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Can lamictal induce/worsen seizures rather than suppress them? Been on it for ten days and today had my first big episode. Previously just nocturnal.
Is it safe to take Effexor (venlafaxine) with epilepsy medication (epilem), im worried its going to worsen my seizures?
Yes.: There is data that Effexor can slightly lower the seizure threshold slightly in the general population. In those with epilepsy antidepressants with serotonergic function can actually raise the seizure threshold. The most recent literature clearly states venlafaxine is safe in those with epilepsy: http://www.Sciencedirect.Com/science/article/pii/s0014299911009526. The xr form may be safer still. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bad brain activity: A seizure is an abnormal motor or sensory event that is caused by abnormal electrical discharges of the brain. Usually the brain can inhibit or suppress abnormal activity. However in certain disease states, genetic syndromes, scarring of the brain or acute infection or injury, the brain inhibition is lost and seizure activity will occur. ...Read more
Excitable brain cell: Anything that causes brain cells to be irritated or overexcitable can cause a seizure. Genetic causes of epilepsy that lead to an abnormality in excitability of neurons or miswiring of connections can cause seizures. Also, any scar or lesion on the brain can cause seizure. Infections and other conditions that alter the body's normal chemistry can cause seizures. ...Read more
Seizure causes: There are around 200, 000 new seizures and epilepsy cases each year, and a cause is only identified in about 30% of those cases. The most common causes include stroke, brain tumors, head injuries, genetic conditions, infections, abnormal sodium or blood sugar levels, etc. Certain factors known to provoke seizures include missing medication doses, alcohol/drugs, sleep deprivation and stress. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer