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What to do for recurring clonic tonic seizures every month?

Have had clonic tonic seizures for 25 years. No neurologist could diagnose the issue. I took phenobarbital (teenager) and Tegretol XR till about a year ago. The seizures use to be every other year (once a year) and now they occur every other month. I'm now taking Epi-Still which is a natural remedy.
Sat, 15 Feb 2014
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Hi,

Thank you for posting your query.

Epilepsy can be controlled with medications in about 60-70% of people. You need to get MRI brain epilepsy protocol study done to find out the reason for epilepsy. EEG is also helpful.

Then, the correct medications can be chosen for you. The medicine to be effective, should be used at the correct dose.

In about 30% of cases, epilepsy is not controlled with medications and surgery may be needed. You would not require surgery, unless there is a brain lesion on the MRI.

I hope my answer helps. Please get back if you have any follow up queries or 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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My BLOG: http://bestneurodoctor.blogspot.in

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What to do for recurring clonic tonic seizures every month?

Hi, Thank you for posting your query. Epilepsy can be controlled with medications in about 60-70% of people. You need to get MRI brain epilepsy protocol study done to find out the reason for epilepsy. EEG is also helpful. Then, the correct medications can be chosen for you. The medicine to be effective, should be used at the correct dose. In about 30% of cases, epilepsy is not controlled with medications and surgery may be needed. You would not require surgery, unless there is a brain lesion on the MRI. I hope my answer helps. Please get back if you have any follow up queries or 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 Click on this link to ask me a DIRECT QUERY: http://bit.ly/Dr-Sudhir-kumar My BLOG: http://bestneurodoctor.blogspot.in