Input re lamectil, trileptal, barbita etc. Meds, please?

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   Posted 1/25/2005 7:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello! I posted this question on another thread, so please bear with me. I've never chatted much and haven't quite got the hang.
I've recently been diagnosed w/complex partial seizures. I've had quite a few. My doc wants me to try lamectil. I am in the 2nd trimester of pregnancy, so birth defects are less of an issue than earlier. My mom is an RN, and she sees lots of patients w/epilepsy on lamectil. She hates the stuff. she hates most of them. Her feeling si that phenobarb, while addictive, has the least weirdo side effects. Your thoughts, here? How 'bout trileptal? Anything else seem to be working or not working for those of you with experience?
Thank you so much for your input. 

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   Posted 1/25/2005 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I think phenobarb is dilantin. If that is the case I think that is one of the worse drugs in regards to side effects. This has been a hot topic over at the braintalks communities. It seems like lamictal is one of the safer aed's to use during pregnancy. I would advise you to get your neuro/epi and gyno to work together in giving you the best possible treatment. Tracy

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   Posted 1/26/2005 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been on Lamictal before, not while pregnant but I was on it for about 2 years I believe. I got off of it because it wasn't controlling my seizures enough. The only problem I experienced with Lamictal is when I lost a lot of weight during my first year of college so the dosage ended up being to high so i was basically ODing slightly on the drugs. The side affects included nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and double vision but that was only because I was ODing. Otherwise I didn't have any side effects. I don't know what it does when your pregnant though.
"Carry on.  It is not easy.  But it is what we have to do- only we do not have to do it alone."
First seizure: 1993
Officially diagnosed: 1999
Type: Simple Partial to Secondary Generalized Tonic-Clonic Seizures
Cause: Unkown, all tests are negative for abnormalities...
Meds: 750mg Keppra 2xday

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   Posted 1/27/2005 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your input. I have to admit I'm intimidated by any potential side effects that include impairment of speech, reading or writing, as all of these are required in my career...

Mom of 3
searching for correct meds

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