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What should you do if you want to try to get pregnant and have epilepsy?

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Talk to your doctor well before you try to get pregnant and he will help choose the safest medication at lowest dose for seizure control, and for the health of your baby. You may need to change your medication or adjust your dose.

If you are taking more than one antiseizure drug, your doctor may recommend that you taper down to just one. That's because combinations of drugs to treat epilepsy have a higher risk of causing birth defects than just one drug alone.

From: Women, Pregnancy, and Epilepsy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Epilepsy Foundation, Women and Epilepsy Initiative: "Pregnancy Issues."

Jacqueline French, MD, professor of neurology, NYU Langone Medical Center; co-director, Epilepsy Research and Epilepsy Clinical Trials, NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. 

Goetz, C. , Saunders, 2003.  Textbook of Clinical Neurology, 2nd ed.

Morrell M. , Oct. 15, 2002.  American Family Physician

Mark Yerby, MD, MPH, associate clinical professor of Neurology, Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon; founder, North Pacific Epilepsy Research, Portland.

Pennell, P. , April 2018. JAMA Neurology

Gedzelman, E.  April 2012. .

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 07, 2018

SOURCES:

Epilepsy Foundation, Women and Epilepsy Initiative: "Pregnancy Issues."

Jacqueline French, MD, professor of neurology, NYU Langone Medical Center; co-director, Epilepsy Research and Epilepsy Clinical Trials, NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. 

Goetz, C. , Saunders, 2003.  Textbook of Clinical Neurology, 2nd ed.

Morrell M. , Oct. 15, 2002.  American Family Physician

Mark Yerby, MD, MPH, associate clinical professor of Neurology, Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon; founder, North Pacific Epilepsy Research, Portland.

Pennell, P. , April 2018. JAMA Neurology

Gedzelman, E.  April 2012. .

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 07, 2018

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