need opinions/information from parents on children and depakote

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   Posted 8/15/2008 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
hello all...i am new to board but need some advice from those in the know. my six year old has been on zarontin for absence seizures since she was three. My sis had epilepsy when we we young so I knew what to see and encourage pediatrician to test her. since going on zarontin i have never/rarely witnessed anything I could adamently say was another seizure. however her bi annual eeg's have indicated 1 second and 10 second spikes. the neurologist is always quite dubious when i say that i haven't seen seizures. at any rate, dr now wants to incorporate depakote into the the drug therapy out of concern for my childs education foundation as she is now entering 1st grade (right now my child is ahead of the curve intellectually). While I understand where dr is coming from I am resistant to more drug therapy when I do not see any siezure indications. Addmittedly, my sister had a very hard time in school, partially due to having enough phenobarbital in her to "put down a horse" as one doc once phrased it. So you can see I have a bit of a prejudice against over medication and see no reason why, if there are no visable seizures and the child is intellectually ahead of the curve, to drug her further.

any thoughts? i have asked a friend who is bi-poler about depakote and she said she would never put her child on depakote willingly.
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   Posted 8/19/2008 1:42 AM (GMT -6)   

I think with Epilepsy / Seizures some form of drug therapy is probably best. I dont know much about Depakote although I do know that there are quite a few people here who use it so it cant be that bad. It might be worth trying it and seeing what happens. If the seizures go untreated it can lead to bigger problems later in life.

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