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Is it okay to drink alcohol with a seizure disorder that is controlled?
5 doctors weighed in

Emily Lu
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Only 1-2 drinks/day
Small amounts of alcohol consumption (1-2 drinks/day) has been found to be not a problem in patients with well-controlled epilepsy.
However, 3 or more drinks can be a problem, so if you do plan on drinking, watch your alcohol intake! when in doubt, ask your doctor about whether alcohol will interact with the anti-epileptics you are taking.

In brief: Only 1-2 drinks/day
Small amounts of alcohol consumption (1-2 drinks/day) has been found to be not a problem in patients with well-controlled epilepsy.
However, 3 or more drinks can be a problem, so if you do plan on drinking, watch your alcohol intake! when in doubt, ask your doctor about whether alcohol will interact with the anti-epileptics you are taking.
Emily Lu
Emily Lu
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
In brief: Yes but not drunk
If your seizures are under control, it is probably OK to drink alcohol.
Getting drunk will put you in danger of lowering your seizure threshold and causing a seizure.

In brief: Yes but not drunk
If your seizures are under control, it is probably OK to drink alcohol.
Getting drunk will put you in danger of lowering your seizure threshold and causing a seizure.
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Almost every anti-epileptic drug used has interactions with alcohol, and I regret having to disagree with my colleague. Occasional "social drinking" (1-2 drinks) may be fine, but ANY regular drinking can interfere with blood levels of tegretol, dilantin, phenobarbital, depakote and MANY other meds. Talk to your prescribing physician and/or pharmacist.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
In brief: No, it isn't
Alcohol can itself provoke seizures in susceptible individuals.
More importantly, any regular use of alcohol can interfere with most of the drugs used to treat seizure disorders. It will lower the drug level, decreasing its effectiveness. Your doctor may then raise the dose to get it to a therapeutic level. If you then stop drinking, the levels can go up and become toxic. Talk to the prescriber.

In brief: No, it isn't
Alcohol can itself provoke seizures in susceptible individuals.
More importantly, any regular use of alcohol can interfere with most of the drugs used to treat seizure disorders. It will lower the drug level, decreasing its effectiveness. Your doctor may then raise the dose to get it to a therapeutic level. If you then stop drinking, the levels can go up and become toxic. Talk to the prescriber.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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