Hello. I'm Dr. Christensen.
Your situation is complicated. People who drink heavily every day and then suddenly stop drinking can develop alcohol withdrawal
, which frequently causes seizures. Occasionally, an alcoholic who is having a seizure due to alcohol withdrawal is mistakenly diagnosed with a seizure disorder
. This is more likely to occur when a patient doesn't tell the doctor about his alcoholism
, so the doctor assumes the seizure is due to a seizure disorder and prescribes medications to prevent more seizures.
On the other hand, alcohol alters the electrical activity of your brain, so drinking alcohol when you do have a seizure disorder can increase your chances of having a seizure. In addition, alcohol tends to interact with many anti-seizure medications, often with undesirable consequences (excessive fatigue
, difficulty breathing
, confusion, etc.)
If you're used to drinking alcohol every day, you should not suddenly stop drinking, as this could precipitate alcohol withdrawal and cause seizures. (In fact, alcohol withdrawal can be fatal.) However, you can probably safely reduce your alcohol consumption by about half. Call your doctor immediately to discuss the best way to overcome your alcoholism while simultaneously dealing with your seizure disorder. Until you have discussed this problem with your doctor, don't make any changes in your medications.
I hope that helps, and good luck!