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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Antiseizure Drug Depakote Under Fire

    Dec. 7, 2004 - The antiseizure drug Depakote has been linked to birth defects and lower IQs among children exposed to it in the womb, but millions of American women may be taking it without knowing the risks, a group of epilepsy experts warned Tuesday. Officials with the Epilepsy Foundation and the

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  9. Epilepsy, Alternative Medicine May Not Mix

    Dec. 6, 2004 -- Many people with epilepsy use complementary and alternative medical products, but some of those items may conflict with traditional epilepsy treatments. Such products can include vitamin/mineral supplements as well as herbal and natural products. They're available over the counter an

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  10. Generic Epilepsy Drug Switch Tied to Seizures

    Dec. 6, 2004 -- Making the switch from a brand-name epilepsy drug to a generic one may increase the risk of seizures or other side effects, according to a new study. Researchers found that more than two-thirds of neurologists reported that their epilepsy patients experienced breakthrough seizures af

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