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Will phenytoin (dilantin) 100 mg control grand mal seizures?

Will phenytoin (dilantin) 100 mg control grand mal seizures?

It is possible: It is possible 100 mg dilantin could control grand mal seizures. For an adult, this dose is rather small, a more typical dose is 200 or 300 mg each day. However, the best dose is the lowest dose that prevents seizures. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Seizures (Uncontrollable Jerking Of Limbs) (Definition)

A seizure is a symptom in which a person has a convulsion or epileptic attack, usually involving jerking movements of the head, limbs, and rest of the body. It represents abnormal brain function, and can be caused by fever (mainly in young children), by brain infections or tumors, by drug abuse or overdoses, by chemical imbalances, sleep deprivation, etc. ...Read more


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Can an anti-epileptic drug such as keppra (levetiracetam) prevent seizures that happen from taking tramadol?

Can an anti-epileptic drug such as keppra (levetiracetam) prevent seizures that happen from taking tramadol?

Perhaps.: In theory, the answer is yes. However, the vast majority of patients who do not already have a seizure disorder will never have seizures or seizure-like activity if they remain below 300mg/day of tramadol. If seizure-like activity is noted, the better choice is to eliminate tramadol, rather than minimize side effects with yet another medication. ...Read more

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Side effects from taking keppra (levetiracetam) for seizures?

Side effects from taking keppra (levetiracetam) for seizures?

Moodiness: Keppra (levetiracetam) is a remarkably safe medication. It is handled by the body in a manner that does not damage liver or blood or kidney. However, it can affect mood and emotions and produce unusual behaviors. ...Read more

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Why phenytoin considered nonsedative antiepileptic?

Why phenytoin considered nonsedative antiepileptic?

Phenytoin: Not sure what you mean. Phenytoin is not considered to be a sedative by definition. This stands for the fact it doesn't possess properties that inhibit the brain in such a way as to induce relaxation, drowsiness, somnolence, calming. ...Read more

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What anesthetic drugs percipitate seizures.?

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 procedure for weaning off anti epileptic drugs, specifically keppra (levetiracetam)?

What is the procedure for weaning off anti epileptic drugs, specifically keppra (levetiracetam)?

With Your Doctor: Weaning off of Keppra (levetiracetam) will depend on the dosage and length of time on the medication. It would be tapered down, much the same as it is generally started. Because of complications, it should only be done under your doctor's supervision. It is not something to try on your own at home. ...Read more

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Why keppra (levetiracetam) or valporic acid prescribed by doctor to a non epileptic myoclonus patient? Trembling of hands, migraine are side effects of valporic acid?

Why keppra (levetiracetam) or valporic acid prescribed by doctor to a non epileptic myoclonus patient? Trembling of hands, migraine are side effects of valporic acid?

Valproic acid: Causes tremors of the hands very frequently. It is uncommon for it to cause migraines; in fact, it it's widely used to prevent migraines ...Read more

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What has more side effects Dilantin or topamax (topiramate) and can topamax (topiramate) cause seizures?

What has more side effects Dilantin or topamax (topiramate) and can topamax (topiramate) cause seizures?

Jeff24, U need help: I see that you posted many questions all related to your "seizure" which you may have had 14 yrs ago. Despite multiple answers from different docs, you are not satisfied and seem to obsess about this issue quite abit. Topamax (topiramate) is actually used to treat both seizure and migraine. Jeff24, call your doc and make an appointment for follow-up. I think you have obscessive-compulsive-disorder. Good luck. ...Read more

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Topamax (topiramate) addto Dilantin + med change then increased multiple seizures ER dr said Dilantin levels are toxic. Caused by topamax (topiramate)? When seizures stop?

Topamax (topiramate) addto Dilantin + med change then increased multiple seizures ER dr said Dilantin levels are toxic.  Caused by topamax (topiramate)?   When seizures stop?

