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Medicine For Night Seizures
I'm looking for the best medicine to control night seizures for my 21 year old son. He is on 4000mg of keppra (levetiracetam) a day, but seems like not doing the job?
Anticonvulsants: There are many other antiseizure medications available that might be helpful to your son. You should contact the person prescribing his Keppra (levetiracetam) to discuss alternatives. ...Read more
Poor seizure control: The brain is actually very active during sleep. Many epilepsy patients are prone to convulsions during sleep. Some children only have seizures during sleep. Good seizure management should include eeg evaluation during sleep. Appropriate use of medications, especially just at bedtime may help avoid these types of seizures. ...Read more
Night seizure: "sleep study" in a special room with video + ekg + electroencephalogralhy recording during sleep (or an eeg made to record 24h) will catch the seizure. All recordings would be then be analysed to properly diagnose the kind of seizure. There is not specific seizure that only happen at night. ...Read more
Seizures at anytime: Indicate a problem.Get a more detailed answer ›
Treatment for nig-SZ: Once the type of sz is identified, there are classes of meds specifically made for different types of sz. Some meds are for a lot of different types, some are more specific. Frequently, many meds are combined to control seizures. ...Read more
Myoclonic jerk: It is not a seizure.Get a more detailed answer ›
Sleep disorder: Sleep is very complex. We go into a state of paralysis normally during rem sleep. Often we have muscle jerks and spasms during sleep, or even talk and walk about in our sleep. Seizures can be activated by sleep. A good quality sleep eeg may be of value. Special sleep studies can be performed to better characterize your sleep. ...Read more
NO: Seizures occur when the brain becomes "irritable" for some reason. I believe a common occurrence for this at night would be a reduced oxygen level as might occur in someone with sleep apnea. You should have sleep studies performed to rule this out as it would be easily addressed with CPAP to prevent the low oxygen levels. Definitely check with your neurologist. ...Read more
Can arrhythmias cause major sleep disturbances nightly? (i have already been tested for apnea and night seizures and have differing results...).
I'm epileptic and have never had night seizures before. I've been waking up tired, bitten tongue, bruised head, leg over the bed. Should I be concerned?
Yes!: It certainly seems as if you are having seizures at night (though not 100% sure). Call your doc and get checked. Your medications may need to be adjusted. Stop any over the counter meds or supplements you may be taking that your doctor has not okayed. No alcohol or recreational drugs either! Call today. ...Read more
Did my daughter suffer before she died? My daughter had a severe allergic reaction to a drug administered for a seizure in the hospital the night after her surgery....She died of anaphylaxis we were told she suffocated to death...Would you have answers as
I: I am so sorry for your loss. I have seen many patients in my career who have had anaphylaxis and were brought by ambulance (these reactions were from medications taken at home, bee stings, or allergy shots) and I will tell you that the patients did not have pain. Anaphylaxis is so severe and so sudden that the patient very often immediately loses consciousness because their blood pressure drops. Because the blood pressure drops so suddenly, I do not think that she would have suffered or have pain based on my experience. Again, I am so sorry for the loss you have gone through. ...Read more
What will taking lsd do to my brain/body if I have epilepsy and take the drug keppra? I only get seizures when falling asleep or waking up, and have never had a grand mal seizure, only petite mal. I take 2 keppra at night and 1 in the morning.
STAY AWAY FROM LSD: Any hallucinogen has the potential to increase the number and severity of seizures, whether grand mal or petit mal. The worst ones are mdma and pcp, but lsd can cause problems as well. Furthermore, you do not know what you are taking when you get something called "lsd." it can literally be anything, and you are putting your life, your health and your trust into people who are dealing drugs. ...Read more
Very Few..: Very few actually precipitate (cause) seizures, although many anesthetic drugs and drugs administered in the "peri-operative. Period" do lower the seizure threshold. This might "increase" the possibility of a seizure if these drugs were given in unusually large amounts, which they rarely are...Narcotics, ketamine, anticholinergics, antihistamines, insulin, some antibiotics. No worry! ...Read more
Whatever works: Several medications have been successful in treating absence seizures. In children this may be ethosuximide, valproate, lamictal, etc. In adults with focal abnormalities this may include trileptal, vimpat, (lacosamide) zonegran, etc. A quality eeg is necessary, and a good neurological evaluation is necessary. ...Read more
Several: It is important to determine what type of seizures you have. Although some anti seizure meds will handle multiple seizure types, some meds are better for certain types of seizures (generalized vs. Focal). A mismatch between seizure type and antiseizure meds could make seizures worse. Many seizure meds work well and do not cause significant side effects. Discuss individual details with your md. ...Read more
I had a seizure last year and I am treating with fenitoin and it works what do you think about this medicine?
Phenytoin: Is an older anti epileptic drug. It is used for GTC and partial seizures. The drug level has to be monitored periodically to minimize chances of toxicity. It has long term side effects to watch out for including gum hypertrophy and osteoporosis, if well tolerated could be very effective. Since is controlling your epilepsy without adverse effects change may not be indicated ...Read more
What happens if I have a history of seizures but have it controlled with medecine, can I still join either the army/marines?
No: "Epilepsy (345) occurring beyond the 6 th birthday, unless the applicant has been free of seizures for a period of 5 years while taking no medication for seizure control, and has a normal electroencephalogram (EEG) is disqualifying. All such applicants will have a current neurology consultation with current EEG results." See: http://usmilitary. About. Com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/neurological. Htm ...Read more