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Hi,

I take epilum, 2 morn and 2 night. 200g. Sorry I am not sure of the overdose effects if any. Maybe check with the Chemist who dispensed them, they are a wealth of infomation and if they do not know they can look it up for you. Saves you having to go to the Doctor. Here is run down on some of the meds and the side effects: Phenytoin (Dilantin) capsules, syrup and tablets
Dosage: Average daily dose range (adults) 200-400mg in divided doses. Dose needs to be individually adjusted.Treatment: Effective against generalised tonic-clonic and partial seizures. Ineffective against absences. Serum level monitoring essential.
Possible side effects: Blurred vision, double vision, drowsiness, unsteadiness and slurred speech may occur if the dose is too high. Coarsening of facial features, overgrowth of gums and acne may be a problem with prolonged use, as well as an increase in body hair.
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) tablets and syrup
Dosage: Average daily dose range (adults) 600-1200mg in divided doses.Treatment: Effective against generalised tonic-clonic and partial seizures. Ineffective against absences.Possible side effects: Blurred vision, double vision, unsteadiness and nausea may occur initially or if dose is too high. Occasional rash and drowsiness may occur.
Sodium Valproate (Epilim) tablets and syrup
Dosage: Average daily dose range (adults) 600-1500mg in divided doses.Treatment: Effective against generalised tonic-clonic, absences and myoclonus. May be used for partial seizures.Possible side effects: The most common side effect is gastrointestinal (diarrhoea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting). Weight gain can also occur. Drowsiness and tremor are infrequent side effects. Hair loss occurs in some people, but usually minor and reversible. Liver damage very uncommon but may be serious. Blood disorders at high dose.
Ethosuximide (Zarontin) capsules and syrup
Dosage: As prescribed by the doctor.Treatment: Effective against absences only.Possible side effects: Behavioural disturbances. Nausea and drowsiness may occur. Hiccups, headaches and rash. Other possible side effects include a decrease in appetite, abdominal pain and an unsteady walk. I hope this helps