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Posted by carol on January 18, 2000 at 19:49:03:

In Reply to: Is Epilepsy genetic? posted by Joe on January 17, 2000 at 14:35:33:

: I have read numerous messages thet state that epiepsy was handed down to the child. The doctor is telling me epilepsy is not genetic and then I read information to the contrary. Could anyone help me on this matter. My wife has been having nocturnal seizures since 12. Depekote worked great for her. She was seizure free when taking it correctly. The doctor has now switched her to tegretol because he said its safer if we were thinking about kids. Could anyone give me any information on any of this? I am trying to learn all I can about this. Thanks-JOE


Oh Joe,
Some forms of seizures do tend to run in families and some are brought on by head trama. I am 36 years old and have been taking medicine for grand mal seizures since I was 17. While I was still having children I was on Dilantin with my 1st, Tegretol with my 2nd and 3rd. Ironically, though the Tegretol was not the best drug for my type of seizures even though it was safer than Dilantin. After I had my 3rd child and still in the hospital I began having Petit Mals very bad. The doctors did a Cat scan and EEG and determined that the best drug for my seizures would be Depakote. My youngest is now 4 and I have not had a seizure since. Be warned though that all anti-convulsant drugs do pose a threat to the fetus. These are nueral-tube defects which can be serious. Your wife ObGyn will precribe additional meds for her to help with these possible complications. By the way, I have 3 (rotten) but perfectly healthy children. Good luck.

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