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Brain tumour, taking epilim, libido affected, side effects of not taking epilim

hi, after being diagnosed with a brain tumor in Aug 08 i was prescribed Epilim to combat the seizures i was suffering as a result. I stopped taking epilim after 1 year and no seizures. In sept 11 i had to start taking Epilim again due to the onset of night seizures whilst sleeping. in the last month i have again stopped taking Epilim as they were efecting my libido . My question is this, what sort of side effects should i expect from just stopping the medication without weaning myself off them, and how long should this last for? i dont feel myself lately and im sure i have had one or two absences since i stopped taking the epilim. thanks in advance for your help
Asked On : Sun, 29 Apr 2012
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Dear Friend

Stopping suddenly valproate is not desirable. It is likely to make seizures recur. As you have noticed some side effects, you should report to your treating doctor. If decision to discontinue valproate is made, it should normally be done gradually, under the supervision of your specialist and introducing other antiepileptic drug. To totally stop antiepileptic drug is a decision can only be made by a specialist after considering clinical examination, MRI and EEG findings

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Answered: Wed, 9 May 2012
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