Kindly prescribe antiepileptics for seizures in autistic patient.

Q. What are the antiepileptics available for managing seizures in autistic patient?

Answered by
Dr. Hitesh Kumar
and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 26, 2019

Hello doctor,

I have an autistic and hyperactive person in my family, who is around 19 years of age. He has been having epileptic seizures for more than a year now. The medication he has been prescribed by the doctors right now is Tegretol (Tegral). However, we think it has may have side effects. I want to ask are there any other appropriate alternate options of medication available for such seizures.



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You are absolutely right that there may be side effects of prescribed medicine. There are many more alternative anti-epileptic medicines available. But every medicine has possibility of its own side effects. Consideration to change to alternative medicine is done if some side effect of medicine develop in a patient or that medicine is not effective.

Hi doctor,

Thank you for your response. We however, would like to know names of any other anti-epileptic medicine that can be used instead of Tegral. The reason we want to change from Tegral is because we do not see any significant change in the frequency of the fits and my cousin brother is experiencing even more severe seizures, with increased duration. We think Tegral is ineffective. Can you recommend any anti-epileptic medicine ?



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Decision of considering appropriate antiepileptic medicine can be thought only after detailed history, examination and evaluation. Other antiepileptics which are prescribed commonly are:

Phenytoin, Levetiracetam, Sodium Valproate, Lamotrigine, Lacosamide, Clobazam, Topiramate, Zonisamide, Phenobarbitone. There are a few more antiepilpetics available in clinical practice. For consideration of change of medicine or modifying dose, I suggest to meet Neurologist personally with close family members (who has witnessed seizures of patient) and all reports.

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