Anticonvulsants For Cerebral Palsy
How It Works
Anticonvulsants reduce excess electrical activity in the
Why It Is Used
Anticonvulsants are used to prevent or control seizures.
How Well It Works
Anticonvulsants successfully control or prevent seizures in most
The most common side effects of anticonvulsants include:
- Restlessness and
- Confusion and dizziness.
vomiting, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain.
- Uncontrollable eye
- Gum disease
Itching, fever, and a measles-like rash (sensitivity
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning on
anticonvulsants and the risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts. The FDA does not
recommend that people stop using these medicines. Instead, people who take
anticonvulsant medicine should be watched closely for
warning signs of suicide. People who take
anticonvulsant medicine and who are worried about this side effect should talk
to a doctor.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug
Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
- Some anticonvulsants make birth control pills
(oral contraceptives) less effective. Talk with your doctor about
other methods of birth control while taking these medicines.
anticonvulsants increase the sedating effects of alcohol and medications such
as antihistamines that often are used to treat colds, flu, and
- Some anticonvulsants make people more prone to gum
Women taking anticonvulsants need to talk with their health
professionals if they are considering becoming pregnant. Anticonvulsants may
harm a fetus.
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