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Medical and Surgical Treatment

Medical and Surgical Treatment

Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) are the mainstay in treatment of epilepsy. There are many AEDs available. When diagnosis of epilepsy is made, treatment should be started immediately. Diagnosing seizure type is important in choosing the best AED to treat epilepsy. There are many factors considered in choosing the most optimal drug. These factors include type of epilepsy syndrome, age, gender, ongoing other medical conditions, other medications taken, potential of becoming pregnant, side effect profile of each drug, and cost of medication. For example valproate has been...
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About Antiepileptic Drugs

About Antiepileptic Drugs

AEDs act on brain signaling to control and subside hyperexcitability in epileptic tissue in the brain. Unfortunately AEDs do not cure epilepsy, but they allow many people to live normal active lives, free or nearly free of seizures. Not all patients with seizures require treatment with antiepileptic drugs throughout their lives. Most patients with epilepsy, however, will require one or more drugs for many years. Overall, there is about a 60-70 % chance of good seizure control with a single drug. About 30 % patients with epilepsy will not have good seizure control with...
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Epilepsy Drugs

Epilepsy Drugs

CARBAMAZEPINE (Tegretol, Tegretol XR, Carbatrol) Tegretol tab 200 mg, chewtab 100 mg Tegretol XR 100, 200, 400 mg tab Carbatrol 100,200, 300 mg capsule Suspension 100mg/ ml Used for partial seizures and generalized tonic clonic seizures. It can make absence and myoclonic seizures worse. Common and rare side effects are summarized in the table. It induces liver enzymes. The cytochrome P450 enzyme complex is induced by Carbamazepine. Due to this feature, it can cause drug and drug interactions. It can decrease the levels of some medications due to increased metabolism...
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Epilepsy Surgery

Epilepsy Surgery

Surgery is an option in treatment of patients with intractable epilepsy, which cannot be controlled with medication adequately. If your seizures originate from an identifiable focus in the brain, you may be a candidate for resective surgery. The purpose of the surgery is to remove abnormal part of the brain which is considered epileptic (source of the seizures). The pre-operative work up is comprehensive. You need to go through a pre-surgical evaluation to be identified as a surgical candidate or not. The outcome and seizure freedom after surgery depends on multiple...
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Tips To Remember Taking Your Medications

Use a pill box with  separate compartments for each day of the week. day and night sections of each day  can be a big help.  In this way you can keep track of the pills you’ve taken and the ones you haven’t. Use a timer of your watch, computer, or daily organizer to remind you to take your  medications. Create your own habit: Associate taking your medication to a routine daily activity.   For example, you may take your medications right after brushing your teeth in the morning or before preparing your bed at night. Writing down your medication doses and...
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