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   Posted 2/24/2005 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
My 15 year old neice had her first seizure at the age of 4. She's been taking tegretol ever since just different kinds as she got older. But I'm afriad for her since now that she's older that she might be hanging around with the wrong crowd & start smoking & drinking. I know she won't smoke ciggerettes because my sister died from it but if she ever smoked weed or got drunk would that effect her seizures in any way? Thanks, Mikala.

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   Posted 2/24/2005 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
It is indeed a big concern with teens who have epilepsy. SOmetimes it helps if the neuro tells them how serious it can be to experiment with drugs and alcohol. Both can lower the threshold. There are some who will argue that weed has helped their seizures, so there are two sides to that story.
I have 2 teens dealing with epilepsy and it concerns me a great deal. I am hoping that the teaching we have always given on the dangers of alcohol and drugs will stick with them....
Having info on this from might be a big help if you show her....
Hang in there!

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   Posted 2/24/2005 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
HI :-)
Being a person, that has been on Seizure meds, a lot of different ones over the years... Tegretol the longest... I must say.. YES... Alcohol does affect your medication.... I can honestly say, I get drunk from one body just cant tolerate it..
diagnosed seizure disorder 1989
reason, angioma in L temp lobe
seeking surgery options
Keppra 750mg
Zonegran 200 mg

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   Posted 2/24/2005 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Sice your daughter is on meds, she would probably get drunk on just one drink. With anykind of mental condition such as EP, medications will magnify the effect of alcohol.
BUT-For me,smoking weed seems to disipate all my side effects.
Diagnosed with epilepsy and ulcerative colitis in 1979,
Been on meds ever since.

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   Posted 2/24/2005 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Being a person around the same age, well, i'm 19, as your niece, I understand what she's going through. She needs to understand that drinking and smoking aren't the only ways to have fun- if she wants to be healthy, then that should come first. I've never drank, partly because of my epilepsy because i don't want to know what would happen and partly because i like having fun without the use of other stimulants. As for the pot- my brother who is actually going to graduate school to become a psychology was doing some research on pot and it's affects on epilepsy. i'm not sure what he found out yet, but i can let you know! All i know is that your niece should be more worried about staying healthy then trying to be cool because it's not very cool when you have a seizure in front of an entire chemistry lab class- let me tell you! well, hope that helps! ~Jessica
"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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