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I have epilepsy, but my doctor prescribed me seroquel (quetiapine) for sleep. Why would he if seroquel (quetiapine) causes seizures?

I have epilepsy, but my doctor prescribed me seroquel (quetiapine) for sleep. Why would he if seroquel (quetiapine) causes seizures?

?: Only thing I can think of is that he feels lack of restorative sleep is a major risk factor triggering your seizures, so quieting down your frontal brain lobe and improving your sleep quality will decrease your seizure episodes and their severity. You need to have this conversation with your doctor and a neurologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Quetiapine (Definition)

Quetiapine (brand seroquel) is classified as an atypical antipsychotic medication. It is fda approved to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and as an adjunct with antidepressants in the treatment of major depressive disorder. Serious side effects include tardive dyskinesia, neuroleptic malignant syndrome, and metabolic syndrome with weight gain, risk of ...Read more


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Could epilepsy/seizure trigger temporary paralysis/weakness for secs? Doctor suspects my weakness/paralysis caused by it?

Could epilepsy/seizure trigger temporary paralysis/weakness for secs? Doctor suspects my weakness/paralysis caused by it?

You bet it can: Lingering post-ictal temporary paralysis is called Todd's paralysis, and is not uncommon. Best way to manage is prevention. Since we have more than 20 different anti-epileptic meds, should be fairly simple to find the best approach and "fix this". ...Read more

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Curious if dysautonomia can cause seizures? I have a seizure disorder (on meds) &recently diagnosed w/POTS, Doc said POTS was due to dysautonomia.

Curious if dysautonomia can cause seizures? I have a seizure disorder (on meds) &recently diagnosed w/POTS, Doc said POTS was due to dysautonomia.

It depends: In general, dysautonomia and seizures could occur independently and this is the case in most patients. However, there is no simple answer to your question. Seizures can cause autonomic changes (depending on seizure type) and people could seize after a syncopal episode (syncope can be due to dysautonomia). You should meet with your physician to see if they think the 2 conditions are related. ...Read more

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Dear doc, I have been diagnosed seizure disorder 2007. I have been prescribed 25mg lamictal once a day for 2 weeks. What will be my next dosage?

Dear doc, I have been diagnosed seizure disorder 2007. I have been prescribed 25mg lamictal once a day for 2 weeks. What will be my next dosage?

Lamictal dose: You should start with a low dose just to see if you have a sensitivity to lamictal. If there is no skin reaction, the dose will be gradually increased weekly by 25 mg. You should certainly check with you neurologist to decide on the max dose. ...Read more

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My doc put me on risperdal. I have epilepsy (absence seizures). Is it still ok to take it?

My doc put me on risperdal. I have epilepsy (absence seizures). Is it still ok to take it?

Generally yes: It is uncommon for that drug to worsen absence epilepsy. Can happen, but not too frequent. Partly depends upon what drug you use for epilepsy. ...Read more

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If I have spikes and sharp waves on my EEG - does that mean I have seizures and epilepsy? My doctor put me on keppra (levetiracetam) 1000mg. A day.

If I have spikes and sharp waves on my EEG - does that mean I have seizures and epilepsy? My doctor put me on keppra (levetiracetam) 1000mg. A day.

Perhaps: I gather that your episodes of loss of consciousness are considered consistent with epileptic seizures, and the eeg showed the activity, which was interpreted as consistent with "epileptiform activity". Discuss all of this with your neurologist, and make sure that the underlying causation has been confirmed. At age 61, risk factors for brain atherosclerosis should be addressed fully. ...Read more

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Why do doctors test for epilepsy before they find out if there is another physical ailment causing the seizures?

Why do doctors test for epilepsy before they find out if there is another physical ailment causing the seizures?

Tough question: Epilepsy and the risk of seizures is very frightening for many patients and their physicians. There is often a sense of urgency to treat. However, it is very important to also thoroughly understand the cause and the possible medical conditions that may be the cause. It is often difficult to fully understand the cause and the medical conditions. Treatment of the seizures may come first. ...Read more

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My son has two cafe au lait spots and possible epilepsy (nocturnal seizures). Doctor mentioned genetic disorder. Is it possible?

My son has two cafe au lait spots and possible epilepsy (nocturnal seizures). Doctor mentioned genetic disorder. Is it possible?

Yes, it is possible: Whenever a child has more than one thing going on, or one thing (e.g. Seizures) and additional physical findings (e.g. Cafe au lait spots) the possibility of a genetic condition behind findings increases. Both seizures and cafe au lait spots separately are relatively common. Combination increases, but does not diagnose, a genetic cause. I would recommend formal evaluation by a clinical geneticist. ...Read more

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Must I talk to my doctor about my new seizure disorder symptoms?

Yes.: This is important for monitiring the development of a possible underlying cause and to be sure your meds are at the right dosage and not causing side effects. You might even need alternative drug therapy. Please see your doctor to keep him/her informed. ...Read more

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Who is the best doctor in epilepsy seizeures for female age 24?

You are your best MD: Epilepsy is a long term disorder that needs appropriate management. Good control depends on you learning the correct care including the right medication, good health habits, and maintaining appropriate attitude. Your primary doctor will direct your care with the advice from epilepsy experts as needed. A thorough evaluation by an established epilepsy center would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Can brain fatigue and being overly tired cause small epilepsy-like seizures?

Can brain fatigue and being overly tired cause small epilepsy-like seizures?

If I understand: Your question means fatigue or sleepiness, and either may be a trigger for seizure activity, if a patient is sub-optimally controlled by their medications. ...Read more

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If I have epilepsy which causes grand mal tonic clonic seizures, does that mean I shouldn't have children?

If I have epilepsy which causes grand mal tonic clonic seizures, does that mean I shouldn't have children?

Not necessarily: Partly depends on the cause of your seizures. Speak to your neurologist to determine if you have an epilepsy syndrome that might be inherited. With that information, you can make a decision. There are medications that can be taken during pregnancy that may control your seizures without endangering a fetus. Your neurologist should have that information. ...Read more

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I had a seizure for the first time in my life a year ago. No family hostory of epilepsy I smoke Marijuana more than occasionally. Can this be a cause?

I had a seizure for the first time in my life a year ago. No family hostory of epilepsy I smoke Marijuana more than occasionally. Can this be a cause?

Neurologist: Regardless what is the cause, seizure is an indication of a serious brain injury or disease you need to be under the care of a neurologist for proper medication and evaluation
guessing for the cause, and the lack of personal, and family history does not make it less serious or dangerous
please go and see a neurologist ...Read more

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Can pain cause my epilepsy seizures worse?

Can pain cause my epilepsy seizures worse?

Possibly: Any time there is something that stresses the brain, this can exacerbate the seizures and make them more difficult to control. For example, stress from fever, infections, lack of sleep are known to exacerbate seizures. Thus, pain can also do that. ...Read more

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What could have caused my seizure if I don't have epilepsy?

Causes of a seizure: There are many things that can cause a seizure. Anything that irritates the surface of the brain for example may be a cause. Alcohol may be a cause. Medication side effects may be a cause. The cause of a single isolated seizure is sometimes not determined with the tests we have however. ...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 consciousness. " ...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