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What's going to happen if I take a 5mg lamotrigine tablet if I don't have epilepsy?

What's going to happen if I take a 5mg lamotrigine tablet if I don't have epilepsy?

Lamictal: Depending on your age and what other meds. Are taken, 5mg. Is low dose and most likely only slight sedation until wears off. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Reeves
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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. Epileptic seizures may occasionally result in loss of consciousness and confusion. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal ...Read more


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I have read about epilepsy and back pain but I don't the connecction between the two.?

I have read about epilepsy and back pain but I don't the connecction between the two.?

Epilepsy& back pain: Epilepsy by itself does not cause back pain, but if some one with epilepsy complains of back pain, we have to investigate that as there have been reports of spine fractures, which happenwhen patient gets the attack and can fall down or hit some other stucture or furniture and does not have any memory of that.Same goes for pain elsewhere. ...Read more

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Why go for a test for epilepsy? I refuse the meds., am very careful of the triggers, and don't drive.

Why go for a test  for epilepsy?  I refuse the meds., am very careful of the triggers, and  don't drive.

Epilepsy Testing: If you are not going to terminate a pregnancy you may still wish to get the test so you know what to expect and how to treat yourself differently so that your future looks as good as possible. Same with Epilepsy - with testing you may find life changes which may make a difference or may find that a specific treatment may improve your life ALOT. ...Read more

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Hi I got epilepsy can you get frustrated with epilepsy in your mind can it make you do things you don't mean to.?

Hi I got epilepsy can you get frustrated with epilepsy in your mind can it make you do things you don't mean to.?

Yes indeed: Make sure you have your serum sodium checked on Trileptal. The sodium level can drop to levels that can cause all sort of problems with normal brain function. If you crave salty foods, by all means go for it. Let your doctor know about the problem you are having and ask about having your Trileptal and sodium level checked. ...Read more

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I was wondering if taking a 750mg epilepsy (keppra) pill (or half of it) would be dangerous to do if i don't have it?

I was wondering if taking a 750mg epilepsy (keppra) pill (or half of it) would be dangerous to do if i don't have it?

Probably not.: Let's assume you are taking it for seizures. The standard form of Keppra (levetiracetam) is taken twice a day. Doses vary, but the proper dose is the one that controls seizures without causing side effects. That dose is usually between 500 to 3000 mg per day. In general, these doses are well tolerated. ...Read more

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Im on tegral for epilepsy which doesn't get precipitated with flashing lights, and fit free for 3 months. I want to get lasik done. Is it ok?

Im on tegral for epilepsy which doesn't get precipitated with flashing lights, and fit free for 3 months. I want to get lasik done. Is it ok?

SEE NO PROBLEM: But, need to make certain that your med dosing places you well within therapeutic range, and that you do not miss meds prior or after the procedure. No contraindication for Lasik in a patient with epilepsy. ...Read more

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I was treated with epilepsy for 5 years and it was gone. Now after 3 years it has reoccurred. Isn't there any permanent treatment for it? Thanks

No: Treatment for seizures is aimed at control not cure. The only possibility of cure is when there is a very localized focus of seizure activity that can be removed by a neurosurgeon. Patients who go from 2-4 seizure free years have up to a. 70% chance of discontinuing medication without recurrence. This leaves a 39% chance of recurrence. ...Read more

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I haven't suffered from an epileptic fit in nearly 9 and a half years. Does this mean I've been cured of epilepsy?

I haven't suffered from an epileptic fit in nearly 9 and a half years. Does this mean I've been cured of epilepsy?

Possibly: Some people with epilepsy may have no symptoms for years. It is hard to say if they are cured or not. If you are still taking medicine, you could not say you are cured. If your EEG is abnormal, you could not say you are cured. Even if you have a normal EEG and do not take medicine to prevent seizures, there is still a chance of recurrence. But the chance is much less in this case, typically. ...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


Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epileptic Seizures (Definition)

Epileptic seizures are a clinical finding in which a person with a known seizure disorder (epilepsy) has a seizure (repeated, uncontrolled movement ...Read more