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Medicine For 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
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
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
My medicine related to epilepsy keeps my blood pressure at high.... Any way out pls... I will appriciate?
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
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
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
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
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 doctor could you tell me Abilify (aripiprazole) medicine 15mg can use for epilepsy or can't use?
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
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
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
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
Seizures: Entirely on the clinician and standards of care. ...Read more
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
Currently, I am taking epilim200 for epilepsy. It is been a long years I have take this drug. Does it effects my fertility?
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
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
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
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
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
I have epilepsy, overdoses, and motorbike accidents. And had IV medicine that irritates the vein when given and then they normally again?
Unclear: ...your question is not clear. Please re-phrase it. ...Read more
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
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.
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