Here is a list of Herbal remedies found OTC that people like to think they lessen seizures, when there is no PROOF that these things prevent or lessen seizures.
Kola, Guarana, Bitter Orange, Country Mallow, Ma Huang, Valerian Root, Kava Kava, St. John's Wort, Ginko, Mate, Eucalyptus, Evening Primrose Oil, Ginseng, Eleuthero Root, Hawthorn, Saw Palmetto, Goldenseal, Sage, Thistle, Ephedra, and Licorice, there are more, but I don't have my list of stuff in front of me. This a partial list. Also, DON'T DRINK OR CONSUME ANYTHING WITH GRAPEFRUIT!!! HUGE interactions wtih AEDs.
The information I have says NOT to take "alternative"drugs, as they are being called, because they will cause serious side effects and damage to body parts or the brain. They can cause dangerous BP increases, more seizures, heart problems, low BP, increase in side effects of one drug, and decrease the side effects of another, cause neuro and liver toxicity, and the list goes on.
ALL HERBS ARE OUT FOR the treament of seizures. It doesn't help them or the person having them.
Docs may prescribe you magnesium, B-9 or B-12, or even Folic Acid. Even males get Folic Acid, because if they take Depakote they're going to need it.
The supplemental vitamins prescribed by your doc is merely to make up for the depleted vitamins lost through AED therapy, NOT to prevent seizures from occuring.
DO NOT TAKE ANY KIND of herbal supplement without asking your doctor first.
Self-medication is not a good practice, when our brains are already haywire.
Kitchen herbs that are natural that you eat shoudn't be a problem.
But they are NOT a replacement for the drug therapy.
AEDS are the only thing other than surgery that control epilepsy for adults. Kids can use the Ketogenic Diet.
Not, herbs, or little things that you make up out of things, with oil, none of that stuff. However, cod liver oil is a good thing to take, it decreases the chances for heart disease and heart attack, by keeping you arteries cleaned out. But don't get to heavy with it. it has its own nasty side effects that will keep you close to the bathroom all day.
31 years old--born with epilepsy--undiagnosed for over 25 years. Suffered bad abuse by dad causing repeated head injuries, 3 brain infections, 4 concussions, and shingles on the brain.
Initially diagnosed last April, and it was confirmed this March after a 9-day stay in the EMU.
Diagnosed with a sub-type of TLE called Mesial Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Syndrome with Amygdala-Hippocampal seizures.
I have epileptic aura, Simple Partial, Complex Partial and Secondarily Generalized Tonic-Clonic seizures (nocturnal), and a reflex epilepsy as well with Absence and Myoclonic seizures. Myoclonics do occur as regular seizures in me, not just as a result of photic responses.
I failed 7 other drugs.
I take Depakote-1000 mgs and Neurontin--3600 mgs
--TAKE WHAT YOU CAN DO AND DO YOUR BEST WITH IT!!!!