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Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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Is it okay to drink alcohol with a seizure disorder that is controlled?

Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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Is it okay to drink alcohol with a seizure disorder that is controlled?

Only 1-2 drinks/day: Small amounts of alcohol consumption (1-2 drinks/day) has been found to be not a problem in patients with well-controlled epilepsy. However, 3 or more drinks can be a problem, so if you do plan on drinking, watch your alcohol intake! when in doubt, ask your doctor about whether alcohol will interact with the anti-epileptics you are taking. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


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Is it okay to drink alcohol with seizure disorder that is controlled with meds?

Is it okay to drink alcohol with seizure disorder that is controlled with meds?

Alcohol/Seizures: I would not advise it, since it conflicts with the seizure medications & can precipitate more seizures. ...Read more

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If you have epilepsy and are not taking any medication can you drink alcohol w/o going into a seizure?

If you have epilepsy and are not taking any medication can you drink alcohol w/o going into a seizure?

At risk: Untreated epilepsy, if active, always provides a risk of a seizure, and subsequent injury or death. This needs an effective and well tolerated medication. Alcohol ingestion may well increase risk, especially at excess. Furthermore, you should not drive a motor vehicle if you are experiencing seizures. Discuss with your physician asap. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol while taking keppra (levetiracetam)? I don't have epilepsy. Taking this medicine because I had eclampsia after I gave birth which caused 2 seizure

Can I drink alcohol while taking keppra (levetiracetam)? I don't have epilepsy. Taking this medicine because I had eclampsia after I gave birth which caused 2 seizure

Same issues: Using levETIRAcetam together with ethanol may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination. Don't drink and take Keppra together please. Ref: https://www.drugs.com/interactions-check.php?drug_list=1034-14582,1448-858 ...Read more

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Is it wrong to drink alcohol when a person suffers from a seizure?

Is it wrong to drink alcohol when a person suffers from a seizure?

Stay away from it: seizures are serious neurological conditions that need to be attended right away. depending on the type and underline cause of seizure, treatment varies. Alcohol has not been used as a treatment by convention. In fact, withdrawal from alcohol is one of the known causes of seizures. ...Read more

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Can I still drink alcohol if im taking medicine to prevent combustion/seizures?

Can I still drink alcohol if im taking medicine to prevent combustion/seizures?

Only if you're Mario: People don't combust after seizures. On the other hand, mario (of super brothers fame) does! alcohol is another matter as far as messing with seizures and antiseizure medications, so you best discuss this important matter with your physician. ...Read more

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If you have a history of seizures but are now seizure free, are you allowed to drink alcohol?

It would be risky: Not knowing why you had seizures in the past i can only give a general statement. In most cases having a history of seizures increases your risk of having them again. So to do anything that could increase this risk is a scary thing. You could experiance a seizure from less alcohol withdrawal than someone who has never had a seizure, possibly even "moderate" amounts. ...Read more

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Can i take wellbutrin (bupropion) in the morning and drink alcohol at night? Will it cause a seizure? If i stop wellbutrin (bupropion) will i get a seizure?

Can i take wellbutrin (bupropion) in the morning and drink alcohol at night? Will it cause a seizure? If i stop wellbutrin (bupropion) will i get a seizure?

Yes, no, no: Taking more wellbutrin (bupropion) than your doctor prescribes can definitely increase your likelihood of seizure, but stopping wellbutrin (bupropion) will not cause you to have a seizure. ...Read more

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Are there seizure meds on which i can safely drink alcohol? I'd love to be able to have two glasses of wine w/o getting drunk. (taking tegretol now)

Are there seizure meds on which i can safely drink alcohol?  I'd love to be able to have two glasses of wine w/o getting drunk. (taking tegretol now)

Always a risk: Alcohol acts on your brain and all antiseizure medications do too. So anytime you mix those medications with alcohol there will be interactions. You have to be aware of what that does to you and decide if that's worth it to you. ...Read more

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Can you get seizures and throw up if you take sleeping pills and drink alcohol at the same time?

Can you get seizures and throw up if you take sleeping pills and drink alcohol at the same time?

That...and worse!!!: You should never drink alcohol and take any form of sleeping "pill" as the combination is potentially lethal! please stop this practice immediately; if you continue to have 'vomiting' seek your doctor out as this could be from the excessive alcohol use; of a gastroenterologic complication from it. ...Read more

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If I have a seizure disorder, am I more likely to seize in alcohol withdrawal?

If I have a seizure disorder, am I more likely to seize in alcohol withdrawal?

Yes: Alcohol withdrawal makes seizure more likely even in people without a pre-existing seizure disorder. If you have such a disorder, it further increases the risk. On the other hand, if you are already taking anti-seizure medication, it may make alcohol withdrawal seizure less likely. It won't protect you from other medical complications of alcohol withdrawal though, which can be serious. ...Read more

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A friend who does not have a seizure disorder had a long seizure (family claims it was over an hour long) is this posable? Drinking is invalved.

Seizures and alcohol: It's unlikely that the actual seizure lasted an hour. Typically, seizures last about a minute but the patient could be disoriented for a longer period of time thereafter. Alcohol can trigger seizures in people who are predisposed to it. Also, it is possible he may have fallen and hit his head as well. Either way, he should see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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Can you drink if you have epilepsy? What does epilepsy have to do with alcohol consumption? Why do the police ask if you have epilepsy when conducting dui checks?

Alcohol/Seizures: Alcohol lowers the seizure threshold, and if u r susceptible, as in having a history of seizure disorder, u r more likely to have one after getting intoxicated. ...Read more

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Safe to work 3rd shift job if seizure disorder completely under control for six months with meds? Any relationship night shift/seizures if epilepsy

Safe to work  3rd shift job if  seizure disorder  completely under control for six months with meds? Any relationship night shift/seizures if epilepsy

Pace yourself: Glad to hear that your seizures are controlled with lamictal, a quite effective drug. However, you do need to know that sleep deprivation and/or shift work changes in your sleep pattern could possibly increase risk of break-through seizures. Please discuss with your doctor, if work schedule not changeable, as during waking state can use nuvigil, and when wears off, you can sleep better. ...Read more

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With a controlled seizure disorder, on meds, would one still qualify for disability?

With a controlled seizure disorder, on meds, would one still qualify for disability?

Why disabled ???: If you have a controlled seizure disorder why would you be disabled? Would someone with well controlled blood pressure be disabled? How about someone with insomnia, diabetes or a skin condition? Unless you can come up with a reason you can't do anything productive even with basic accommodations at a work site, i don't consider a controlled seizure disorder a disability. Go do something productive. ...Read more

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Should alcohol induced seizures receive the same long term care as epilepsy?

No: If truly alcohol induced, abstaining from alcohol should solve the problem, with no need for anti-epileptic drugs. The problem is that sometimes alcohol may just be the trigger (eg "the straw that breaks the camel's back") in someone with a tendency to have seizures even without alcohol. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Seizures (Uncontrollable Jerking Of Limbs) (Definition)

A seizure is a symptom in which a person has a convulsion or epileptic attack, usually involving jerking movements of the head, limbs, and rest of the body. It represents abnormal brain function, and can be caused by fever (mainly in young children), by brain infections or tumors, by drug abuse or overdoses, by chemical imbalances, sleep deprivation, etc. ...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