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06 Apr 2004

Alcohol and Seizures
My husband has had a alcohol problem for many years. A few years ago he suddenly got seizures during the night, which to the family was terrible. The doctor put him on Epinutin, and he still continued to drink. He continued having the seizures, until almost a year ago when he got the seizures after each other, he decided that his health is important and so he stopped drinking. I am glad for that, but I still sleep with the fear that he may still get seizures especially during the night. His seizures were always at 2 and then again at 6. Please can you tell me whether they will stop?
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Dear Bee,
It's not possible to specifically tell you that the seizures will stop, bu they probably will do so. Glad to hear that your usband finally did see the light and stop drinking. Drinking alcohol can cause brain damage, which in itself can eventually cause seizures ; which would probably be controlled by a drug like Epanutin. But probably the commonest cause of seizures im alcoholics is related to times when they either stop drinking, or for any reason lower their alcohol intake --- the brain, used to being steadily sedated by the excess alcohol, can become over-active, leading to epileptic seizures. Only his doctor, after examining him and getting all background information, and perhaps having an EEG test done ( which measures the electrical activity of our brain ) can advise as to whether this problem is likely to be permanently over, or a continuing, probably small risk, in which case he might best remain on an anti-epileptic medicine like Epanutin.
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