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Child taking epilex syrup to avoid convulsion. Any side effects?

are there any side effects because of taking epilex syrup for avoiding convulsion in a child of 3.5 yrs. My daughter of 3.5 yrs started getting febrile convulsion from the age of 2.5 yrs and she has had 4 convulsions in the last 9 months but it was only when she had high fever , Doctor advise 20mg/kg/day of epiliex , this week she had a convulsion when she was not having fever, now the doctir has advised us to increase the dose to 25mg/kg/day for a week and then to 30mg/kg/day. do you think it is fine?
Asked On : Sat, 16 Mar 2013
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You must understand that all medications can have side effects.A large number of side effects are dose dependant, and some side effects are allergic or unpredictable in nature. The list of side effects may run into pages, since even the rarest of side effects is listed in modern therapeutics. Epilex(sodium valproate) is a good and safe medication when used in appropriate doses. It can cause hyperactivity and attention deficits, but to a lesser extent as compared to others. It is unlikely to cause permanent damage to the brain in any form. The common other side effects relate to an increased or decreased apetite, hair fall, and weight gain. A liver function test and CBC could be done twice in the frst 3 months to monitor any side effects on the liver or bone marrow
Answered: Wed, 20 Mar 2013
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