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I'm epileptic and pregnant. What are the chances of my baby having epilepsy?

I'm epileptic and pregnant.  What are the chances of my baby having epilepsy?

Not all inherited: Not all forms of epilepsy can be apassed on from mother to chilld. In part depends on the etiology of your seizures. Speak to your neurologist about the type of epilepsy you have ad is it one that can be inherited. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Fisher
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Epileptic female on tegretol and arrange for pregnancy so we still on tegretol or change to other antiepileptic?

Epileptic female on tegretol and arrange for pregnancy so we still on tegretol or change to other antiepileptic?

MFM: Little is known about the long term or pregnancy-related effects of most anticonvulsants, especially for the newer ones (e.g. Keppra) which do seem to be safer as compared to older ones, but not always as effective. Tegretol is a class d, meaning potential for harm to the fetus. This can be minimized by folic acid. Prenatal neurology consultation is advised. More than 90% chance baby will be ok. ...Read more

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Are hormone/birth control pills(ex:Sprintec) able to control petit mal seizures especially for someone that has increased seizures during menses?

Are hormone/birth control pills(ex:Sprintec) able to control petit mal seizures especially for someone that has increased seizures during menses?

Work with Neuro: Birth control pills do not control petit mal seizures. Anti epileptic drugs control seizures. (AED) All women taking AEDs of childbearing years should be taking Folic acid. AED medications can induce hepatic enzymes that increase the metabolism of oral contraceptives. I advise your friend to go back to the Neurologist and work on a treatment plan tailored for her particular case. It is dangerous for seizures to remain untreated. ...Read more

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Can people on keppra (levetiracetam) and lamictal get pregnant?

Can people on keppra (levetiracetam) and lamictal get pregnant?

Yes: Monotherapy (taking only one medication ) is better then polytherapy during the pregnancy. Folic acid is recommended to decrease the chance of structural abnormalities in a baby. Most anticonvulsants may decrease the fertility, but people certainly can get pregnant. Valproic acid is the medication which is known to cause structural abnormalities more often, and also may cause decreased iq. ...Read more

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Is Petadolex safe during pregnancy? I have migraines and idiopathic intercranial hypertension 7 weeks pregnant

Is Petadolex safe during pregnancy? I have migraines and idiopathic intercranial hypertension 7 weeks pregnant

Weighing risks: After reading up on the history of petasites (butterbur) used for migraine headaches, as an obstetrician gynecologist I would be cautious using petalodex and would weigh the potential risks and benefits carefully. https://www.neurology.org/content/78/17/1346/reply ...Read more

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Pregnant and having seizures. Will mom and baby die?

Pregnant and having seizures. Will mom and baby die?

Not with proper care: Improvements in medications for seizure control and better means of monitoring the unborn baby have allowed more pregnancies complicated by seizures to be less ominous. Since there are different types of seizures, not one medicine fits every case. An experienced obstetrician trained for high risk pregnancies usually with the aid of a neurologist should be able to safely manage this situation. ...Read more

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What r chances of become pregnant at 21 with daily sex without protection, epilepsy and irregular cycles? I am trying to conceive!

What r chances of become pregnant at 21 with daily sex without protection, epilepsy and irregular cycles? I am trying to conceive!

Preconception counsl: preconception counseling is strongly recommended, once this is is achieved, and all recommendations are in place, you most likely will need evaluation and treatment for irregular cycles to conceive ...Read more

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Trying to conceive. Period is abnormally light and a week early. Also nausea, lightheadness and headaches. Pregnant??

Trying to conceive.  Period is abnormally light and a week early. Also nausea, lightheadness and headaches. Pregnant??

Hard to guess: A urine pregnancy test, done correctly, gives a reliable result 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred), 1 week after missing a period, or 1 week after starting a "weird" period. If done sooner, a positive result is likely real, but a negative result may be due to testing too soon, and thus lead to a repeat test. ...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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I am on Dilantin to control seizures, and health conditions run very high in my family. Am I okay?

