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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. Serious Epilepsy Injuries Are Rare

      Nov. 10, 2004 -- Most injuries related to epilepsy are not severe, according to a new study. Elson So, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues report their findings in the Nov. 9 issue of the journal Neurology. The researchers studied 247 people with epilepsy living in Rochester w

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    10. Generic Epilepsy Drugs Not the Same

      Oct. 25, 2004 -- Don't switch from brand-name Dilantin to a generic version of the antiseizure drug -- or from generic to brand name, epilepsy specialists warn. The warning comes after epilepsy patients at MINCEP Epilepsy Care, in Minneapolis, Minn., suddenly began having severe seizures. The patien

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