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  1. Tip Sheet: Avoiding Epilepsy Drug Interactions

    Unfortunately, many medicines for epilepsy can interact with common prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Epilepsy drugs can prevent some medicines from working normally, and other medicines can have the same effect on epilepsy drugs. Either situation can be dangerous. "There are just so many

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  2. Epilepsy Surgery Brings Long-Term Results

    June 14, 2005 -- Brain surgeryBrain surgery to treat epilepsy can provide relief from seizures for up to 30 years, a new study suggests. "Few studies have looked at the long-term prognosis for epilepsy surgery," says researcher William H. Theodore, MD, of the National Institute of Neurological Disor

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  3. Tip Sheet: Successful Epilepsy Treatment

    What can you do to improve your epilepsy treatment? Plenty. WebMD asked epilepsy experts for their advice. Take an active role. You need to be more than a patient. Be an active participant in your health care. Learn about epilepsy and its treatments. Know the names and doses of your medicines. Ask y

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  4. Delaying Epilepsy Drugs May Be OK for Some

    June 9, 2005 -- Starting epilepsy drugs right away may not be necessary for people who have experienced a first seizure or who are in the early stages of epilepsy. Researchers found that immediate treatment with epilepsy drugs did not reduce the risk of repeat seizures over the long term in a large

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  5. Early Epilepsy Surgery Helps Child Development

    April 26, 2005 -- Don't wait too long to consider epilepsy surgery for young children, a new study indicates. Kids who suffer frequent epilepsy seizures don't develop normally. Most have retarded mental and social development. Seizure control -- with epilepsy drugs or a special diet -- lets children

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  6. 1 Lot of Epilepsy Drug Neurontin Is Recalled

    April 26, 2005 -- The FDA and drug company Pfizer have notified health care professionals of Pfizer's voluntary recall of one lot (40,000 bottles) of 100 milligram capsules of the epilepsy medication Neurontin. epilepsy medication Neurontin. Pfizer issued the recall after a mechanical failure in the

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  7. Epilepsy Drug Linked to Birth Defects, Low IQ

    March 21, 2005 -- The evidence continues to mount against the use of the antiseizure drug valproate during pregnancy. In two new studies, children born to mothers who took valproate during early pregnancy had higher rates of birth defects and lowered verbal IQ. A newer epilepsy medication, Lamictal,

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  8. Longer Life, Less Aging With Seizure Drugs?

    Jan. 13, 2005 -- New clues have emerged about living longer and aging less. The key: three antiseizure drugs, which lengthened life spans and delayed aging in worms. Granted, the worms only gained a couple of days. But in worm time, that's an eternity. In some cases, the drugs let the worms live mor

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  9. Epilepsy Study Gives Insight to Mood Disorders

    Jan. 5, 2005 -- New solutions for learning and mood disorders caused by epilepsy may be a step closer to reality. Producing more brain cells might help, latest research shows. Brain injury caused by an acute seizure can prompt the production of new cells, which researchers say is most likely the res

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  10. Pacemakers Could Cut Sudden Death in Epilepsy

    Dec. 17, 2004 -- Pacemakers could help protect epilepsy patients from sudden unexplained death, say British researchers. About 1 in 1,000 people with epilepsy die suddenly each year, leaving no clues about what killed them. To see if heart rhythm problems might be at work, researchers recruited 10 m

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