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What is the medicine for absence seizure ? Is it to be taken lifelong ?

my daughter aged 6 yrs is diagonised with absence seizures .she takes the drug valporin .how long has she to take this medicine?if she gets fever ,cold can i give fever medicines along with seizures medicine.will she have side effects?she is 18kgs
Asked On : Fri, 17 Jun 2011
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Hi Jean
Welcome to HealthcareMagic.
She will have to take the drug till she is prescribed to.Generally , anti epileptic drugs are prescribed for longer period like years.If she has any cold or fever , it is always better to consult a Doctor before giving her any medicine.The choice of drugs need to be specific when to be given along with Valproate.
Feel free to mail me or post a comment here for more information.
Take care.
Answered: Fri, 17 Jun 2011
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Neurologist Dr. Shiva Kumar R's  Response
Thanks for using HealthcareMagic. Valparin is a good drug for absence seizures. But one should be careful in females and monitor for side effects like weight gain, fertility problems and poly cystic ovaries. some absence seizures get cured and some may progress to different kind of epilepsy. Usually they are prescribed for 3-5 years and we stop and see if it has remitted under supervision. If not she has to continue for long time or even life long sometimes. For more information contact specialist in epilepsy. Bye
Answered: Sat, 18 Jun 2011
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