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Old 11-06-2002, 01:27 PM   #1
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Question 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!


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Old 11-08-2002, 12:05 PM   #2
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Just a little update:

I have been sticking to my meds exactly and prescribed and have about 2-4 auras per day. I have had ZERO auras up until the other day when I started having auras in my sleep. I wish I would just have the grand mal and get it over with!

Old 11-08-2002, 12:16 PM   #3
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you are alot like me however, my seizures are more often. This is due to depression (untreated)..are you depressed? or more stressed lately? I find that a little stress releif helps. meditating to releive the stress... sure won't hurt to try before sleep..


Old 11-08-2002, 12:37 PM   #4
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Smile a matter of fact I have been stressed lately. Maybe that's it. Thanks god the weekend is near! Thanks for the reply.

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