RanMan and Anvil3 both mentioned ED as a side effect, which caught my attention. I want to ask them more about that. I liked the format of RanMan's response. Here's mine, re side effects from Dilantin/Lorazepam:
- Significant reduction of mental sharpness
- Substantial reduced memory
-Signficant fatigue, no matter how much sleep I get
-Peripheral Neuropathy in feet, and starting in fingers
-Bone density reduction
-Slightly swollen gums
-Unwanted hair growth (as you know)
-Balance problems sometimes
-Tremor in fingers and hands
-Weird sleep pattern (often can't go to sleep before 3 or 4 am no matter how tired)
I also have acid reflux, not related to the drugs or epilepsy
I have partial simple seizure syndrome. I experience breakthrough of my primary medication 3-5 times daily (it's unpleasant and distracting). At those times, I use Lorazepam (or one dose of Clonazepam before I go to sleep), or sometimes an additional 10-30 mg of Dilantin. Works well within an hour at the most, to control everything during the day. Sometimes I experience constant breakthrough for several hours in the very early morning (midnight to 3 am) if my Dilantin level isn't quite right. No gran mal seizure since '94.
Daily, I take 340 mg Dilantin (you read that right -- I take apart a 100 mg capsule and refill it 1/10 full to get a more proper dose), 3.5-4.0 mg of Lorazepam, and 0.5 mg Clonazepam. 10 mg of Prozac to alleviate moodiness.
Of all of the side effects, the ED only appeared last year. Prior to that, starting several years ago I was fine but it was starting to take a long time to reach orgasm, so I could go a long time (that was the only side effect I've ever liked). Then last year, out of the blue, blammo -- ED. Of all my side effects, including the body hair, ED is the one that's nailed my self-esteem the most. We first thought it was the Prozac, but when I discontinued that for about a month, it was clear that it was the Dilantin/Lorazepam.
I've tried Viagra and Levitra. Levitra is better, but neither one does the trick. I'm not a candidate for implant surgery, nor do I want to do that. RanMan and Anvil3, have you guys found anything better to get past the ED?