I've had juvenile myoclonoic epilepsy for about 4 years now and have only had 2 grand mal seizures. I take 200 mg of lamotrigine daily, but was previously on 1250 mg of valproic acid. When I was first diagnosed, my neurologist said she'd only recommend having 2 drinks max. I'm in university right now and the temptation to drink is very high. I have been getting pretty drunk going out partying, including nights where i have about 13 drinks (I'm 200 lbs). I have… read more
Sure doesn't bother me! Party on. My Dr. Knows I'm a party animal.
I can go to a party or bar hopping and not get myself wasted. If I do drink , I may get one glass of alcohol. Otherwise I will drink virgin mix drinks or soda.
I rarely drink now, but did in my 20s for awhile. With my meds, one drink has double the alcoholic effect on me. A couple of times I had too much and paid dearly for it...had a seizure and a nasty hangover. Can you imagine having the after effects of both on the same day? Not an experience I ever want to repeat! Please be careful.
I was diagnosed at age 17.Petit Mal Epilepsy. I am now 58. I struggled when I was younger. During this time life can be about parties, late nights and alcohol. I went into denial and even stopped my medication. BIG MISTAKE. Anyway I found when I was younger I could cope with the late nights and alcohol.
Long story short, yes I coped when I was younger but I feel it did irreversible damage. You need to have fun but moderation is the key. Do not underestimate your diagnosis. Respect it. Teach yourself to enjoy life but still follow recommendations of limited alcohol. Sleep is soooo important. Life is meant to be fun....too many rules can make you not want to follow any.
i was diagnosed at 17 with grand mals & thats a difficult time to start but as i was settled on a regimin i went out drinking like nothing was wrong with me. granted i was careful on my intake & what i all drank as well as what i mixed but i made sure my friends knew incase i did have 1. every med tells you not to drink but as long as your careful & smart you shouldnt run into any issues. i know at that age & stage in life its difficult but since this is a serious duffucult condition you have to take that into consideration. dont let it take over your life but know you have it & know what your limits are & what will & cause 1 hope that helps