Posted by: Concerned Mum | 2010-08-22


Hi Doc. I have a 9 year older daughter who has been diagnosed with very mild epilepsy. She has been getting 1 seizure per year. This started when she was 4 years old. I have been to many doctors &  2 doctors in Pretoria - Dr Lippert &  Dr Du Plessis have advised me to put her on treatment. The medication is called Tegretol. However, I have been reading about all the side effects and I am very worried as to whether or not I should give her this medication. What would you as a doctor advise me to do. I am very worried and need your help. Can you also tell me more about epilepsy and what would you do if you were in my shoes. Thank you!

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It is very important to understand epilepsy and I suggest that you refer to the following link:

If her condition is left untreated, she could have a serious epileptic attack with severe consiquences. I will therefore, treat her and monitor her closely for side-effects. Tegretol is relatively safe to use but I do suggest that you have blood tests done on a regular basis to monitor the Tegretol levels.


Dr Anrich Burger

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Posted by: Andrea | 2010-08-24

Dear concerned mum. for what it''s worth - my father has been on Tegretol for 27 years now, and has reported no side-effects. I have been on Keppra for 9 years now, seizure free, but I''ve got a different kind of epilepsy than that of my father, so i guess certain medications are given for certain types of epilepsy. My neurologist for example told me that Tegretol will not work with my type of epilepsy. But go for a 2nd opinion if you really feel uneasy about this. I can refer you to Dr. Marië t van Niekerk at the Wilgers Mediese Konsortium (opposite Wilgers Hospital). I''ve been with her since my diagnosis.

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