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What are side effects of epilepsy medication?

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Mild side effects of epilepsy medication can include:

More serious side effects can be:

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  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Weight gain
  • Thinning bones
  • Rashes
  • Clumsiness
  • Trouble talking
  • Trouble remembering things
  • Trouble thinking
  • Weight loss
  • Mood change
  • Severe rash
  • Inflammation in organs like your liver
  • Depression

SOURCES:

The Epilepsy Foundation: “Blood Testing,” “Choosing a First Medicine,” “Drug Interactions,” “How Medicines Work,” “If First Medicine Doesn’t Work,” “Ketogenic Diet,” “Responsive Neurostimulation,” “Seizure and Epilepsy Medicines,” “Stopping Medication,” “Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS),” “What’s First?”

Medscape: “Epilepsy and Seizures Medication.”

Mayo Clinic: “Epilepsy: Treatment.”

Yale School of Medicine Comprehensive Epilepsy Center: “How is epilepsy treated?”

UCSF Medical Center: “Epilepsy Treatment.”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on July 24, 2019

SOURCES:

The Epilepsy Foundation: “Blood Testing,” “Choosing a First Medicine,” “Drug Interactions,” “How Medicines Work,” “If First Medicine Doesn’t Work,” “Ketogenic Diet,” “Responsive Neurostimulation,” “Seizure and Epilepsy Medicines,” “Stopping Medication,” “Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS),” “What’s First?”

Medscape: “Epilepsy and Seizures Medication.”

Mayo Clinic: “Epilepsy: Treatment.”

Yale School of Medicine Comprehensive Epilepsy Center: “How is epilepsy treated?”

UCSF Medical Center: “Epilepsy Treatment.”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on July 24, 2019

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