| | Dilantin/Depression/Anxiety Problem
I've been on Dilantin since Oct. '01 when I had my first of 8 Gran Mal seizures.
Current diagnosis shows that sleep apnea/sinus trouble/lack of oxygen is the cause of the seizures. They all happen while sleeping... and I'm on my back. I'm still taking 300mg of dilantin a day (generic... 100mg in am, 200mg pm). Sinus problem is being worked on. No GM seizures since November '06.
I've had (daytime) sensory simple partial seizures (auras) for many years that never lead to a GM seizure.
After the first GM, I developed roller-coaster depression, anxiety, and panic attacks, which were mostly under control with small amounts of (generic) ativan, taken as needed... 1/2mg at a time 2-3x per day.
I was wondering if anyone else taking dilantin and ativan had depression and anxiety problems that come and go. I'm pretty sure that the dilantin is the probable cause of the depression I'm having, but is ativan or dilantin causing the panic attacks/auras? Anti depressants aren't recommended because of the seizures and I have mild hypertension which is 100% under control with only 80mg/Diovan. I was diagnosed with that right after the first GM as well. I tried a few anti depressants and got more side effects than benefits. This roller coaster depression/panic attacks problem seems to come and go when it wants to. I've never tried other A/E drugs, because it seemed to be helping on the auras as well as the GM's, as long as my sinus problems are under control, and I get enough oxygen while sleeping.
Last edited by IMNRVUS; 05-15-2007 at 12:02 AM.