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Anti-epileptic Drugs

Anti-epileptic drugs help prevent the rapid and repetitive electrical changes in the brain that cause seizures. The drugs in this class include Carbamazepine, Valproate, Gabapentin, Pregabalin, Topiramate, and Oxcarbazepine. Some of the side effects of these drugs are drowsiness, ataxia, headache, blurred vision, and nausea.

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Are medicines needed after epilepsy is 80% cured?

Query: Hi doctor, I would like to start by thanking you for the advice you may provide. This is regarding my sister, who is 16 years old. When she was younger, we noticed she would have these moments where she would just blank out. There were no body movements or other concerns, she would just zone out for...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concerns. First of all I like to inform you that 100% seizure control is the norm and no neurologist will sit back calmly when there is just 80% improvement as said by you. This is because every instance of seizure damages some part ...  Read Full »

Why do I have memory loss and feeling of deja vu after seizure?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having the following symptoms for the past three years. It includes very overwhelming feeling of doom, hand is frozen and unable to move, rising feeling in stomach making me feel sick, swallowing repeatedly, memory loss of what I was thinking about and also general memory loss after ...  Read Full »


Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your description of the episode is typical of partial seizure. It is likely to be complex partial seizures because of the deja vu (already experienced feeling) and memory loss. Since you are having recurrent seizures, you are suffering from epilepsy. It needs to be inves...  Read Full »

What could cause a constant neck pain following neck stiffness and headache?

Query: Hello doctor, A couple of weeks ago, I woke up with a bad headache and a very stiff neck. It was so painful that I could not make it through a regular day without crying and intense pain. Since this time, I have been to the doctor four times and each time, they gave me more medicines. I have also b...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptoms may be related to occipital neuralgia, which is an irritation of the occipital nerve, which lies in the back of your head. I would like to know what were the results of your neck x-ray. This neuralgia can be exacerbated by cervical spondyloarthritis. I ...  Read Full »

Can my child show behavioral changes due to antiepileptic drugs?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 3 years 9 months now. He has been diagnosed with benign childhood epilepsy. He is taking Clobazam 15 mg at night and Topiramate 100 mg per day for last four months. His seizures are under control and he attends LKG. The issue is that he is not able to concentrate in his studies ...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hi Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your question in detail. The initial dose of Topiramate is 1 mg/kg/day which is gradually increased to 5-10 mg/kg/day. Your child is getting 100 mg Topiramate which is around 6 mg/kg/day. So, the dosage of Topiramate is correct. There are some side effects lik...  Read Full »

What are the drugs incompatible with Quetiapine and Lamotrigine?

Query: Hi doctor, My query is regarding the incompatibility of Quetiapine and Lamotrigine with other groups of drugs. Now I have to get treatment for an anaerobic infection. I was prescribed Azithromycin, Clindamycin, Metronidazole and Mycomax. However, I will be extremely grateful if you list me all group...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Udey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As such for Lamotrigine following drug interactions need to be considered as important. Valproate increases plasma level of Lamotrigine, hence dose need to be decreased if given with Valproate. Also there are increased chances of rash if given with Valproate. Antiepile...  Read Full »

Can I take Carbamazepine while breastfeeding?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a mother of 1-month-old baby, who is exclusively breastfed. My baby is healthy and gaining normal weight. The problem is that he sleeps a lot. I have been taking Carbamazepine and Eslicarbazepine tablets for partial seizures. Are these tablets safe while breastfeeding? When I consult...  Read Full »


Dr. Sonal Prasad

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your doctor is right. Carbamazepine can get secreted in breast milk and it is the safest antiepileptic during lactation. 1-month-old baby sleeps a lot. They can sleep for about 18 to 20 hours a day. They will wake up only for feeds. As long as the baby is gaining weig...  Read Full »

I am diagnosed with a complex partial seizure. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, Recently my neurologist diagnosed me with complex partial seizure. However, after taking two different medications and increase in doses has not helped. So here is my story: several years back I had been going through an extreme amount of stress. I had some migraines: occasional sharp ...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on the description of these episodes, I agree with your doctor that these episodes seem to be related to complex partial seizures. I would like to directly review your EEG (electroencephalogram) reports if you can upload it. A normal EEG is not surprising in com...  Read Full »

I feel dizzy and disoriented after taking Briviact. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently tried switching medicines from Phenytoin to Briviact. Last night, was the first time I tried it. I am transitioning off the Phenytoin. I became dizzy, disoriented and felt very weird. I have not had a seizure in the last 9 years. But, I was not ready to go off the medicines,...  Read Full »


Dr. Hardik Nareshbhai Rajyaguru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Drowsiness and sleepiness are the most common side effect of the Briviact (Brivaracetam). Usually, this side effect will get reduced over three to four days. If it does not improve, then I think you should switch back to Phenytoin. As you said, there were no seizures f...  Read Full »

Is dizziness a side effect of tablet Levera?

Query: Hello doctor, Two years back, I had a left PICA Aneurysm (Posterior Inferior Cerebellar Artery), for which it was coiled. Since then, I am taking tablet Levipil. Right now, I am taking tablet Levera XR 750 mg once daily. Sometimes, when I sit for a long time that too only when I use the Indian styl...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajay Panwar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Dizziness that you are having is a very normal phenomenon, which occurs in a large number of normal individuals. It may happen while standing from sitting position, because of a relatively low cerebral perfusion (blood supply to the brain) for a few seconds. It is durin...  Read Full »

My child is epileptic and has headaches and seizures. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My child is 11 years old and is epileptic. She is taking the tablet Epliex Chrono 300 mg. She always complains of headaches and seizures. Her MRI reports are normal. However, the EEG shows an ictal headache. She always passes stools without informing. Please suggest some other medicine...  Read Full »


Dr. Archana. G.

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Epilepsy is a long-term disease that needs long-term medication, and nothing can be done. I cannot change the medications. I suggest your son undergo a colonoscopy to know if you have intussusception. Please attach the colonoscopy and ultrasound reports.  Read Full »

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