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Taken Zapiz for seizures after delivery. Have headache, vertigo, anxiety. How long to take medicine?

Hi, I am staying in Singapore. I had seizures after my delivery. It was for the first time. I was taking Kepra for 6 months. Later I had some anxiety related issues, so had zapiz .5 Then stopped the zapiz. After 1 month or so, I was affected by vertigo followed by anxiety symptoms. Now I have headache almost everyday. So I called my doc in India and taking zapiz .5. When I reduce it to half a dosage I am having the headache again. Now I am confused how long should I have zapiz with one full medicine dosage.
Asked On : Mon, 26 Nov 2012
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Nov 2013
Thank you for posting your query.

Zapiz is a benzodiazepine, commonly used for treating anxiety. It has a high probability of causing addiction, if used for long. So, I suspect you are developing an addiction to it. That is the reason, as soon as you stop it, symptoms recur.

First of all, we need to determine the cause of your headaches. If it is migraine, then, we need to use preventive medications. Since you have seizures also, topiramate or divalproex would be a better option than keppra (levetiracetam), as they would help both seizures as well as migraines.

For coming out of zapiz, you may take the help of a psychiatrist.

I hope it helps. Please get back if you require any additional information.

Wishing you good health,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, India
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Answered: Mon, 4 Nov 2013
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