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Are there any good medicines to help epilepsy?

Are there any good medicines to help epilepsy?

Yes: There are several very good ones that are very well tolerated. But the choice is very individualistic and depends on many things, including the type of epilepsy, other medical conditions you might have, etc... A neurologist or epileptologist (neurologist who specializes in epilepsy) can help make a proper choice. ...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


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Are there holistic medicines that cure epilepsy?

Please clarify: What the other doctors who answered this didn't ask you is what YOU mean by "holistic" medicines. While you're thinking, let me give you some vital drug wisdom: Drugs aren't like keys that fit perfectly in body locks. Any drug that has no SIDE effects, very likely has no EFFECTS either. Be skeptical. Uncritically swallowing every nonsensical notion about "holistic" this or that is for suckers. ...Read more

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My medicine related to epilepsy keeps my blood pressure at high.... Any way out pls... I will appriciate?

My medicine related to epilepsy keeps my blood pressure at high.... Any way out pls... I will appriciate?

Hmmm...: It is uncommon for seizure medicines to do that...But it could happen. If it really is causing your blood pressure to be higher, there are many different medicines we can use today for epilepsy. You might need another type. ...Read more

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Hello. Currently looking into buying creatine and I'm on the medicine tergetol. Have epilepsy. Haven't had a seizure in 13 yrs. Is it safe?

Hello. Currently looking into buying creatine and I'm on the medicine tergetol. Have epilepsy. Haven't had a seizure in 13 yrs. Is it safe?

Creatine: Individuals with seizure disorder should not take supplements or medications unless recommended or prescribed by a doctor. Creatine would fall under this category. Creatine could change the way your seizure medication is absorbed, lower your seizure threshold, or interact with your medication and some other way. Please check with your doctor first. ...Read more

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I have epilepsy and take lamotrigine an epilepsy specialist said it could be why I don't sleep I can't take sleeping medicine cos my epilepsy pills?!

I have epilepsy and take lamotrigine an epilepsy specialist said it could be why I don't sleep I can't take sleeping medicine cos my epilepsy pills?!

Unusual: Lamotrigine does not usually cause sleeplessness, but rather sleepiness. Consult your doctor to determine whether your dosing is appropriate for your epilepsy. There are approaches that can be used to help with sleep issues which can include medicines which may be used with your anti-seizure medications. ...Read more

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Plan b can it be taken while on epilepsy medicine?

Plan b can it be taken while on epilepsy medicine?

Agree w Dr. Singer: Phenytoin (Dilantin), carbamazepine (Tegretol).Topamax (topiramate) & LAMICTAL (lamotrigine) can all interact with Plan B. Please consult with your pharmacist or your neurologist. ...Read more

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How long do you have to wait to drink after taking epilepsy medicine?

How long do you have to wait to drink after taking epilepsy medicine?

Epilpesy: Alcohol can affect the metabolism of anti epileptic medications resulting in occurrence of seizures, so alcohol should not be mixed with epilepsy medications.. ...Read more

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Can epilepsy medicine affect a pregnancy?

Medicine and pregnan: Yes, medicines for epilepsy (anticonvulsants) carry with them a risk of birth defects. The safest medicines are lamotrigine and levetiracetam, the worst (most risky) medicine to take during pregnancy is valproate.

There is also risk of having a seizure during pregnancy. Often some kind of medicine is a good idea, if it is needed, to prevent seizures during pregnancy. ...Read more

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I thought tegratol was an epilepsy medicine, but are some people using it for chronic pain?

I thought tegratol was an epilepsy medicine, but are some people using it for chronic pain?

Yes: Neuroleptics are a general class of drugs that have their primary act ion on nerve cells, or particular neurotransmitters (the chemical released at the end of one neuron activating the next neuron). Since none that we have purely affect a specific nerve cell or a specific transmitter or just one part of the brain, clinically one drug can be useful for multiple disorders, as in case u asked. ...Read more

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Hi I've got epilepsy I was just curious in case I ever have a seizure what causes seizures is it possible to have one on epilepsy medicine.?

Hi I've got epilepsy I was just curious in case I ever have a seizure what causes seizures is it possible to have one on epilepsy medicine.?

Many causes: Many causes for the different types of epilepsy. Yes you can have breakthrough seizures on medication. Many people do fine with proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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How long should you have to wait to drink beer or wine after taking epilepsy medicines?

Wrong question: One drink of beer or wine is not the problem, no cut off number is available---but people with epilepsy will have more seizures if they abuse alcohol, mostly from alcohol withdrawal or after binge drinking--also alcohol affect drug treatment and compliance. ...Read more

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Hi doctor could you tell me Abilify (aripiprazole) medicine 15mg can use for epilepsy or can't use?

Hi doctor could you tell me Abilify (aripiprazole) medicine 15mg can use for epilepsy or can't use?

Not for epilepsy: No, Abilify (aripiprazole) is not a medication to use for epilepsy. If you're instead asking whether it can be used for psychosis in epileptic patients, it can be -- but with strict monitoring by neurologists and psychiatrists. ...Read more

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I'm on trileptal liquid because I don't take pills yet but can you still have a seizure while on epilepsy medicine.? How likely is it what are causes?

I'm on trileptal liquid because I don't take pills yet but can you still have a seizure while on epilepsy medicine.? How likely is it what are causes?

Seizure is possible: It is possible to have a seizure while on anti seizure medication. Causes include non compliance with meds (missing doses), sub therapeutic levels, drug interactions resulting in rapid metabolism of the anti seizure medicine, addition of substances likely to increase seizures such as caffeine, pain meds, antidepressants, etc. There are many causes of seizures. Talk with your doctor about your risk ...Read more

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What drugs are used to treat epilepsy?

