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Suffering from epilepsy attacks. Taking encorte chrono, stopped eptoin. Side effects of medication?

Sir, I suffered from epilipsy (aged 60 - Male) and have been taking encrote chrono 300 for the past one year. Earlier I had one in 2002 and took Eptoin for three years and stoped. No further strike. Now I am not getting eplipsy but am taking the tablets at the advise of the Doctor, enronate chrono 300 mg twice, daily. I am having occational dizzines also. I would like to know how long I have to take this tablet? Will there be any sever side effect? My e- mail YYYY@YYYY
Asked On : Mon, 10 Dec 2012
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

Epilepsy is a chronic illness, and medicines are required for long term, even lifelong in several cases. Since, you have already had a recurrence of fits after stopping medicines earlier, I feel you should continue the medications lifelong.

Encorate chrono (sodium valproate) is a safe and effective anti-epileptic drug. In most people, there are no side effects. Some people may have weight gain, hair loss and shivering of hands due to encorate chrono. Rarely, liver damage may occur.

Please discuss these issues with your doctor.

Wishing you good health,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Answered: Mon, 10 Dec 2012
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