Category: "Women and Epilepsy"

Do epilepsy medications taken during pregnancy affect a child’s creativity?

Do epilepsy medications taken during pregnancy affect a child’s creativity?

While older drugs for epilepsy, taken while pregnant, have been shown in previous research to affect the creative thinking of children, a new study finds no effects on creativity for children born to those taking newer epilepsy drugs. This study is published in Neurology. Overall, the study found no effects on the children’s creative abilities or […]

Impact of antiepileptic medications and sex hormones on maternal and child outcomes in epilepsy

Impact of antiepileptic medications and sex hormones on maternal and child outcomes in epilepsy

Studies show that sex steroid hormone concentrations significantly increase throughout the duration of pregnancy. These concentrations and their neuroactive steroid metabolites may influence fetal neurodevelopment and seizure control among pregnant women with epilepsy. Enzyme-inducing (EI) antiseizure medications (ASMs) have been known to alter sex steroid hormone concentrations in the nonpregnant state. In a recent analysis […]

Impact of antiepileptic medications and sex hormones on maternal and child outcomes in epilepsy

Impact of antiepileptic medications and sex hormones on maternal and child outcomes in epilepsy

Studies show that sex steroid hormone concentrations significantly increase throughout the duration of pregnancy. These concentrations and their neuroactive steroid metabolites may influence fetal neurodevelopment and seizure control among pregnant women with epilepsy. Enzyme-inducing (EI) antiseizure medications (ASMs) have been known to alter sex steroid hormone concentrations in the nonpregnant state. In a recent analysis […]

Epilepsy and pregnancy: Managing epilepsy during pregnancy and potential effects

Epilepsy and pregnancy: Managing epilepsy during pregnancy and potential effects

Women with epilepsy face unique challenges during pregnancy due to potential risks associated with seizures and antiepileptic medications. Here’s how to manage Managing epilepsy during pregnancy requires careful planning, monitoring and coordination between the patient, obstetrician and neurologist to ensure the health of both the mother and the unborn child. Women with epilepsy face unique challenges during pregnancy due to the potential risks […]

New author working to end stigma surrounding epilepsy

New author working to end stigma surrounding epilepsy

Sara Staggs is in Cleveland this weekend, participating in Cleveland Clinic’s Lifestyle Intervention For Epilepsy symposium “I’m doing so much better. The brain surgery that I had at the Cleveland Clinic was a laser ablation,” Staggs said. “It’s a relatively new surgery where they can just, instead of opening up your skull, taking out a […]

Exposure to Anti-Seizure Medications Does Not Appear to Harm Neurologic Development in Young Children

Exposure to Anti-Seizure Medications Does Not Appear to Harm Neurologic Development in Young Children

Published: September 28, 2023 Most mothers who took prescription anti-seizure medications during pregnancy can breathe a sigh of relief: Young children who were exposed to commonly prescribed medications in utero do not have worse neurodevelopmental outcomes than those of healthy women (Lancet Neurol 2023;22[8]:712-722). Commonly used anti-seizure medications, such as lamotrigine and levetiracetam, are generally considered […]

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