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

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

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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Best medicine for epileptic seizures? Daughter was on oxcarbazepine 300mg. 1.5 2x daily and she had two seizures in one day after being on it for almost 1 month.

Best medicine for epileptic seizures? Daughter was on oxcarbazepine 300mg. 1.5 2x daily and she had two seizures in one day after being on it for almost 1 month.

See below: Why oxcarbazepine, an older generic drug which can cause low sodium, liver toxicity, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, and teratogenic risks? Most epilepsy specialists might choose lamotrigine, depakote, vimpat, (lacosamide) keppra, as alternative drugs. Furthermore, you need to have her within a therapeutic range on any med, and the above dose is not close. Get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Epilepsey what are the good medicines for treating epilepsey / seizures in today's technology

Epilepsey what are the good medicines for treating epilepsey / seizures in today's technology

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

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Can I still drink alcohol if im taking medicine to prevent combustion/seizures?

Can I still drink alcohol if im taking medicine to prevent combustion/seizures?

Only if you're Mario: People don't combust after seizures. On the other hand, mario (of super brothers fame) does! alcohol is another matter as far as messing with seizures and antiseizure medications, so you best discuss this important matter with your physician. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I woke up at 3 and ever since then I have lost my balance standing up and sometimes sitting I am taking seizure medicine so I don't think I had one?

I woke up at 3 and ever since then I have lost my balance standing up and sometimes sitting I am taking seizure medicine so I don't think I had one?

Go to Hospital: You might be having a vertigo which is spinning feeling and loss of balance
Also this might indicate a stroke and therefore I would ask you to get it checked soon. Thanks ...Read more

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Can anti-seizure medicine be used to treat bell's palsy?

Can anti-seizure medicine be used to treat bell's palsy?

No: Bell's palsy is facial weakness or paralysis that is thought to be caused by a viral infection. It is not a seizure and therefore those seizure medications would not be helpful. ...Read more

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Bipolar is treated with several kinds of anti-seizure medicine. Does this mean bipolar is a seizure illness? Functional or epileptic?

Bipolar is treated with several kinds of anti-seizure medicine. Does this mean bipolar is a seizure illness? Functional or epileptic?

Bipolar and epilepsy: So far there is no strong evidence that bipolar disease is caused by a part of your brain having seizures. Nonetheless many patients with epilepsy have also mood disorders including bipolar. The response to anti-seizure medication (to treat bipolar symptoms) is not restricted the persons who have the diagnosis of epilepsy.
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My son is on two different anti-seizure medicine and he stop taking on yesterday because the doctor will not refill. Now he feels numb in the face.

My son is on two different anti-seizure medicine and he stop taking on yesterday because the doctor will not refill. Now he feels numb in the face.

Refill: Not sure why meds not refilled, but if you have seizures you need to take meds. Choices to get refill include: calling doctor or on call doctor, urgent care, er, or contact HealthTap ...Read more

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I hve seizures how do I know if my baby gonna hve dem or not cause my baby stay moving a lot. I'm 32 weeks pregnant plus I still take seizure medicine?

I hve seizures how do I know if my baby gonna hve dem or not cause my baby stay moving a lot. I'm 32 weeks pregnant plus I still take seizure medicine?

Depends: It depends on what the etiology of your seizure disorder might be. The risk to a child is when you have an inherited form of epilepsy. Speak to your neurologist about your concern. ...Read more

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How come of the seizure medicines; depakote, tegretol and klonopin (clonazepam) -why is klonopin (clonazepam) only known for withdrawls?

See below;: It is important to note that discontinuing any of those medications abruptly puts a person with epilepsy at risk of increased seizure frequency. The same is only true for clonazepam in a person *without* epilepsy, and therein lies your answer: clonazepam works differently than the other two and is associated with withdrawal disorders, like alcohol and certain drugs. ...Read more

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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

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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

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Drugs. Com says several of my medications have major interactions could they be beneficial even with so many potentially causing seizures?

Drugs. Com says several of my medications have major interactions could they be beneficial even with so many potentially causing seizures?

The potential for: A drug combination to cause seizures does not mean that they will cause seizures. Other things are factored in - such as your age, if there is pulmonary or renal disease, if there is pre-existing seizure disorder. If there is a high risk for a bad drug interaction then it is less likely that most providers would order it. If a particular side effect occurs very rarely - it may be more faborabl ...Read more

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What anesthetic drugs percipitate seizures.?

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

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What is the drug of choice in treating absence seizures?

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

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Help plz! Can prescription drugs cause seizures?

