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  1. New Birth Defect Warning for Topamax

    March 4, 2011 -- Taking the epilepsy drug topiramate (Topamax) during pregnancy raises the risk of oral cleft birth defects such as cleft lip and cleft palate, according to a new warning issued by the FDA. New drug registry data show that the risk of oral birth defects is up to 16 times higher among

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  2. Death Rate High Among People With Persistent Seizures

    Dec. 22, 2010 -- Researchers who followed 245 children with epilepsy into adulthood found that 24% died over a 40-year period, a rate that was three times higher than expected in the general population. More than half (55%) of these deaths were related to epilepsy, says researcher Shlomo Shinnar, MD

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  3. Epilepsy Drug in Pregnancy Raises Spina Bifida Risk

    Dec. 2, 2010 -- Babies born to women who take the antiseizure drug carbamazepine have a more than twofold increased risk for the birth defect spina bifida, a study shows. But researchers say the drug still has less risk of birth defects overall than the epilepsy drugs valproic acid. Researchers revi

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  4. Epilepsy Drugs, Breastfeeding: Safe for Kids?

    Nov. 24, 2010 -- Breastfeeding while a mother is taking epilepsy drugs does not appear to harm a child's IQ, according to a new study that followed children born to women with epilepsy until age 3. ''We compared the breastfed babies to non-breastfed babies and basically found no difference at all in

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  5. Understanding and Coping with Stigma of Disabilities

    Having a disability or chronic health condition saddles the person with more than just the physical complaint. One has to struggle with the social meaning of that disorder as well. Often society is not very accepting of illness and disability and the person affected becomes stigmatized as a result.

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  6. Epilepsy May Be Linked to Infertility Risk

    Oct. 11, 2010 -- More than one-third of women with epilepsy may experience problems becoming pregnant, according to a new study of women from India. This rate is more twice as high as the infertility rate seen among Indian women in the general population. The study is published in the Oct. 12 issue

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  7. My WebMD: A Teen Copes with Epilepsy

    I had my first real epileptic seizure when I was 5 years old. My mother says my eyes were rolling and I was staring off into the distance. She was terrified. What I had is called a "petit mal" seizure or an "absence" seizure. It’s called that because there’s a lapse in conscious activity for a coupl

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  8. New Epilepsy Drug Potiga Gets FDA Panel Nod

    Aug. 11, 2010 -- Potiga, a new epilepsy drug, should be approved in the U.S. as an add-on treatment, an FDA expert advisory panel today voted. Potiga, known generically as ezogabine in the U.S. and as retigabine elsewhere, works differently than current epilepsy drugs. That's a good thing, as about

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  9. Study: No Proof of Epilepsy Drug Suicide Risk

    Aug. 4, 2010 -- Drugs used by epilepsy patients to control seizures now carry a warning that the medications may increase the risk for suicide, but a newly published analysis involving more than 5 million people finds no evidence of such a risk. The study is the latest to challenge a 2008 research r

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  10. Certain Epilepsy Drugs Linked to Suicide

    July 26, 2010 -- New research challenges the idea that all epilepsy drugs are associated with an increased risk for suicide. The study found that certain newer epilepsy medications, but not older ones, were linked to an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in patients taking the drugs f

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