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  1. Birth Defects Linked to Valproic Acid

    June 9, 2010 -- Women with epilepsy who take valproic acid during the first trimester of pregnancy are more likely to have children with birth defects than women who took other epilepsy drugs or no medicine to control their seizures during pregnancy. The findings appear in the June 10 issue of the N

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  2. Deep Brain Stimulation Stops Seizures

    March 18, 2010 -- Deep brain stimulation may offer a new treatment option for fighting epileptic seizures in those who don't respond well to other therapies. A new study shows deep brain stimulation, which involves implanting tiny electrodes in the brain that release electrical pulses, reduced the f

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  3. Zarontin Gets High Marks for Kids' Epilepsy

    March 4, 2010 -- One of the oldest drugs used to treat the most common form of pediatric epilepsy is also the most effective, a study shows. As many as 17% of children with epilepsy have absence seizures, also known as petit mal seizures, which involve brief but frequent staring spells that can occu

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  4. Epilepsy Treatment: Finding the Right Medication

    Taking epilepsy drugs has always been a fact of life for most people living with epilepsy. And until the 1990s, choosing an epilepsy drug was comparatively simple: only a handful were available. In the past 15 years, epilepsy treatment for controlling seizures has come a long way. The number of avai

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  5. Epilepsy Medications: When Is It Safe to Substitute a Generic?

    The FDA says generic epilepsy drugs are no different from generic drugs for other conditions: virtually identical to brand-name drugs in their effects. Therefore, there's no problem substituting generic drugs for epilepsy. But many doctors who specialize in treating epilepsy don't agree. For a small

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  6. Actor Greg Grunberg Steps Up for Epilepsy

    On the NBC show Heroes, Greg Grunberg plays an ordinary guy with extraordinary powers. In real life, he credits astonishing powers to his 13-year-old son, Jake, who has lived with epilepsy for the past five years. Epilepsy, a neurological condition that affects 3 million Americans (350,000 of them a

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  7. Panel: Avoid Epilepsy Drug in Pregnancy

    April 27, 2009 (Seattle) -- Women with epilepsy should avoid taking the drug valproate (Depakote) during pregnancy if possible, according to new guidelines developed by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Epilepsy Society. "There is good evidence that valproate, whether used by

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  8. Epilepsy Drug Linked to Babies' Lower IQ

    April 15, 2009 -- Women with epilepsy who took the drug valproate (Depakote) during pregnancy gave birth to children whose IQ at age 3 averaged up to 9 points lower than the scores of children exposed to other epilepsy drugs, according to a new study. "Valproate exposure to the unborn child is assoc

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  9. Epilepsy Drugs Get Suicide Risk Warning

    Dec. 16, 2008 -- The FDA today announced that it will require makers of epilepsy drugs to add a warning about increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors to the products' prescribing information or labeling. The warning -- which won't be a "black box" warning -- applies to all antiepileptic me

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  10. Epilepsy Drug, Pregnancy Raise Autism Risk

    Dec. 1, 2008 -- Women who take the epilepsy drug valproate while pregnant may increase their child's risk of autism, a new study shows. British researchers looked at 632 children, almost half of whom were exposed to epilepsy drugs during gestation. Nine of the 632 have been diagnosed with autism, an

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