Help plz! Can prescription drugs cause seizures?

Some: Prescription medications could potentially lower seizure threshold. ...Read more

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Overdose+life+supportdoes having seizures while on life support after drug overdose have meaning (good or bad)?

Overdose+life+supportdoes having seizures while on life support after drug overdose have meaning (good or bad)?

Acute vs subsequent: Acute seizures during the overdose indicate toxic state or withdrawal state. This may resolve with good supportive care. Subsequent seizures usually indicate severe brain damage with bad outcome. ...Read more

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Can perpehnazine cause a seizure if im only taking 1 mg a day? Is there a drug for schriz with no side effects of potential seizures?

Can perpehnazine cause a seizure if im only taking 1 mg a day? Is there a drug for schriz with no side effects of potential seizures?

Yes but unlikely. NO: Among all medications for schizophrenia (antipsychotics/ old and new), perphenazine is mild and least likely to cause seizures at the dose you are taking. All medications available till now can potentially make seizures worse. ...Read more

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My daughter now 5 is been administered with levipil daily 2ml for once she had an seizure attack way back in october 2012, is it a good medicine?

My daughter now 5 is been administered with levipil daily 2ml for once she had an seizure attack way back in october 2012, is it a good medicine?

Re-evaluate need: Based on the circumstances you describe, I would question the need for your daughter to be on medication. A single, brief, seizure-like episode and she has since been fine now for nearly a year and a half. I think it is time to speak to her doctor about tapering her off of the medication and then observing to see how she does. ...Read more

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Is Dilantin still one of the best drugs to treat seizures?

Dilantin: Dilantin is a good medication for seizures. There are newer medications that may have fewer side effects. However, if you have been taking Dilantin for years and your seizures are controlled, I am of the opinion "if it a'int broke don't fix it." ...Read more

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What can I expect when a person is taken to the hospital when they have a drug/alcohol induced seizure?

What can I expect when a person is taken to the hospital when they have a drug/alcohol induced seizure?

Drug/alcohol related: ...Seizures are more likely to result in death than natural seizures. The brain is more likely to be starved for air even before the seizure starts, and stopped breathing is more common. ...Read more

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On phenobarbitone fr 9months since day9 of birth aftr suffering seizure. No further seizure till date. Mri normal. Wen can I stop the drug?

On phenobarbitone fr 9months since day9 of birth aftr suffering seizure. No further seizure till date. Mri normal. Wen can I stop the drug?

NEONATAL SEIZURE: I advise to do EEG, if EEG will be normal so Phenobarbital may be weaned off gradually over weeks and then a follow up with the neurologist is recommended closely 2-4 weeks after the medicine is completely weaned off. ...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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What does it mean when every muscle in your body tightens up and you have this seizure like episode and can't move for a good 5-10 mins? (Drugs used)

Could be drugs: Which drugs did you use? I would advise you to seek drug rehab now to get off of the drugs. It sounds like the drugs induced a seizure, Next time it could kill you. ...Read more

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I'm in Lamictol for seizures. Would this affect a drug test? & I have smoke pot for several yrs (small amnts) haven't smoked in 2 weeks, would it show?

I'm in Lamictol for seizures. Would this affect a drug test? & I have smoke pot for several yrs (small amnts) haven't smoked in 2 weeks, would it show?

Cannabis: Would show up on a screen for drugs of abuse but not on most standard tests. Single use of marijuana should be out of your urine in 1 to 7 days. Regular use of marijuana – should be out of urine in 7 to 100 days. Single use marijuana can be detected 12 to 24 hours in blood. Regular use marijuana can be detected for 2 to 7 days in blood. Marijuana regular use detected in hair for months. Single _ ...Read more

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Is having a schizophrenic episode or an epileptic seizure anything like a hallucinogen drug?

Schizoph./Seizure: Acute psychotic phase of schizophrenia, and during the aura phase of a seizure, it can be similar to hallucinogenic experience, although duration varies. ...Read more

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Can anti seizure medication be detected in a drug screen?

Yes: In today's world almost any drug can be detected on tests. But it depends on wether they are screening for that drug. It is best to always give a complete list of medications when undergoing any drug screen as many drugs cross react. ...Read more

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Can more than one drug be used for the treatment of epilepsy and seizures?

Yes: Whereas in the past there were only a few drugs, now there are many that can be customized based on risk factors and even the type of seizures. Older medicines like Depakote and Dilantin are still used, and still work well, but new medications like Keppra (levetiracetam) are becoming the mainstay in treatment for many types of seizures. ...Read more