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Confusion, memory loss, depression. Epilepsy since childhood. Suggestions?

Hello Doctor, I have been suffering from seizures since childhood, currently I m taking Valparin Chrono 200, along with Eptoin 100mg & tegrital 200mg. The seizure frequency has reduced but I experience confusion and loss of memory , frequent mood swings, agitation & depression . These side effects were hampering my work as a result I stopped taking the morning dose. Would this be helpful in any ways? Please suggest.
Asked On : Fri, 23 Nov 2012
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Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

Epilepsy is a chronic disease and requires long-term treatment.

You are currently taking three medications. For best seizure control, two drugs are sufficient. More drugs (three or more) have been shown to increase the side effects, without necessarily increasing the seizure control.

So, if your seizures are well controlled, then, in view of these side effects, one can think of removing one of the medicines. However, this should be done under the guidance of your neurologist, and not on your own.

Please discuss this issue with your doctor.

Wishing you good health,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad
Answered: Sat, 24 Nov 2012
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