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Is it possible to have a seizure while intoxicated from alcohol?

Is it possible to have a seizure while intoxicated from alcohol?

Yes: Alcohol can lower seizure threshold for someone with existing seizure disorder, so yes. Withdrawing from alcohol, not alcohol itself, causes seizures. To be in withdrawal, one must first be alcohol dependent, which means one uses alcohol continually and develops a tolerance. One is not prone to seizures until stopping- seizures usually start within 7-48 hours after the last drink. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Seizure (Definition)

Seizure is also known as Generalized seizures in adults. 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 ...Read more


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Can alcohol lower the seizure threshhold? I read somewhere that alcohol is an anticonvulsant, but somewhere else said it can induce seizure when drunk

Can alcohol lower the seizure threshhold? I read somewhere that alcohol is an anticonvulsant, but somewhere else said it can induce seizure when drunk

Both can be true: Although moderate alcohol consumption is not associated with increased seizure activity, binge drinking and alcohol withdrawal can cause seizures and even status epilepticus, a serious and potentially fatal condition. Most people with epilepsy are told to abstain from alcohol, and they are less likely than the general population to use or abuse alcohol. ...Read more

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How frequent are alcohol withdrawal seizures for a person who drinks two times a week but gets drunk?

See below: I am not worried about seizures but I am worried that you continue to drink while you are concerned about consequences. ...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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I've had a similar episode where I'm having muscle spasms in the cervical vertebra. Drunk like, slurred words. MRI was normal. nerve entrapment or seizure? Says too many meds, disagree, on same for years to 6 months. MRI spine yet to come. Tensed muscle

Not just spasm: "drunk like, slurred words" is not from a muscle spasm. I would worry about the blood supply to the brain - stroke, for instance. I would get MRI brain and ultrasound of the neck arteries. If that's normal, then see a neurologist for possible EEG to rule out seizure. Sometimes the effect of medications changes over the years. Changes in metabolism of the drug due to liver can make newsymptoms ...Read more

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I take 75mg topamax 2/day for bipolar. Yesterday i had 4 glasses of wine and had a simple partial seizure while drunk, with motor/visual disturbances. Does this mean i'm prone to seizures?

I take 75mg topamax 2/day for bipolar.  Yesterday i had 4 glasses of wine and had a simple partial seizure while drunk, with motor/visual disturbances.  Does this mean i'm prone to seizures?

See your doctor: Not sure why you are so confident that it was a "simple partial seizure." four glasses of wine is too many on one occasion, especially for a woman, and especially for someone being treated for bipolar disorder. You need a full neurological evaluation, especially an eeg and probably a ct scan, as well as several different blood tests. If you didn't see a doctor after this event, you should asap. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Convulsion (Definition)

Convulsions are rhythmic contractions of all muscles in the body, which create a violent rhythmic motion. A common type of convulsion is ...Read more