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Taking phenobarbital for seizure disorder. Any suggestion?

Hi, I am Abigael and I used to have a seizure disorder after high school. I am taking phenobarbital and for almost a year, I do not have any seizure but aura, and I do not want any aura anymore. My medicine is just an over the counter medicine. Please email me at YYYY@YYYY if you have a suggestion for me. I am really sick of it.
Wed, 9 Jan 2013
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Hi,

Thank you for posting your query.

Epilepsy is a chronic illness, and medicines are required for long-term.

Phenobarbital is an effective medicine for epilepsy, however, it may have side effects such as drowsiness and learning disability.

For better seizure control, including your aura, you may use oxcarbazepine (Trileptal) at a dose of 10-20 mg per kg body weight per day.

Please discuss this with your neurologist.

Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
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Taking phenobarbital for seizure disorder. Any suggestion?

Hi, Thank you for posting your query. Epilepsy is a chronic illness, and medicines are required for long-term. Phenobarbital is an effective medicine for epilepsy, however, it may have side effects such as drowsiness and learning disability. For better seizure control, including your aura, you may use oxcarbazepine (Trileptal) at a dose of 10-20 mg per kg body weight per day. Please discuss this with your neurologist. Best wishes, Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology) Senior Consultant Neurologist