Posted by: Cindy | 2017/08/18


Epilepsy and ADHD related.

Good Day My youngest daughter has epilepsy as well as ADHD I am trying to understand whether this is passed on genetically as I did go for genetic tests before I had children and was told I would not pass on my epilepsy which I developed at birth . I have Peti Mal Epilepsy as does my daughter both of which is well controlled on the Topamax and She is on 36Mg Concerta .Will She have to take Concerta permanently as she is in Grade 11 now . I take her off the Concerta during school holidays but without it I want to climb walls she is unable to concentrate even at this age .Your input would be Valuable .Her Marks on the Concerta have been fantastic

Expert's Reply


ADHD Expert
- 2017/08/21

Some forms of epilepsy may be genetic, but sometimes the conditions (epilepsy and ADHD) just happen to co-exist. Although methylphenidate could lower the seizure threshold (i.e. make your daughter more prone to seizures), if the epilepsy is well controlled (e.g. with the Topamax), there is no reason not to treat the ADHD - especially as it is improving her functioning.

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