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What are side effects of epilepsy medicines for children?

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The side effects for these epilepsy medicines vary, but generally they include:

Less common side effects of epilepsy drugs include depression, irritability, and hyperactivity. Many epilepsy drugs cause specific side effects, and you should ask your child's doctor about them. Any side effects should be checked out with a doctor. This is especially true of rashes, which could indicate a possibly dangerous allergic reaction to the drug.

  • Grogginess
  • Double vision
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Unsteadiness on the feet
  • Rash

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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