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Epilepsy, migraine. Taking betacap. Am I suffering form any problem?

hi, I am Priyanka Ahuja(16 years old) I am suffering from epilepsy and migraine i was taking DIVA from past 6 months but it wasn t curing me from migraine attack so the doctor has changed my medicine to BETACAP tr 40 and I am taking it from past 10 days. So, I want to know what are its side effects as I am suffering from some problems. thankyou
Asked On : Sat, 10 Nov 2012
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013
Hi Ms Priyanka,

Thank you for posting your query.

Betacap TR is a beta blocker and it is very effective in preventing attacks of headache in a patient with migraine. It is generally well tolerated and no significant side effects are reported.

The common side effects with betacap TR can be worsening of bronchial asthma in a patient with asthma. It can also cause depression. Other uncommon side effects can be palpitations, fainting, swelling of feet, nausea, skin reactions, sleep probelms and tired feeling.

Also, I would like to point out that unlike Divaa (Divalproex) which has action against both migraine and epilepsy, betacap TR works only against migraine and not against epilepsy.

Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad
Answered: Fri, 23 Nov 2012
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