palpitations, anxiety, or shortness of breath. Always discuss the best way to come off drug with your physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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