) is an old anti-epileptic drug and is still very widely used.
Epilan is a combination of phenytoin and phenobarbitone
, and is also an old combination.
Among the two drugs that your husband is taking, epilan is more likely to cause memory problems (because of the side effect of phenobarbitone).
Your husband needs evaluation to find out the severity of memory problem and the reasons for it. If it is due to epilan, it may need to be stopped.
There are other newer antiepileptic drugs, which are more safe and do not cause memory problems.
Please discuss these issues with your neurologist
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurologist)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad