Sub-section: Anti-Epileptic Medications

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Timing:

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– When should you start treatment?
– When can you stop Anti-Epileptic medications?

Other common questions:

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– What are Anti-Epileptic medications? How do they act?
– What are the most important side-effects of anti-epileptic medications?
– Should I take an extra dose after vomiting?
– Can I drink alcohol with my anti-epileptic medication?
– Can Anti-epileptics WORSEN epilepsy?

Specific Anti-Epileptics

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Mechanism, Indications & Side-effects:

Common Meds which work for almost all kinds of seizures:

– Levetiracetam (Brand names: Keppra, Levera, Levipil, Levepsy etc)
– Valproate (Brand name: Valparin, Encorate, Torvate etc)
– Lamotrigine (Brandname: Lamictal, Lamitor, Lametec, Lamez etc)

– Clobazam (Brand names: Frisium, Onfi, Cloba, Lobazam etc)
– Zonisamide (Brand name: Zonegran, Zonisep, Zonicare etc) & Topiramate (Brand names: Topomac, Topaz, Topirol etc)

Common Meds which work only for focal seizures:

– Carbamazepine (Brand names: Tegrital, Zeptol, Zen, Mazetol etc) & Oxcarbazepine (Brand name: Oxetol, Zenoxa, Oleptal, Trioptal etc)
– Phenytoin (Brand name: Eptoin)

Less Commonly used medications:

– Ethosuximide
– Stiripentol
– Vigabatrin

Older Medications:

– Phenobarbital (Brand names: Gardenal, Luminal, Phenotone etc)

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Caution:
This information is for educational purposes. It is not a substitute for professional medical diagnosis & treatment. Do not change your medications, supplements or other treatments without your doctor's permission.

Dr. Siddharth Kharkar

Dr. Kharkar is a Neurologist, Epilepsy specialist & Parkinson's specialist in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

He has trained in the best institutions in India, US and UK including KEM hospital in Mumbai, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), USA & Kings College in London.

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