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Not sure of its effectiveness on me. Nothing really worked until my doctor added Depakote (which turns out to be a bad drug for me). Anyway, my only complaint, and it's a big one, is that my short-term memory was affected. Anyone else have this problem? I am taking myself off of this medication.

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treehugger | 45-54 | Female | On medication for 1 to less than 2 years | Patient
4/26/2014
Condition: Convulsive Seizures
Overall rating 2.3
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First off I live alone.I use this medication with Keppra( I truly do not know which one has the effect, and if both affect each other, or if both are making the same sides effects. My seizures have become more violent( i have no insurance and therfore i refuse to go to the hospital,last year was $14,000 in medical expenses and about $12,000( which Glaxo-Smith Kline pays part of. Post-seizure i dont know who or what i am, or where i am, cannot write, scared of people, scream and fight,it takes me about 3 weeks to fully recover This has caused me to have hypothroidism (which my other doctor fights with me about, as the perscription goes up and down according to blood tests.I have night sweats, chills,go from happy to crying, or sitting and looking at the floor,unable to sleep and nightmares, constant cold like symptoms,headaches that burn with pain, dry mouth, bleading nose, teeth having problems, vision issues with light and colors, thinking ability is slowed or thoughts are gone( was a honor student), unable to remember things( these come intermittant, like pedi-mal), dizzy, tripping, and balance issues. Gag reflex issues, muscle spasms in throat. Seizures are more violent, and when it was tried to get me off the Keppra i had violent seizures. People have a bias towards me because of seizures in the first place, i cannot get insurance,trouble finding a job, and SSD said that because i garden to feed myself, that i am able to have a job. At least when i have a seizure in the garden i dont get hurt.I dont want anymore seizures because they hurt and cause so much debt,i do figure if i die there will be no more debt and the pain will be gone.

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RoRo | 55-64 | Male | Patient
8/1/2013
Condition: Epilepsy of the Lennox Gastaut Syndrome
Overall rating 5.0
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wanda | 45-54 | Female | On medication for less than 1 month |
3/13/2013
Condition: Bipolar Depression
Overall rating 5.0
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I took this medicine for 5 years and it worked awesome. I had to reduce dosage, those doctors are always prescribing too much. I just wish i could find some new medicine that will work i am on depokote. 2 wks, I had to reduce the dosage myself, the dr has me on 3 a day and i was unable to get off the couch. I feel like i have rocks weighting down my body i am going to give it another week to see if it does better if not i will get it changed

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eaparicio | 25-34 | Female | On medication for 1 to less than 2 years | Patient
9/28/2011
Condition: Bipolar Depression
Overall rating 3.3
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I took the drug for about a year. Initially I felt fine, then I really couldn't see any effectiveness as time went on. Can't focus, I'm on such a high dosage, it's so sad to not feel any effects. To answer one comment--yes I do experience short-term memory loss which makes me feel so inadequate to perform at work.

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dbmiller1956 | 45-54 | Female | On medication for 1 to 6 months | Patient
1/4/2011
Condition: Bipolar Depression
Overall rating 3.7
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Taking 1oomg of Lamictal, but will be changing to 300mg AND adding Seroquel - 200mg. I have been taking the Lamictal for about 6 weeks and am a little hesitant about adding this medication. Can anyone tell me if they have taken these two drugs together and if there were any symptoms I should be aware of.

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