Tip Sheet: Avoiding Epilepsy Drug Interactions
Learn how to steer clear of risky drug interactions if you take one or more medicines for epilepsy.
By R. Morgan Griffin
Reviewed By Charlotte Grayson
Unfortunately, many medicines for epilepsy can interact with common prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Epilepsy drugs can prevent some medicines from working normally, and other medicines can have the same effect on epilepsy drugs. Either situation can be dangerous.
"There are just so many possible drug interactions with epilepsy medications," says John M. Pellock, MD, spokesman for the American Epilepsy Society and chairman of child neurology at Virginia Commonwealth University. "You couldn't list them all." So the key is to talk openly with your doctor about any possible risks in your case.
Experts suggest the following for avoiding drug interactions with epilepsy drugs.
Learn more about epilepsy medications and your treatment options. To get the most out of your treatment plan, see the tip sheet for success.
Published June 2005.
SOURCES: Gregory L. Barkley, MD, chairman, Epilepsy Foundation's Professional Advisory Board; Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit. Orrin Devinsky, MD, director, New York University Epilepsy Center, professor of neurology, NYU School of Medicine. John M. Pellock, MD, spokesman, American Epilepsy Society; chairman of child neurology, Virginia Commonwealth University. French, J.A. Neurology, April 2004; vol. 62: pp 1252-1260. French, J.A. Neurology, April 2004; vol 62: pp 1261-1273. Wheless, J.W. ACP Medicine, Chapter XII: Neurology, Epilepsy, 2003. The Epilepsy Foundation. Epilepsy.com. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders.
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