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Started Dilantin 30 yrs ago after one grand mal and numerous petit mal seizures. Worry about long term effects as i age. Stuck for life?

Started Dilantin 30 yrs ago after one grand mal and numerous petit mal seizures. Worry about long term effects as i age. Stuck for life?

Absolutely not: You're right to be concerned: Phenytoin can promote osteoporosis through its effect on calcium metabolism. (Not great for the liver, either.) Get completely reevaluated. Either you need to stay on a seizure med or you don't. If you don't, great. If you do, there are newer-generation anticonvulsants with much lower long-term risks. ...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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What is the best way to address grand mal seizures?

Accurate description: The best way to define a seizure is to view it from start to finish with all sensory and motor events recorded as well as the on-going eeg. If it starts in one area of the brain, it is partial. If it starts all over, it is generalized. If there is alteration of consciousness, it is complex. Grand mal should not be used. ...Read more

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Living with Seizures (Checklist)

Sleep 6-8 hours each night
Once
Wear a medical alert bracelet
Once
Limit your alcohol intake as much as possible
Once
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Do you thrash and kick during grand mal seizures?

Yes: Grand mal is another name for tonic clonic which has 2 phases in succession stiffening and jerking trashing and kicking is not a good description, because it may not be a seizure at all. ...Read more

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What are tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures?

What are tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures?

Whole lotta shaking: As jerry lee lewis says. Grand mal seizures are the kind of seizure that most people think of: people pass out, and their muscles contract violently. It usually lasts less than 5 minutes. Sometimes people have only 1 seizure & never have it again. Sometimes people have more than 1 seizure & need to take medicine to prevent them. ...Read more

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Living with Seizures (Checklist)

Keep a seizure calendar
Daily
Add salt to food if you crave it
Once
Use a pill-a-day box to help you manage medication
Once
Periodically check your anticonvulsant blood levels
3x year
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What can I do to limit the amount of grand mal seizures I have?

What can I do to limit the amount of grand mal seizures I have?

Management: Epilepsy can rarely be cured. But it can be managed. Usually good health habits and an appropriate medication will give control. For some surgery is necessary or combination medications. Special devices such as vagal nerve stimulator may be appropriate. Consult at an epilepsy center focused on best management would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Stopped tramadol after having multiple grand mal seizures. Should I have tapered? It's been a week since last dose do I still have to worry?

Stopped tramadol after having multiple grand mal seizures. Should I have tapered? It's been a week since last dose do I still have to worry?

May be no worry: Long-term use of high doses of tramadol may be associated with physical dependence and a withdrawal syndrome. Tramadol causes typical opiate-like withdrawal symptoms as well as atypical withdrawal symptoms including seizures, but these symptoms usually come within 72 hours of stopping it. If you don't have any symptoms after 1 week, then its unlikely you get withdrawal symptoms. ...Read more

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Living with Seizures (Checklist)

Get regular sleep
once
Don't skip meals
once
Take meds more or less at the same time daily
once
Treat a fever promptly, usually with Tylenol
once
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I have grand mal seizures at times I wake up feeling like I had a seizure in my sleep ,I often have strong eragular hart beats, is there a correlation?

I have grand mal seizures at times I wake up feeling like I had a seizure in my sleep ,I often have strong eragular hart beats, is there a correlation?

Rapid heart beat?: if your seizures occur at the same time of your strong heart beat then there is a (possible) correlation. Ask your doctor to prescribe an event monitor ( a recorder of the heart rhythm) which you will carry for several weeks till either a seizure occurs or till a fast heart beat occurs and then you can tell if there was a relation. ...Read more

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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

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Grand Mal Seizures (Definition)

Grand mal seizures are a clinical finding in which a person loses consciousness and their entire body experiences uncontrolled rhythmic muscle contractions and may result in ...Read more

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