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Done seizures and convulsions. Taking eptoin and folvite tablets. Diagnosed with epilepsy. What to do next?

hi my name is vikas agarwal, doctor suggested that i got epilepsy shock or somewhat of that sort i got seizures and a day before that i even got convulsions
now i am taking eptoin and folvite tablets
i have done my MRI report and that was normal
after doing EEG doctor told me that i have got epilepsy
so what should i do next
Asked On : Sat, 13 Apr 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Dec 2014
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Epilepsy occurs due to abnormal electrical discharge from brain areas. Most of the times in epilepsy MRI report comes norma. MRI is advised only to rule of any serious pathological cause of seizures. Even in idiopathic seizures EEG comes normal during inter episode time. Eptoin is phenatoin and is a broad spectrum anti epileptic drug. It is a nice drug and it can control seizures effectively. Apart from taking drugs please follow following advise-
- Never miss a dose of drug, if you miss a dose by chance then take it as soon as you remember missing it.
- Fix a time for food, sleep.
- Don't remain awake in late night.
- Don't watch television from close distance, avoid bright lights in night.
- Avoid loud DJ sounds.
- For some time avoid driving alone.
- Usually if you will remain seizure free on drugs for at least 3 years then gradual tapering of dose can be think of.

Answered: Sun, 14 Apr 2013
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Neurologist Dr. Sudhir Kumar's  Response
Nov 2013
Hi Mr Vikas,

Thank you for posting your query.

Epilepsy is a disease where a person can get recurrent fits or convulsions. The person needs to take anti-epileptic medications for a long time, at least for 3-5 years to prevent the recurrence of seizures. Eptoin is the drug in your case.

Normal MRI of brain is a good news.
There is no need to worry. You can continue your normal life, except that you should avoid swimming and driving for at least six months.

Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Answered: Sat, 13 Apr 2013
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