Me no understand: Your statement sounds like Morse Code to me. Some of it I get but maybe you can restate it a bit more calmly. If Dilantin were added to Topamax (topiramate) then, yes toxic levels of Dilantin could occur. If other way around then, we'd expect levels of Topamax (topiramate) to decrease not Dilantin increase. Sounds like you need to check in with your neurologist for a "realignment" of some sort with your meds. ...Read more

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(Allegra, ortho tri-cyclen, Cymbalta)-GP prescribed. (Baclofen, Carb/Levo, & Adderall)-added by Neurologist. Interact. b/w meds to cause hypnic jerks?

(Allegra, ortho tri-cyclen, Cymbalta)-GP prescribed.
(Baclofen, Carb/Levo, & Adderall)-added by Neurologist. Interact. b/w meds to cause hypnic jerks?

Reconciliation: If different doctors all use electronic medical records, and they perform "medication reconciliation" at each visit so that they all know what doctor prescribed which medication, likelihood is high that the systems alerts of any potential problems with the medications. The Affordable Care Act (=Obamacare) mandates medication reconciliation. ...Read more

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Which causes asthenia after not taking; 1-Haloperidol 2-Carbamazepine 3-Lamotrigine 4-Biperiden 5-Methocarbamol 6-Quetiapine 7-Clomipramine?

Which causes asthenia after not taking; 1-Haloperidol  
2-Carbamazepine
3-Lamotrigine
4-Biperiden
5-Methocarbamol
6-Quetiapine
7-Clomipramine?

Asthenia : Weakness can be caused by induction of an adrenal deficiency in the setting of chronic steroid use ( withdrawal ) Any of the medications listed can produce perceived weakness in the setting of anxiety. ...Read more

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How effective is Levetiracetam (Keppra)for treating epilepsy?

How effective is Levetiracetam (Keppra)for treating epilepsy?

Effective: Lepta is one of the newer generation of anti seizure medications. It can be very effective and is often thought of as a first line treatment. ...Read more

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Are migraines a keppra (levetiracetam) withdrawal symptom?

Are migraines a keppra (levetiracetam) withdrawal symptom?

Neurologist : Headache can be a side effect of Keppra (levetiracetam) medication. Migraine, however, is a specific diagnosis, which is usually not caused by a specific medication. You can have neurologist consultation to discuss further. ...Read more

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Does Lyrica (pregabalin) contain barbiturates?

Does Lyrica (pregabalin) contain barbiturates?

No relation to: Lyrica! Different class of drugs! Used for different conditions! ...Read more

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How effective is Phenytoin (Dilantin) for treating epilepsy?

How effective is Phenytoin (Dilantin) for treating epilepsy?

Can be effective: Phenytoin is one of the oldest patent medicines used to treat epilepsy. It has been an effective treatment. Due to its sedating effect and other side effects, newer agents have replaced it as a first line treatment. It continues to be an effective alternative treatment. ...Read more

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Lexapro, celexa, keppra (levetiracetam) xr, Depakote ER for racing thoughts, which is best?

Lexapro, celexa, keppra (levetiracetam) xr, Depakote ER for racing thoughts, which is best?

Racing thoughts: If the racing thoughts are from bipolar disorder, Depakote is probably the best. Keppra (levetiracetam) has been studied in bipolar depression, but the results have not been so good. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21034692 Lexapro and Celexa are both antidepressants which could worsen bipolar disorder if given by themselves without a mood stabilizer like depakote. ...Read more

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Does Dilantin work for hypoglycemic seizures?

No: Hypoglycemic seizures will not typically respond to anti-epileptic medications. The main treatment will be to keep your blood glucose level up by eating small frequent meals. However, be cautious, because a person can have both hypoglycemic seizures and epileptic seizures. So you may need to take a seizure med like Dilantin and watch your blood sugar levels. ...Read more

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Switching from topamax to generic topiramate for seizure control ok before ttc?

Switching from topamax to generic topiramate for seizure control ok before ttc?

Yes: Good quality topiramate generic is as good as brand. Be sure to stay with one quality form and not switch brands. A mild change in blood level may occur, but can be improved with minor change in daily dose. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Convulsion (Definition)

Convulsion = violent, involuntary contraction(s) of the muscles which may occur due ...Read more


Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Ethosuximide (Definition)

Ethosuximide is a seizure agent which is a kind of ...Read more