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8 year old having absent seizures. On medication. Having stuffed nose on heat exposure, behavioral problems and fatigue. Alternate medication?

Hi,Doctor, My daughter eight years old is having Absent Seizures since about an year and is now under regular medication . It will be fluctuating (sometimes more&sometimes under control).We observed it will increase with stuffy nose and when exposed to too much heat. or sometimes when she is tired.Her behaviour will be bad sometimes. Will she become normal? How long the medicines need be taken?
Asked On : Mon, 15 Oct 2012
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Hi,Absence seizure is characterised by
1. Brief loss of consciousness.
2. Abrupt onset
3. Staring look
4. Brief interruption during doing routine activiries like writing,playing.
5. Poor school perfomance
6. Abnormal behaviour.
Treatment :Ethosuximimide and Valproic acid are drug of choice for absence seizure.Once started treatment should be given for atleast 2 years.If the child is giving proper treatment above problems can be kept under control.
Prognosis:Long term outlook for absense seizure is excellent.Most children outgrow this problem till teen years.
Wishin your family good health.
Answered: Wed, 17 Oct 2012
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