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What causes epilepsy post craniotomy for Arteriovenous malformation removal?

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Dr. Sudhir Kumar


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Posted on Fri, 22 Aug 2014 in Brain and Spine
Question: Hello Sir/ Madam
In 2001, I have undergone craniotomy for Arteriovenous malformation removal. Since then I was experiencing scar epilepsy. During these episodes I experienced speech lock but was perfectly in my senses. I was administered Oxetol 150 subsequently. Currently, I am consuming 2 tabs in the morning and 4 at night. For the past 6 years I have not had any episode. The drug has its own side effects - drowsiness etc.
Request your advise on the following
- Can I reduce the dosage
- In case this needs to be continued, can I use the same drug Oxcarbazepine but of a different brand
Thanks and regards
Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Dose may be reduced as per body weight and scan.

Detailed Answer:

Thank you for posting your query.

I have noted your medical details.

The dose of oxetol may be reduced if the MRI or CT scan shows that scar has almost completely resolved (disappeared). The chances of this happening depends on actual size of scar. If you have done any scan in the previous one year, please upload it.

Also, the dose depends on body weight. The usual dose is 10-20 mg per kg body weight.

You can take another brand of oxcarbazepine.

I hope my reply has helped you.

I would be pleased to answer, if you have any follow up queries or if you require any further information.
Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology) XXXXXXX Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, XXXXXXX
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