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Need medication for seizures

Hi my son suffers from epilepsy, he was taken off 800mg of epilim chrono as we were told his seizures would proberbly go away once he reaches puberty, the problem is his seizures have returned but he refuses to go back on the medication as it made him very tired and put on weight.
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
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Hi,

I recommend that you call your son's doctor once again to discuss the return of these seizures. It is important to know what type of seizures they are talking about when they tell you they are expected to subside with age. For example, could they be the Absence type? Or the Rolandic epileptic type? I think it is important for you to know the name of the type of epilepsy your son's doctor has diagnosed which then, makes it easier for you to investigate in terms of the likelihood that it will disappear and perhaps not require treatment at this time...though you may have evidence to the contrary.

If your son's spells place him in harm's way by any means then, you must make this clear to his doctor so that even if his episodes are expected to subside the interim use of some control agent is still likely a good idea. There are many options of medication that do not risk putting on weight.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Dariush Saghafi, Neurologist
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