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Stopping seizure medication without a doctor's advice

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hello i have bin put on epilim crono 300 but want to drink with my mates i have only had 2 fits in my life nad was woundering if i could just stop taking them or would they be a side affect


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replied January 26th, 2010
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Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.

You want to stop seizure medications and drink with your mates. Drinking alcohol is not recommended for people who are taking seizure medications to control seizures. Alcohol can increase the likelihood of experiencing certain side effects such as dizziness and drowsiness. Alcohol can also decrease the effectiveness of many seizure medications, and increase the risk of having a seizure.

You should not stop epilim as the discontinuation of therapy can only be ascertained by your physician after going through your case history taking into account the cause of seizures, the kind of seizures, seizure-free periods and neurological examination status including intelligence with the result of investigations including an MRI and an EEG, etc. Any irrational discontinuation of therapy can lead to recurrence of fits or seizures.

Hope this helps. Take care.

Note: This post is not to emphasize a final diagnosis as the same cannot be made online and is just to provide medical information and that no treatment suggested above be taken without a face-to-face consultation with a health care professional.



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replied August 28th, 2010
Hello dr singh i am also on epilim chrono and have been well controlled for 15 years untill 2 days ago when i had a quite a serious seizure also in the last year i have been put on prendisolone for another condition i developed.This steroid medication has made me put on alot of weight and i have been reading here in the forums that weight gain can cause the medication to have less effect could this be the reason for my recent seizure after so many years without.thankyou for reading.
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replied June 23rd, 2011
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Hi i had my first seizure when i was 27 i am now 29 two years later. Everything has been fine up until now and i have been going out for a drink every thursday night whilst taking epilim chrono 300mg twice daily. I just had another seizure a few days ago, 2 days after being on a night out where i would have probably drank more than usual, is this a withdrawl seizure? and would it be ok for me too continue going out again as i did before once i dont over indulge?
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replied June 23rd, 2011
Forgot too mention i have been seizure free for 2 years and that i only ever had seizures maybe a day or 2 after drinking and never any other way.
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replied July 4th, 2012
Seems like you shouldn't drink buddy, is your life really worth it??
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