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How Often Do You Increase Your Medication?

How Often Do You Increase Your Medication?

It appears every 3-6 months my seizures become out of control again and I need to increase my medication. Things will go well for a bit and then get out of control again and a dose increase will temporarily help. Is this normal? Does this happen to you guys? Im on tegretol, vimpat, and clobazam.

posted March 24
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

It different for all of us. Increasing your med dosages, has to do with your blood levels, after they draw your blood. When your levels are low, your Dr. Will increase your meds. If your medication levels keep low the Dr. Will increases your meds a little more. When the meds dosage reach the max due to your weight, then it’s time to change to a different brand medication.

posted March 24
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

Is the neurologist doing blood tests with each of these increases? If you have too much of the anticonvulsant in your blood stream, it can trigger seizures. I know because this happened to me in the summer of 2003 and in late spring 2005.

posted March 24
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

You should only increase the dose of any medication if and when your doctor orders you to. I know some medications become toxic to the body or make seizures worse if you go higher than a certain dose, including clobazam. So just increasing it on your own is not recommended. Ask your doctor for directions

posted March 24
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

"So far so good" as in just none of the immediate side effects or Keppra, or are you in a long-term seizure free state?

posted July 23 (edited)
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

I was getting my blood tested once a yr, it had been 6 yrs since a seizure. I had a couple in January the put me in the emergency room. I was pit on Keppra in the hospital since I had another seizure in the hospital. My doc has been trying to get me off Keppra. When I had my most seizures in January I was only taking 375mg Keppra once a day in the morn. Since then I'm taking 375 rice and so far so good.

posted July 22

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