I just wanted to wish your son the best of luck in whatever may take place.
I myself can relate to the spells of being confusing and having a fried brain.
When I have an absence seizure I lose all track of time and anything around me; it makes my memory go awful and makes me terribly tired like all I want to do is good to sleep and rest for a bit. Of course my grand mals and my petites and twitching make me tired as well; the absence tend to make me just as much as the grand mal.
I can relate to wanting to get off medication; I have way to many myself. I had the worst time getting onto my Dilantin - it was nothing but an uphill battle. I have a doctors appointment on Wednesday so I'm hoping he will leave my Dilantin level where it is; providing my labs came out today ok. I'm also really hoping if it wasn't high enough he would simply increase the dosage of it or Klonopin. Depaokote never seems to have any side effects on me that would prohibit me from wanting to take it; however the Dilantin is an ugly medication.
Again; I hate my seizure meds; I'm nearly as old as your son...but taking your seizure medication - no matter the side effects - is worth more than not taking it. It comes down to a simple matter of safety; and I'm sure he knows that.
Most of the seizure meds will make you sleepy - they really just shut down parts of your brain so the neurons (spelling) don't fire as hard or fire more "correctly". The Dilantin used to make me tired; but I adjusted. The Klonopin does make me tired; but I simply fight it. Once again and I can't say it enough - IT IS BETTER THAN HAVING BAD SEIZURES!
I know you're not the one not taking your medicine; so hopefully I didn't preach to you.
Good luck in everything First; and right here are the side effects for Depakote.
CNS - Central Nervous System / drowsiness, sedation, headache, dizziness, atazia, confusion
EENT - Eyes Ears Nose Throat / visual disturbances
GI / nausea, vomiting, indigestion, pancreattis, hypersalivation, anorexia, increase appetite, diarrhea, constipation
Derm - Dematology / rashes
Hemat / prolonged bleeding time, leukopenis, thrombocytopenia
Meta - metabolism / hyperammonemia
Neuro - neurological / paresthesia
Hope that saves some time!
23 year old / white / male
Vicodin, Flexeril, Dilantin, Klonopin, Despiramine, Atrovent, Baclofen
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