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How can valproate (Depakote) and felbamate (Felbatol) for epilepsy serve as birth control for women?

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  • Two drugs -- valproate (Depakote) and felbamate (Felbatol) -- can even increase hormonal levels. If you are on one of these drugs, your doctor may need to adjust the dosage of your birth control so that you don't have too much of the contraceptive in your body.

From: Birth Control for Women With Epilepsy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Epilepsy Foundation, Women and Epilepsy Initiative, "Birth Control for Women with Epilepsy. French, Jacqueline, MD, professor of neurology, New York University Langone Medical Center; co-director of Epilepsy Research and Epilepsy Clinical Trials at the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. Morrell, M. and Montouris, G., , February 2004. Penovich, P. et al., , February 2004. Yerby, Mark, MD, MPH, associate clinical professor of Neurology, Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University; founder, North Pacific Epilepsy Research, Portland, Oregon. Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.  





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Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 4, 2019

SOURCES: Epilepsy Foundation, Women and Epilepsy Initiative, "Birth Control for Women with Epilepsy. French, Jacqueline, MD, professor of neurology, New York University Langone Medical Center; co-director of Epilepsy Research and Epilepsy Clinical Trials at the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. Morrell, M. and Montouris, G., , February 2004. Penovich, P. et al., , February 2004. Yerby, Mark, MD, MPH, associate clinical professor of Neurology, Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University; founder, North Pacific Epilepsy Research, Portland, Oregon. Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.  





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