Can I stop my epilepsy medication? Haven’t had a seizure in over 6 years.

Question: Can I stop my epilepsy medication? I have been diagnosed with epilepsy 8 years ago and been put on Lamictal for awhile and then Epilim. But the meds are making me miserable feeling anger,anxiety and depression. I haven’t had a seizure in over 6 years. Can I stop the meds?

Answer: Hi. I understand that the medication may be affecting you. However you will need to consult with your Doctor before doing any modification whatsoever. You will need to undergo MRI Brain (plain and contrast) with MRA, MRV, MRS and whole spine screening and EEG. If results are normal, the drugs can be tapered and eventually eliminated. Until then I recommend you continue as is.

Regards,
Dr. Deepak Patel

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