Daily Health Tips: Can I Continue Taking Anti-Epileptic Drugs While Pregnant?


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Q: Doc I am one month pregnant and I am taking anti-epileptic drugs can they affect my babies?
 
A: Thanks for writing in and congratulations on your pregnancy! 😀
Before we go into what’s safe to use and what’s not, let’s describe epilepsy a bit.
 
Most of you have heard weird things about epilepsy. You have also most likely heard that it is contagious and so sharing cutleries, hugging and sitting close to epileptics puts you in the direct path of the problem, right? Wrong! Epilepsy is NOT contagious!!!
 
What is epilepsy? It is a problem of the nervous system where the cells of the brain ‘fire’ or behave abnormally leading to abnormal sensations, symptoms, behaviour and sometimes loss of consciousness. This is called a seizure but not every seizure is due to epilepsy. Seizures can occur in high fever (especially in children) and also due to…

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