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Posted by Shirley Harris on April 14, 2000 at 17:14:20:

In Reply to: Re: Blood tests. posted by Mi on January 17, 2000 at 08:43:12:

My fiancee has a blood test done once a year. He's been doing this for over 10 yrs. As far as I can understand, there's 2 reasons for it: 1. to make sure the phenobarbitol is not too high a level (toxicity) 2. to make sure it's not too low a level (effectiveness).

He's gained weight as he's gotten older and he was having more seizures (petit mal). We thought the levels were too low. He got the blood test and doc suggested taking the med at a different time of day. Worked.

Really I think testing is a moral thing to do, since it can be a dangerous drug. Plus for insurance reasons I'm sure the doc wants to be viewed as acting in the safest manner possible, in the best interest of the patient's health at all times. Maybe as the years go by doctors are being more careful because insurance is rising or maybe it's because more of the dangers of the drug are known. Who knows? But I like that he gets tested, FWIW.


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