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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

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. Epileptic seizures may occasionally result in loss of consciousness and confusion. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal ...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