Category: "Pregnancy"

Taking antidepressants during pregnancy does not lead to epilepsy in infants, new study

Taking antidepressants during pregnancy does not lead to epilepsy in infants, new study

Taking antidepressants during pregnancy has been a concern for many expectant mothers. A growing body of research points to evidence that it’s not the antidepressants that will harm newborns. It’s when mothers neglect treatment for depression that can put their babies at risk for seizures and epilepsy. Kelsey Wiggs, Ph.D. candidate at IU Bloomington and […]

Blood Levels of Common Epilepsy Drugs Drop During Pregnancy

Blood Levels of Common Epilepsy Drugs Drop During Pregnancy

Antiseizure medication monitoring should begin early, researchers say Blood levels of commonly prescribed antiseizure medications (ASMs) dropped during pregnancy, prospective data from the MONEAD cohort showed. Women experienced significant decreases in dose-normalized concentrations during pregnancy with most ASMs — including declines of up to 56% for lamotrigine (Lamictal) and 37% for levetiracetam (Keppra) — compared with postpartum […]

Valproate prescriptions reduce between 2018-2021

Valproate prescriptions reduce between 2018-2021

New figures show that the number of women prescribed sodium valproate in a month fell by over 7,000 between April 2018 and September 2021. This is according to findings published by NHS Digital in March 2022. Valproate (brand name Epilim) is a medicine used to treat epilepsy. In some cases it may be the only medicine that is […]

Is Breastfeeding Safe for Infants of Women With Epilepsy on Antiseizure Medication?

Is Breastfeeding Safe for Infants of Women With Epilepsy on Antiseizure Medication?

Antiseizure medications (ASMs) can be detected in breast milk of women with epilepsy and plasma/serum of infants who have consumed breast milk, according to study findings published in Seizure: Journal of Epilepsy. Global health organizations recommend exclusively breastfeeding infants for at least 6 months. Deciding whether to discontinue ASMs is a serious concern for half of […]

Contraception for Women Taking Enzyme-Inducing Antiepileptics

Contraception for Women Taking Enzyme-Inducing Antiepileptics

Topiramate, introduced as an antiepileptic drug (AED), is currently most widely used for prevention of migraine headaches. Because reproductive-aged women represent a population in which migraines are prevalent, clinicians need guidance to help women taking topiramate make sound contraceptive choices. Several issues are relevant here. First, women who have migraines with aura should avoid estrogen-containing contraceptive pills, patches, and rings. Instead, […]

Why epilepsy affects children under five

Why epilepsy affects children under five

Epilepsy, also called seizure disorder, is a brain condition that causes a child to have seizures. A condition of the nervous system that mainly affects children under five years of all races and ethnic backgrounds. Some children outgrow their seizures by the time they are teenagers while others have life-long challenges. A seizure occurs when […]

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