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DRUGS FOR PARTIAL SEIZURES AND TONIC-CLONIC SEIZURES: SIDE EFFECTS OF CARBAMAZEPINE

May 11th, 2011

The side effect of carbamazepine that worries most parents (and physicians) is a decrease in the white blood cells, responsible for fighting infection. The normal white blood cell count is in the range of 5000-8000 cells. Children (or adults) who are taking carbamazepine often have lower white cell counts, perhaps 3000—5000. In one in ten [...]

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OTHER APPROACHES TO EPILEPSY THERAPY: THE KETOGENIC DIET – IS MY CHILD ELIGIBLE FOR THIS DIET? WILL MY CHILD HAVE TO REMAIN ON THIS DIET FOR LIFE?

March 7th, 2011

“Is my child eligible for this diet?” The diet appears quite effective in children with myoclonic and atonic (drop) types of seizures, the types most resistant to current medications. However, it can be used in virtually all forms of epilepsy. The diet is not used during the first year of life, because the infant is [...]

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PROBLEMS FOR WOMEN WITH EPILEPSY

April 28th, 2009

The effect of menstruation on seizure frequency. The interaction between anticonvulsant drugs and oral contraceptives. The effects of anticonvulsant drugs on the fetus. Some mothers report that their seizures become more frequent, others less frequent during pregnancy, and others have seizures which remain more or less unchanged in pregnancy. There seems no way of predicting [...]

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