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What seizure drugs can cause anxiety?

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Phenytoin (Dilantin, Phenytek) is a medication that calms the electrical activity that happens in the brain during a seizure. Sometimes doctors also prescribe it to control irregular heartbeats. But it can cause panic attacks, agitation, and anxiety.

From: What Meds Might Cause Anxiety? WebMD Medical Reference

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Advances in Psychiatric Treatment : “Neuropsychiatric effects of caffeine.”

Cochrane Database System Review : “Phenytoin versus valproate monotherapy for partial onset seizures and generalized onset tonic-clonic seizures.”

FDA: “Medicines in my Home: Caffeine and Your Body.”

International Journal of Child Health and Human Development: “Asthma and Mood Disorders.”

Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics : “Corticosteroid-related central nervous system side effects.”

Mayo Clinic: “Anxiety,” “Migraine,” “Prednisone and other corticosteroids.”

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation: “Prescription Medications.”

Psychiatry (Edgmont) : “Real-World Data on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Medication Side Effects.”

UpToDate: “Theophylline use in asthma.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Albuterol (oral route),” “Salmeterol (Inhalation route),” “Thyroid,” “Phenytoin.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2017

SOURCES:

Advances in Psychiatric Treatment : “Neuropsychiatric effects of caffeine.”

Cochrane Database System Review : “Phenytoin versus valproate monotherapy for partial onset seizures and generalized onset tonic-clonic seizures.”

FDA: “Medicines in my Home: Caffeine and Your Body.”

International Journal of Child Health and Human Development: “Asthma and Mood Disorders.”

Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics : “Corticosteroid-related central nervous system side effects.”

Mayo Clinic: “Anxiety,” “Migraine,” “Prednisone and other corticosteroids.”

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation: “Prescription Medications.”

Psychiatry (Edgmont) : “Real-World Data on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Medication Side Effects.”

UpToDate: “Theophylline use in asthma.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Albuterol (oral route),” “Salmeterol (Inhalation route),” “Thyroid,” “Phenytoin.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2017

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