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Child with fits and high fever. Given epival. Side effects?

i have a 2 and a half year old baby boy.he had feburile fits because of high fever 8 months after 8 months he had the same fever again with fit of at-least 2 or 3 seconds duration.the dr.advised me to give him 01 tea spoon of EPIVAL syp daily at night.he is better after this? should i continue the syp?is there any side effect of this syp?
Asked On : Mon, 15 Apr 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response

Thanks for writing to health care magic.

No if it is only febrile seizures EPIVAL syp is definitely not required.

Are you sure it is febrile seizure. (Here seizures occur with fever only in children between 6 months and 5 years)

These medications are associated with lot of side effects and should not be used in conditions like febrile seizures which are not harmful.

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Dr Y V Siva Sankara Murty
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Answered: Tue, 16 Apr 2013
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Pediatrician Dr. E Venkata Ramana's  Response
Feb 2013

Thank you for your query on Healthcare Magic.

In febrile fits some require long term treatment with medication like epival to prevent frequent seizures.

And the most important measure is controlling fever effectively by giving antipyretic and doing tepid sponging whenever child starts fever.

There are some side effects of epival like mostly related to liver dysfunction.

I advise you to continue the medication as advised by your Pediatrician.

And be in regular follow up with your Pediatrician to monitor the control of fits and to detect any drug related side effects.

Blood testing for live function tests at regular interval is required in a child with Epival.

Hope I have answered your query.

Answered: Tue, 16 Apr 2013
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