I am on Dilantin to control seizures, and health conditions run very high in my family. Am I okay?

Need close followup: Dilantin has many side effects including liver and blood count problems. However, with routine checkups at least every six months, you should do fine. We now have better and safer seizure medications, but if Dilantin has been working, better not to change. ...Read more

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My 4 month old baby's epleptic seizures are not responding to keppra (levetiracetam) and phenobabital. Which anti epileptic drug, with minimum sideeffects can we try?

My 4 month old baby's epleptic seizures are not responding to keppra (levetiracetam) and phenobabital. Which anti epileptic drug, with minimum sideeffects can we try?

Anti seizure drugs: I am sorry to hear that your child is having such problems. Alternative medications include dilantin, tegretol, topamax, neurontin, vimpat, (lacosamide) Lamictal and others. Speak to your neurologist about what he would suggest. ...Read more

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What can you take for a headache during pregnancy? Im 14 weeks pregnant and have some severe headaches at night...

What can you take for a headache during pregnancy? Im 14 weeks pregnant and have some severe headaches at night...

HA when pregnant: Some tips for migraine when pregnant: sleep hygiene = 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. Smoking cessation. Adequate hydration, at least 64 ounces of water each day. Moderation of caffeine intake, less than 5 cups coffee per day. Stress reduction. Riboflavin 400 mg/day, and/or magnesium oxide 400-800 mg/day. Yoga, gentle stretching, massage, meditation. Hope this helps, good luck! ...Read more

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If I am on Lamictal for depression and Topamax (topiramate) for migraines will seizure activity still show up on my 24 hr EEG test?

If I am on Lamictal for depression and Topamax (topiramate) for migraines will seizure activity still show up on my 24 hr EEG test?

Explanation: Both Lamictal and Topamax (topiramate) are anti-epileptic drugs, and both could control seizures in an additive fashion. But both have therapeutic ranges, and doses may not be sufficient to control all spells. You doctor obviously feels there may be break-through events that need to be confirmed. The EEG is likely very worthwhile. ...Read more

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I have bipolar disorder and am on tegretol and lamictal but am also diabetic are there safer choices than tegretol?

I have bipolar disorder and am on tegretol and lamictal but am also diabetic are there safer choices than tegretol?

Treating bipolar: If Tegretol and Lamictal are working well to control your bipolar symptoms, then this is a good combo for you. Tegretol shouldn't affect your sugar and is safe enough, if it's working. Your doc will check your liver enzymes and blood counts every few months. If the combo isn't working or you have intolerable side effects, then it would be worthwhile to switch. ...Read more

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I do not like Taking Lamotrigine for my epilepsy during pregnancy Is láser surgery safer?

I do not like Taking Lamotrigine for my epilepsy during pregnancy Is láser surgery safer?

No: With epilepsy surgery there is a good chance you might still need to take anticonvulsant medication. Lamictal is relatively safe. 2-3 % risk of major birth defect (same as general population) Slight increase in cleft lip and palate is offset by taking high dose (1-4 mg) of folate (folic acid) during reproductive years. Breast feeding is encouraged even though 50 percent of Lamictal can pass though breast milk. ...Read more

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What medications are safe to take for "bipolar disorder" while pregnant? 17 wks, severe deprssion, at times manic, mood swings, ect...

What medications are safe to take for "bipolar disorder" while pregnant? 17 wks, severe deprssion, at times manic, mood swings, ect...

Weigh risks/benefits: It's important to weigh risks and benefits both of the medication and of untreated bipolar disorder on the unborn child. This is a question that is best answered by a psychiatrist who is familiar with you. ...Read more

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I am scared of having a seizure during pregnancy, what are the chances if normal levels of anticonvulsant?

I am scared of having a seizure during pregnancy, what are the chances if normal levels of anticonvulsant?

Med levels: Have your neurologist do levels to prevent the seizures. This minimizes the risk. ...Read more

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. 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