Dr. Cynthia Harden, director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Care Center at North Shore-LIJ in Manhasset, N.Y., thinks many co-occurring conditions are caused by older drugs used to control seizures.
"I don't think you can explain this by lifestyle," she said. "We are using newer anti-seizure drugs, so the drug effect should be becoming less."
Harden recommends that doctors rely less on the older epilepsy drugs and "focus on using the newer ones that don't have so many adverse effects."
These newer drugs include Neurontin, Lamictal, Topamax, Zonegran, Keppra, Trileptal, and Gabitril, many of which are now generic.
For more information on epilepsy, visit the Epilepsy Foundation.
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