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If I have a seizure disorder, am I more likely to seize in alcohol withdrawal?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Alcohol withdrawal makes seizure more likely even in people without a pre-existing seizure disorder.
If you have such a disorder, it further increases the risk. On the other hand, if you are already taking anti-seizure medication, it may make alcohol withdrawal seizure less likely. It won't protect you from other medical complications of alcohol withdrawal though, which can be serious.

In brief: Yes
Alcohol withdrawal makes seizure more likely even in people without a pre-existing seizure disorder.
If you have such a disorder, it further increases the risk. On the other hand, if you are already taking anti-seizure medication, it may make alcohol withdrawal seizure less likely. It won't protect you from other medical complications of alcohol withdrawal though, which can be serious.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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Dr. Ravi Srivastava
Addiction Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Yes.

In brief: Yes
Yes.
Dr. Ravi Srivastava
Dr. Ravi Srivastava
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes.
Alcohol acts like a very weak anti-seizure medication, but it also burns out the receptors that seizure medications use to work on the brain.

In brief: Yes.
Alcohol acts like a very weak anti-seizure medication, but it also burns out the receptors that seizure medications use to work on the brain.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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