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The recent story about Sodium Valproate causing developmental difficulties and autism in children, if taken my their mothers when pregnant, is fascinating. Does this tendancy for Epilim to damage neurological function in developing brains extend into childhood, if it is the child who is epileptic?

Submitted by Graham on

Hi Graham

The particular risks being highlighted are about what happens with an unborn child when the mother is taking sodium valproate.

Sodium valproate is often prescribed for children. Sometimes it can have side effects. These usually go away when someone stops taking the medicine. If you have any concerns it would be worth talking these through with a doctor.



Epilepsy Action Helpline Team

Submitted by Cherry-Epilepsy... on

Epilepsy or the Big E as I call it there is a bit of light. Both myself and my wife suffer from epilepsy it took my wife's sisters life my epilepsy is totally uncontrolled 30-40 seizure's a year but the stigma has changed. I let it get the better of me and attempted suicide 18 months ago after 27 years of fighting the feeling of shame and self hatred that comes with it . The fact I did not succeed made me look at life differently found part time work in a large supermarket and now see apart from fear at first the people who I work with do nothing but show care and wonderful support and even customer's who see me go into seizure on the shop floor will go out of there way next time they shop to give me encouragement it is wonderful the feeling of shame is fading there is a long way to go but people understand and except things even when in recovery mode far better I look at things far more positive now please never give up, things are only getting far better and remember the sun does shine after the storm of each seizure. The medication I take 3000mg Levetiracetam 200mg lamotrigine 1200mg tegretol 20mg clobazam daily have there draw backs but positive attitude around you by people is life changing

Submitted by michael flanagan on

Hi Michael,

Thank you for the excellent, positive story!

Rich - Epilepsy Action

Submitted by rich on

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