Epilepsy Talk

Pregnancy with Epilepsy — Medication Dangers

July 1, 2017
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According to the Epilepsy Foundation, mothers taking seizure medication, risk birth defects of 4 to 8 percent — compared with 2 to 3 percent for all babies. Not much of a difference.

But the risk seems to be highest when multiple seizure medications are taken. Yet, without medication, uncontrolled seizures may deprive the baby of oxygen. Seizures can also increase the risk of miscarriage or stillbirth.

So, it’s important, as you know, to get the right balance.


Epilepsy & Migraines — Kissing Cousins

April 27, 2017
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A strong relationship between migraines and epilepsy has long been suspected.

But now it is fact, according to extensive research cited by Steven Karceski, MD in Practical Neurology Magazine.


Keppra – A New Breakthrough

March 13, 2016
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Recently, the FDA approved the very first 3D-printed medication.

3D printing has taken the world by storm, and although it may sound like science fiction, it’s here to stay.

And the pharmaceutical industry is getting in on this innovative technology.


How are your meds affecting you?

January 24, 2015
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They’re necessary, but not necessarily nice. And every med has its own side-effects. Just as different people experience different difficulties. Here‘s the low-down on the possible side-effects of your drugs and others. Some might sound painfully familiar…


Epilepsy Drug Side-Effects

October 27, 2013
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Every med has its own side-effects. Just as different people experience different difficulties.

But here‘s the low-down on the possible side-effects.

I hope you don’t have to suffer any of them. (Or as few as possible.)


Increased Birth Defect Risks in Two FDA-Approved Epilepsy Medications

October 20, 2011
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Two epilepsy drugs – Lamictal and Keppra – which are currently listed in category C may be dangerous to a fetus and should be listed in category D, according to new data. The difference between the categories is that D shows evidence of risk, but the benefits outweigh the risks…


Keppra — What People Are Saying

October 15, 2010
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To say the word “Keppra,” is to invite instant controversy. For some people it works, for some it doesn’t and for others, it’s a living nightmare.

Yet two different studies found that clinically significant behavioral consequences of Keppra were eight percent, no higher, and maybe even lower, than those reported for other new antiepileptic drugs.

John Gates, M.D., lead investigator of the adult study, neurologist at Minnesota Epilepsy Group and clinical professor of neurology at the University of Minnesota said: “The efficacy of Keppra in treating seizures, coupled with our findings of its low side-effect profile, makes it an option that should be considered, especially for those who have struggled with other treatments.”

Interestingly, both studies evaluated patients with epilepsy who were proven to be drug resistant to other medications.


Death, Depression and AEDs

August 24, 2010
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“All patients who are currently taking or starting on any anti-epileptic drug should be closely monitored for notable changes in behavior that could indicate the emergence or worsening of suicidal thoughts or behavior or depression,” the FDA warned in a letter to health professionals…


Keppra Generic Seizure Drug Contributing to More Seizures, Side Effects and Death

July 17, 2010
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The drug Keppra which is a brand-name seizure medication was approved in 2009 and then sold. Patients who were then switched to Levetiracetam are now experiencing on-going seizures that did not occur while they were on the drug Keppra.


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    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I also had epilepsy for decades. My mission is advocacy; to increase education, awareness and funding for epilepsy research. Together, we can make a huge difference. If not changing the world, at least helping each other, with wisdom, compassion and sharing.

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