| | Phenobarbital to stop seizures
I currently take 500mg Depakote at night and 1gr Phenobarbital along with it. I take one 250mg Depakote in the morning. I have had 5 seizures in 3 years. Most of the seizures I have (last 3) are at night or in the morning. If I wake up and am "aura free" I will be fine all day. I had two seizures during the day; both times I was having auras after I woke and throughout the day. I did not know what they were. If I wake up and feel auras, I now call into work and go back to sleep. Anyway....
Last night I kept waking up with auras. I had already taken my nightly dose of Phenobarbital & Depakote. I took another 1gr Phenobarbital about 5 hours after the night dose. Well I went back to sleep, the auras completely stopped and I didn't have a seizure.
Should I have not done this? Will doing this occasionally bite me back and trigger a seizure? Will doing this cause the Pheno not to work at current doses over time?
The Depakote doesn't seem to help much but the Dilantin was raising my liver enzymes. I could go almost a year on Dilantin seizure free. Ever since I was put on Depakote, my frequency became closer than ever and I actually had two seizures in my sleep 2 hours apart. All the nuero did after that episode was add the Pheno to the Depakote.
Hereís a breakdown of my seizure activity (all Grand Mal):
When I had my first seizure I was stubborn and didn't go on any meds. It took 7-1/2 months before I had a second seizure on no meds. I then went on 400mg Dilantin. I then went almost a year and had a seizure in my sleep. I was then switched to 750mg Depakote due to raised liver enzymes. I went a little over four months and had the two seizures 2 hours apart in my sleep. I have not had a seizure since the Pheno was added (3 months yesterday).
It's nice having auras as a warning but it also scares me!