Can NOT taking ur Meds for 3-4 days Make a difference? Even though u've been taking it for years?

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   Posted 8/23/2009 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello....I'm writing because I'm curious and because I have a family member who has had One Grand-Mal Seizure 30 yrs ago and was put on Phenobarbital (Also he has and AVM) Anyway he has been in the I.C.U for a week now(Because of a brain bleed from his AVM) For 3-4 days he wasn't getting his Seizure medication until my Mother-in-law asked them and they said it wasn't prescribed from the Doctor and The the next day WHAM! He had a Seizure(They think) But the question I'm asking is could this happen? After being off his meds for 3-4 days? and even though he has been on his medication everyday for 30 years?

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   Posted 8/24/2009 6:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Phenobartibal is a drug that's absorbed and eliminated from the body fairly quickly. So yes, after 3 days the drug would all be out of his system, and the fact that it was stopped abruptly at a time when his body was already under stress would make him likely to have a seizure.

On the other hand, blood is very irritating to brain tissue, so the bleed itself could have triggered a seizure.
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   Posted 8/27/2009 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
it could have def caused problems, those meds are very important to be taken everyday and at close to the same time.
When they tried to wean me off the phenobarbital i had a mini seizure the next day.

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   Posted 8/29/2009 5:22 AM (GMT -7)   
MY father who also had epilepsy missed his doses and everytime he did he would have a grand mal so i would say yes is very important to take everyday on schedule. I now have epilepsy and i am sp frustrated with the meds that i dont want to take them but since my father died after having multiple grand mals after missing his meds i dont miss a dose myself, even with the frustrations i have i know it is way more important to take them anyways.
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   Posted 10/8/2009 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
He definitly could have a seizure after missing three days of medicine. I'm surprised the nurses who were taking care of him at the hospital were not informed of his prior condition. Maybe he should get an emergency braclet in case he has another seizure and he is in a public place they will have a phone number and be able to get all the needed info about the seizures and who his doctor is. They should have called asap when he came into the hospital and gotten all the required info about his past medical history and got orders for his seizure meds along with any new meds needed. Thats one of the first things we learn in nursing school. They were definitly wrong not to call the doctor for orders. I will keep him in my prayers

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   Posted 10/21/2009 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I am sorry what happened to your family member. Sounds like from now on another family member (perhaps your mother-in-law) will have to be his advocate when he goes to the dr or the hospital to make sure he is getting his meds and proper care. When my Dad was ill from multiple heart attacks and finally a heart transplant, my mother was his watch dog! She always made sure he was given his anti rejection drugs on time and in the proper doses. She made sure the nurses filled the fluid bags for his IVs and she knew who were the "good nurses and bad ones"! You have to, sometimes or it won't get done. Question the doctors orders or have someone call the doctor for you. Yes, I think not taking meds can cause the seizure. I know when I accidently miss 1 dose it can affect me. I now have an alarm set for the evenings so I won't forget. The a.m. is easy to remember when I get up. Blessings to you and yours, 


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   Posted 12/13/2009 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   
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