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What are precautions you need to take when using drugs for children with epilepsy?

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Epilepsy drugs are powerful and can have side effects. You may be concerned about giving them to a small child. But medications usually help stop the seizures, which is crucial.

Take care to check that your child’s epilepsy medicine does not interact with another drug, supplement or herb they take. Let your child’s doctor know of any new drugs or supplements.

Research has found no evidence that children treated with epilepsy meds are more likely to abuse drugs.

From: Drugs for Children With Epilepsy WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 11/11/2017

SOURCES: Solomon L. Moshe, MD. Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience and Pediatrics, Director of Clinical Neurophysiology and Child Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York; past president of the American Epilepsy Society. William R. Turk, MD. Division chief, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neurology, The Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida. Freeman, J. et al. 2nd ed. 2002. National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities web site. Nemours Foundation web site. Epilepsy Foundation web site. American Epilepsy Society web site. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke web site. Epilepsy Foundation Entitled 2 Respect web site. Medscape Epilepsy Resource Center web site. WebMD Medical News: "Epilepsy Surgery Works for Many." WebMD Medical News: "Epilepsy Treatments' Failure: Gene Link?" Supernus Pharmaceuticals web site.  












Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood: A Guide.

 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2017

SOURCES: Solomon L. Moshe, MD. Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience and Pediatrics, Director of Clinical Neurophysiology and Child Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York; past president of the American Epilepsy Society. William R. Turk, MD. Division chief, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neurology, The Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida. Freeman, J. et al. 2nd ed. 2002. National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities web site. Nemours Foundation web site. Epilepsy Foundation web site. American Epilepsy Society web site. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke web site. Epilepsy Foundation Entitled 2 Respect web site. Medscape Epilepsy Resource Center web site. WebMD Medical News: "Epilepsy Surgery Works for Many." WebMD Medical News: "Epilepsy Treatments' Failure: Gene Link?" Supernus Pharmaceuticals web site.  












Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood: A Guide.

 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2017

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