What drugs are used to treat epilepsy?

Many various: There are many different causes of epilepsy and, therefore, many different medications used to treat it. Probably the most well-known medications are Phenobarbital and dilantin. This is a complex subject and should be discussed with a neurologist. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been diagnosed with posttraumatic epilepsy and have it under control with medicine, can I become a cop?

Pretty difficult.: Many jurisdictions have specific restrictions. You should inquire with the areas you'd be interested in. ...Read more

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My boy is 14 years old and suffered epilepsy for two years. He is taking the Chinese medicine and his condition repeats sometimes. How to cure? Thx

Hard to say: There are some forms of seizure disorder that occur in kids that will eventually disappear as they get older. Unfortunately, those that begin in late childhood may reflect a true lifelong seizure disorder. Medication can often reduce the seizure frequency in most patients, but may be needed for years if not for life. Evaluation by a seizure specialist may give you specific answers. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to use social drugs while having epilepsy?

AVOID IT TOTALLY: Tendency to experience seizure is always present and many events can drop protective threshold. Recreational drugs are notorious, as maybe also alcohol in some cases. Drugs such as cocaine, amphetamines, speed, are critically risky and life-threatening. Social drugs, whatever that implies, should be totally avoided unless you have a "death wish". Talk to your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Should I tell doctors about the epilepsy? I refuse the drugs.

Epilepsy: You should be treated for epilepsy. Sometimes people can experience a prolonged seizure which can cause damage to brain, talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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I have both epilepsy and asperger's, might epileptic drugs suppress asperger's characteristics too?

Better or worse: Epilepsy medications all have side effects. Some of the newer ones have less systemic toxicity but more behavioral effects. Some are positive with mood stabilizing, others bring out depression and dopey feelings. I have found that those with autistic spectrum can react to medications in an unpredictable manner. Just good seizure control often makes social interaction better. ...Read more

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I had epilepsy and I used to medicine that name "depakhin 1000mg" for 5 years but now I left it and now I have hairloss problem so it can be that why?

I had epilepsy and I used to medicine that name "depakhin 1000mg" for 5 years but now I left it and now I have hairloss problem so it can be that why?

Yes that's an effect: That is one of the unfortunate side effects of valproic acid and its derivatives. I've got a number of patients for whom either Depakene or Depakote (Valproic Acid, generic) work beautifully to control their seizures or other problems for which we can use the medication BUT they start losing gobs and gobs of hair within several weeks to a couple of months. Hair loss stops after stopping drug. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to my anti epilepsy drugs. What are my other options?

Many options: It's unlikely you're allergic to all twenty or so meds for epilepsy. There are many medication options these days. No "herbal remedy" has been shown to be particularly effective (and in a recent study, less than half of supplements even had the listed ingredient inside!) Other possibilities include VNS. ...Read more

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Can my epilepsy or medicine intere with my abiliity to conceive?

Can my epilepsy or medicine intere with my abiliity to conceive?

Usually not: Patients with epilepsy may have a higher incidence of infertility, decreased libido. There are many factors that may include epilepsy itself as well as medications. This applies both to men and women. The majority of women with epilepsy have absolutely no problem conceiving. We recommend Folic Acid prior to conceiving to reduce risk of fetal malformations. Please see your neurologist. ...Read more

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It necessary to take medicine for mini seizures and are mini seizures considered epilepsy?

Generic answer: Not familiar with the term "mini seizure", but let's assume you imply a focal limited seizure which does not usually generalize. Yes, these should absolutely be treated, as there is always a risk of dysfunction which could lead to harm, generalization which could cause convulsion and injury, and lastly perhaps most critical, the phenomenon of sudden death in epilepsy. ...Read more

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Is it possible someone can get over epilepsy like it is gone after medicine and will never come back? .

Rarely: If the diagnosis of epilepsy i.e recurrent seizures without known cause is accurate then it can not be cured. If the seizures are due to a known cause and the cause is curable, then seizures can be cured and no need for medications. If the known cause itself is incurable then seizures can not be cured either. ...Read more

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Male 21years, 7yearssigns of epilepsy displayed, 12 years takes medication, Tegretol 200mg, 3 once a day. He didn't have improvement. Change medicine?

Male 21years, 7yearssigns of epilepsy displayed, 12 years takes medication, Tegretol 200mg, 3 once a day. He didn't have improvement. Change medicine?

Seizure management: It is advisable that the patient be switched over to other medications which are ssecond-generation drugs such as Keppra (levetiracetam) or Lamictal which are normally more effective and have less side effects. Switching her medication has to be done under medical supervision, please follow through with your neurologist while doing this. Anti-seizure medications have to be individualized. ...Read more

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Iam have been suffering for fits for 7 yrs. I consulted a neurophysician. He said it is epilepsy. He told to take medicinea for 3yrs. Eeg report normal.

Iam have been suffering for fits for 7 yrs. I consulted a neurophysician. He said it is epilepsy. He told to take medicinea for 3yrs. Eeg report normal.

Epilepsy: Since taking seizure medications can have side effects, may require blood monitoring, can be costly etc, you can choose to have a second opinion from another neurologist regarding your normal eeg and history of fits. ...Read more

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I m 27yr old nd I m trying to get pregnant frm last 6 months I m taking medicine also prescribed by gyne. I hv epilepsy problem I m taking 200mg daily?

And the question is?: Anti-epileptic medications must be used very cautiously in patients who are or are thinking about becoming pregnant since birth defects can occur at much higher rates compared with women not taking such medications. Make sure your doctor acknowledges the risks vs. Benefits of being on such medications for your condition if in fact you are serious about becoming pregnant. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Reeves
701 Doctors shared insights

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


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


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