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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.

A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

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 3 months ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

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 3 months ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

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 3 months ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

@A MyEpilepsyTeam Member Is your neurologist doing regular or at least semi-regular blood tests with the raising of the dosages?
Too much can actually trigger seizures and way too much can turn it into an "organ killer" poison.
NOTE: Kurt Eichenwald's story is a great example of the "organ killer"

posted 3 months ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

My meds get upped everytime I have a seizure. I have had around 5 in all, 2 before I was diagnosed. I'm currently on 200mgs of lamotrigine and 750mgs of Keppra, so far so good.

posted 3 months ago
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