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28 yrs old suffering seizures from 6 yrs, took tegretal, Phenytal, advised Epilex Chrono. Is it safe ?

my son has suffered from seizures from 6 years now he is 28 years old. in the beginning he took tegretal-100mg to 200mg up to 4 years according to doctor s suggestion . But it is no controlled t hen after the doctor Prescribed Phenytal-30 for 4 years. it controlled for some times. When the doctor decreased the dose of medicine it repeated again. Now the doctor has advised to take Epilex Chrono 300. What should I do for his treatment? please give me good advice
Asked On : Sat, 3 Nov 2012
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

Epilepsy is a chronic disease and requires long term treatment; in many cases, medicines are required for life long.

Tegretol, phenytoin and epilex chrono are all good medications.

Regarding epilex chrono (sodium valproate), it is a broad spectrum anti epileptic drug, which is safe and effective in epilepsy. For good efficacy, a proper dose should be used (15-60 mg per kg body weight per day). In addition, good drug compliance should be ensured (he should not miss any dose).

I am sure your son would do well.

Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Senior consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad
Answered: Mon, 5 Nov 2012
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