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Severe drowsiness during the day, taking seizure medicines. Side effects?

Hi My brother-in-law is 29 years old. He had an attack of seizure once. He was put into 24 hr observation and after several tests, doctor has prescribed the following medicines to him: 1) Encorate chrono300 (one month course, two times a day) 2) lobazam md 10mg (night) 3) rejunex od (afternoon) He is experiencing severe drowsiness during the day also. Please suggest the side effects of these medication . Do we need to consult other doctors too? Thanks, Madhavi.
Wed, 16 Jan 2013
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Hi Madhavi,

Anti seizure medications can cause drowsiness especially Clobazam. Their mechanism of action is by depressing the brain which causes drowsiness as a side affect. Usually once started, they will need to be continued for longer than the 1 month course, especially if the cause of seizures in unknown. It would be advisable to consult a doctor who is a specialist in Epilepsy (Epileptologist) for advice.

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