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HomeAnswersNeurologyepilepsyI am taking epilepsy medicine. Is this causing my symptoms?

Are my symptoms a side effect of Epanutin?


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Published At December 26, 2016
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I feel I can see everything around me at the same time, although I am focusing on some other thing. When someone sitting next to me or across me makes any movement like scratching their nose, shoulder, knee or even twitch an arm, then I quickly look in that direction and back. I feel people think that I am watching them and now, I am trying to avoid people, but it is difficult at work. I had the same issue about nine years ago. I am using Epanutin for 20 years with Rivotril for about two years for epilepsy. Previously, I was using Epanutin, Topamax and Lamictin. My Epanutin level is 100%. I wanted to know whether the symptoms are any side effect of the medications that I am consuming.


Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, the symptoms that you are explaining could result from drugs like Epanutin (Phenytoin). I suppose you should mention this to your doctor and let them evaluate if you could be shifted to other antiepileptic drugs like Valproic acid.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Anshul Varshney
Dr. Anshul Varshney

Internal Medicine

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