Im not sure about children, but my mum took Epilim when she was about 37ish. (Memory is a little fuzzy tonight!) She didnt get much control from it and was changed to Lamictal (Much better). I think Epilim is starting to become old fashioned like Dilantin is but thats just an opinion. I take Carbamazipine and have found that has served me well but the meds are individual to different people. Your son may get on well with Epilim where my mum didnt.
Keep us posted
My 3 year old daughter was diagnosed with Epilepsy about 3 1/2 months ago now and they put her on Tegretol first iof all otherwise known as carbamazipine.
First of all the seizures seem to slow down, by the time she was on her full dosage the seizures staring coming thick and fast and Ellie was very very drowsy, she was laying on the sofa at 9am in the morning not wanting to do anything or go anywhere and come 3:30pm she would fall asleep on the sofa and that would be it till the following morning around about 6:30am.
The consultant then prescribed Epilim.
We have been on it for 2 months now and I haven't put her on to the full dosage yet as after the first 2 weeks Ellie;s behaviour became increasingly challenging.
It seemd as if it were a side affect of the Epilim, although it could just he her age.
However they are now going to change us to another medication this wednesday.
We shall see what this brings.
Again the Epilim did seem to work at first and the seizure were not as frequent but they are becoming frequent again now 4+ a week.
I suppose the medications are so different for every person, and I was told that they use Epilim for children with behaviour problems, but his is causing behaviour problems for us.
Good Luck with your choice of medication.
Alls the best.
Thank you for your posting. My son started on Epilim 6 weeks ago. He was on 2.5ml twice daily for the first two weeks and now he is on 5ml twice daily. He seems to be okay and there has not been any seizure since. He has been quite challenging alright. I don't know if it is the medication or just him. He is 6. Yesterday, he was wilfully disobeying me for a couple of times and I had to administer proper punishment to stem that out. He is not allowed to go near the computer until Wednesday and he has been warned that one disobedient incident will cost him an extra day away from the PC! Initially we were reluctant to give him Epilim because of side effects that we heard about. Anyway, we will see. I hope and pray that the change in medication will work out for your daughter.
Keep up the hope and don't despair.
The challening behaviour is obviously to do with teh Epilim.
We find it so hard to deal with, we need to sort out a punishment, because there is no way we can send Ellie to her room and leave her for 3 mintues or things like that incase of a seizure.
We will work it out.
I'm glad your son is responding to the medication I keep praying they will get the right medication for Ellie soon, she has had another seizure this morning on the way to school, so she is home again today.
She spends more time off of school than at school.
Hopefully this new medicine on wednesday will work.
All the best