AEDs are still associated with a number of side-effects, including overwhelming tiredness, dizziness/loss of balance, memory problems and headaches. Of the side-effects that you experience, which do you feel has the most impact upon your life (i.e. if you could eliminate just one, which would you choose)?
Anti-epileptic drug (AED) side-effects - Epilepsy Research UK
Epilepsy Research UK
memory problems -
Tiredness and lack of concentration
Tough question..... ideally all of them..... probably memory problems x
Wow, you are only asking for 1 elimination! honestly I would wish them all to be gone yet probably or almost certainly Tiredness/Loss of memory. They are a constant battle in my life. Hope this some how answers your query? Best Wishes.
Thank you very much for your responses everyone. I know it's tough to pick just one when there are so many that need to be addressed; but your feedback is very helpful. We're hoping that all of our members will comment so that we can get a better picture of the relative impact that AED side-effects have on people's lives. All the best!
have them all but the memory problems really get to me
Hi there. I'm new to the forum and am finding it really helpful reading people's views on a variety of topics. I have complex partial seizures and I feel this affects me in a number of ways-both my memory- which I know is common in temporal lobe epilepsy and in my professional life when declaring it to my employers-absolutely dread telling employers owing to stigma and ignorance. Would be good to hear from anyone with similar problems
The tremor in my hands
Tiredness - I have tried changing my diet (in order to combat fatigue, I'm 5ft 5'' and 50kg I don't need to loose weight), I exercised regularly recreationally and as part of my work - so it wasn't a fitness issue. However, I would get back from work/events and just sleep. I went back to academia and the tiredness has increased - it is hateful. I fight it every moment of every day and I think that on my tombstone they will put 'Here lies Christine, like she bloody always did only now she is as anticonvulsant free as she is ever likely to be.'
Triedness/Lack of energy/weakness. Thankfully haven't suffered to badly with memory loss.
Awful behaviour. Our daughter is now off AED because we couldn't cope with the side effects. Consultant found the behaviour issues really odd and refused to accept that it was related to epilepsy. I have read many accounts of children's behaviour altering when they have epilepsy or are on AED. Does anyone else have similar experiences?
I'd been on Tegretol for 25 years. Memory loss and foggy brain were the worst. Finally at 50yrs gave all medication up 'cos wanted to enjoy life with clear thinking and energy. Now I still get seizures, but otherwise more cheerful and full of life.
Hi! I've been taking two anti epileptic drugs. I have no side effects.
Not being able to follow complex instructions and processes? Short term memory loss
I am now finding the same thing. It is taking me longer to process things in my brain Following complex instructions is bad. Concentration capability now is much worse. I am slower, and short-term memory loss is bad.
Definitely memory loss / hazy thinking.
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