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Side effects of Epileptic medication - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   am an epileptic I was taking eptoin n epilex 2 tabs each for 16 yrs ,but still used to have one odd seizure per year. but from sep'09 its like every month two seizures so changed the doc n she has given me topomac 100mg n frisium 10mg 2 n still i contd. getting it so she introduced lacosam yesterday . is all that safe for my brain with no side effects or shall i go back to my old medicines
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello doctor
User :   I started getting fits after my delivery , I mean giving birth to my sons
Doctor :   What is your age now ?
User :   after the birth of my first son I used to stare at vacancy and i was just given anxit by a local doc then during 2nd pregnancy had a full blown seizure
User :   44
Doctor :   What is the reason as told by the doctor for these seizures?
User :   so for 16 yrs i have been on eptoin n epilex
User :   noone said any reason
User :   ideopathic
User :   everything is normal
User :   my scan report
Doctor :   Lacosamide is a novel drug
User :   only my EEG shows some abnormalcy
Doctor :   and it has not much clinical reports by doctors
Doctor :   Hence the side effect profile is also not vast
User :   I stay alone at home the whole day when my sons and husband go away so am worried to take new drugs
User :   my fits are all in my sleep only
User :   i cant sleep in the noon
User :   yesterday it happened while i rested in the noon thankfully my 2nd son was at home
User :   suddenly the frequency is more
Doctor :   Epilepsy is a condition where only a treating Neurologist would be able answer most of your questions
User :   i think i should go back to my old tablets which worked fine
Doctor :   The change of medicines the dosage and schedule is better consulted with your treating Neurologist
User :   It's the problem we cant ask them that the older tablets were better then they get offended
User :   the new doc said the eptoin n epilex shld not be gvn to women
Doctor :   I think you shoiuld not compromise on the safety
User :   so she changed everything
Doctor :   You should be able to confront them and choose the medication after proper explanation from the doctor
Doctor :   Actually if two drugs are suited to you
Doctor :   You should make a tabular form of advantages and disadvantages and choose the best one which suits to your needs
User :   yes doctor , I'll have a consultation with my old doc even if he's gonna be a bit offended
Doctor :   Your doctor should be able to help you on these lines
Doctor :   So please ask him 5 more minutes of his time and write down on a piece of paper the medicines that suit you
Doctor :   and after getting all the information for each of the drugs you have to choose the best one based on your needs
User :   yes doctor , But do i have to suffer this forever
User :   now my sons n husband show care n love but they'll all get married n go away
User :   my husband gets scared
User :   he's not able to handle
Doctor :   You should not be scared now
User :   i dont know what happens
Doctor :   YOu still have 10 more years before they get married
Doctor :   Technology in medical science is fast improving
Doctor :   by that time a miracle drug should be invented
User :   hopefully the frequency atleast comes down doctor thats what i wish
Doctor :   which can bring one stop for the problems you have
User :   thank you so much doctor that was very kind of you
User :   my sons do care for me a lot
User :   i should not be a problem for them
Doctor :   You should be thankful to the god for so much of love you have
User :   as it is my 2nd son does not want to leave the city for his further studies
User :   I do
Doctor :   Actually all the antiepileptic drugs have some kind of side effects
Doctor :   so it is even difficult for the doctor to suggest the best way
User :   i read lacosam has terrible side effects and its scary
Doctor :   Hence working very closely with the doctor
Doctor :   is always helpful
User :   thank you for your valuable time and advice
User :   this is the first time i came in for a chat
Doctor :   Dizziness, trembling, headache are commonly reported
Doctor :   amongt the common side effects of lacosamide
User :   dizziness is always there cos my BP is never normal its always low
User :   trembling too
User :   I am not able to go out anywhere confidently
User :   even after being educated and all
Doctor :   If the side effects bother you
Doctor :   I think it is better to go back on the same mediciines
User :   sit at home and be like a prisoner on life imprisonment
Doctor :   You should slowly withdrwan this and shift to the previous ones
User :   May God cure all epileptics
Doctor :   hence do not stop them suddenly
User :   ok doctor thank you
User :   bye
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